I recently met with church leaders from across Waterlooville – a meeting to which I was invited as Priest-in-charge of Purbrook. (Christ Church is just outside the catchment area, so I haven’t been before!) We were talking about our various services for Good Friday. There’s quite a variety across the area. There are Easter Egg hunts, quiet reflective services and processions of witness. The hope is that there is something for everyone.
We are aware that not everybody is the same (thank goodness!). Not only that, but a varied diet is good for us, so it is healthy that our churches are individual and that our services and activities are varied.
This is something that we try to do within the Portsdown Cluster of churches. Across our three parishes we do things slightly differently, but we hope that members of our churches, and those who don’t go to any church, will be able to find appropriate ways of remembering the events of the first Good Friday and Easter.
As Christians we believe that those events changed the story of our relationship with God. For as Jesus died on the cross, he opened up the possibility of each of us knowing God, and as he rose from death to life, he showed the power that God has, even over death itself.
So, do come and join us, whether that’s for quiet reflection, songs of praise, or even hot cross buns or bacon rolls.
“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5)
Revd Andy Wilson
Vicar, Christ Church Portsdown
Priest-in-Charge, St John the Baptist Purbrook
Curate, Church of the Good Shepherd Crookhorn
Chaplain, Havant & Waterlooville FC