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Easter Services 2024

A copy of our Easter 24 leaflet with these details
Palm Sunday 24th March


10.30am Holy Communion with gift of Palm Crosses at St Mary’s Church
10.30am Holy Communion at Purton Methodist Church
4.00pm Messy Church at St Mary’s Church
There will be a Procession and Easter activities, refreshments, crafts
- children must bring an adult!


Maundy Thursday 28th March


7.30pm Holy Communion at St Mary’s


Good Friday 29th March

10.00am Walk of Reflection and Witness (starting at Pavenhill Shops)
(Also at any time) Your own reflective walk Around Purton
Collect a Guide from outside St Mary’s Church or
from the Coop or One Stop or download from the website
2.00pm Hour at the Cross - United Service at St Mary’s
A time to reflect on what Christ did for us -
with Bible Readings, Prayer, Hymns & Times of Quiet

Easter Day - Sunday 31st March


8.00am Holy Communion at St Mary’s
10.30am Easter Celebration with Family Communion at St Mary’s
10.30am Easter Morning Service at Purton Methodist Church

 

An Easter message to everyone from Purton Churches

Easter Resurrection Hope — “Stand and Stare”

W H Davies asked, “What is this life if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare?” A challenging, but also encouraging question, reminding us to reassess our existence and appreciate the seasonality of creation and life. An accident, illness or death makes the apparent important things seemingly irrelevant, rendering us to ‘stand and stare’. As the season of spring comes with rebirth and renewal, we are incited to ‘stand and stare’, to marvel at God’s creation.


The angels said to the women, “Why do you look
for the living among the dead? He is not here; He
has risen!” [Luke chapter 24 verses 5-6 - The Bible]


A summon that echoes clearly in our celebration of Easter, paying attention to Luke’s gospel account of Jesus’ resurrection. The women were left to ‘stand and stare’, perplexed on realisation that the stone was rolled away, and the tomb was empty. Perplexity did not mean paralysis and the message of hope resounded triumphantly. Hope that will not die because of the gift of salvation offered to all who believe. May you feel inspired this Easter to ‘stand and stare’ for what God has done through Christ.

Revd Shirlyn Toppin (Methodist Minister)