It's Easter- but not as we know it!
Methodists and other Christians had to celebrate Easter at home this year, due to the closure of church buildings during the coronavirus crisis. Instead of decorating churches, many people chose to decorate homes and gardens with Easter crosses covered in flowers, to remind their neighbours and passers-by that this is the season when we remember Jesus's resurrection, bringing hope of new life and a time to come when there will be no more tears or sickness.
The Great 50 Days
As we move forward from Easter, the Yorkshire North and East District has challenged Methodists to join in marking the 'Great 50 Days' between Easter and Pentecost.
There are three themes for this time:
Love: consider ways to show your love for God, your neighbours and yourself during this difficult time.
Pray: for those who are ill, anxious, or grieving, for key workers and scientists working on vaccines and ways to treat Covid-19, for your church, yourself and those close to you.
Give: to support those struggling during the current crisis both in the UK and abroad (eg foodbanks, and All We Can), and to support your church.
There are some suggestions for Week One activities available to download from this page.