Firelighters and Early Risers: an Anglican Easter

by Michael Ford last modified 26 Mar, 2013 11:05 AM

Every parish will stage events and services across the Easter weekend (29-31 March).

Firelighters and Early Risers: an Anglican Easter

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On Good Friday, Seend Church will host Children’s Workshops from 10am, including clay modelling, paper art, a  quiz and an Easter garden, followed by a short service with the Youth Orchestra. St Paul’s Salisbury’s Western-themed ‘A Town Called Forgiven’ begins at 10am with cowboy hats, fun and games and unconfirmed rumours of line-dancing.

Processions organised by Churches Together include a ‘Walk of Witness’ in Gillingham, beginning in the Library car park, and a ‘Procession of Witness’ in Shaftesbury, beginning at the Commons. Both start at 11am.

On Easter Eve (Saturday 30 March), there will be an Easter Bonfire and Vigil Service at St Mary’s Dorchester (8pm); a Service of Light, ‘Celebrating Easter with New Fire’ at St Laurence’s Downton (8.30pm), and an Easter Eve Communion and Vigil and the lighting of the Easter Candles in St John’s Church, Pewsey (8pm).

On Easter Sunday, the day will start early with various 6am services, including the Church of the Holy Angels’ ‘Dawn Service with Baptism’ at Sandbanks Beach near Lilliput, and St John’s ‘Dawn Service of Light’ in Tisbury.

Larger events include Wimborne Minster’s 9.45am service, featuring Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus played by the Minster choir and orchestra. Looking further ahead, St James’ Alderholt will run their popular ‘ReCreate’ festival between 3 and 7 April at the Recreation Ground, Alderholt, with children’s Easter workshops, a community café, evening entertainments and a Sunday morning service.

The Bishop of Salisbury, Nicholas Holtam, said “When lighting the new fires at Easter, we will pray that the brightness of Christ’s one true light will set us aflame with the fire of God’s love. This is a light for all the world. The resurrection of Jesus brings new life, freedom, peace and joy at the dawn of a new day.”


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