Easter Sunday - "He is Risen"
Todays service was in celebration of the rising from the dead of Jesus
The service started with Terry presenting his famous bag and inviting the little people to come forward and guess what was in the bag.... with a bunch of flowers popping out of the bag, everyone expected the first guess to be "flowers" but instead they chose chocolates as their choice....maybe Easter Eggs could have had something to do with it !
Terry put his hand into the bag and pulled out a large Easter egg in a box.
Expecting to have some description of what Easter Eggs were all about, there was a surprise announcement....It was the birthday of a long standing member of the church....
It was Dessie's birthday that day.... The entire congregation stood and sang "Happy Birthday" to him as he was presented with the chocolate egg.
Terry then asked what else was in the bag, and the children followed with "flowers".
Terry pulled a bunch of flowers out of the bag and said that he wanted them to go to someone that works extremely hard for the church and who has not been well recently and unfortunately had again fallen foul of a virus and was not in church. That was Emily Kearon , our Clerk and senior elder. Terry presented the flowers to Brian and asked him to wish her well and send all of our love and prayers.
Next guess on "What else is in the bag ?" got answers of "Easter eggs" to which Terry produced a bag of Easter Eggs and shared them among the young attendees ( with the permission of the parents - naturally ) .
The message here was that it was a time to share a great message that "Jesus has risen and that He lives again to save us "
Final question was "A Rock" as they peered into the bag.
The significance of the Rock was that it had been a large rock that was rolled away from the front of the tomb where Jesus was buried in to reveal that Jesus had risen and had gone to His father.
We sang a hymn called "He is Lord" .
The children then left to go to Sunday class and Terry proceeded to the service which was from Matthew 28: 1-24