Church is transformed for a new Easter experience

Parishioners have transformed their church to tell the story of Easter in a moving new way.

A small group of churchgoers from Cambo, Kirkwhelpington, Kirkharle, Kirkheaton and Scots Gap have set up an interactive experience that follows the last weeks of Jesus’ life.

It is focused on Cambo Church, where six ‘stations’ have been set up, posing reflective questions and offering hands-on activities, such as sharing food and writing hopes and dreams on pebbles.

More than 80 children from Belsay and Cambo first schools have already experienced the project.

Priest-In-Charge the Rev Dagmar Winter said: “It has been a wonderful team effort to put this together by people from Cambo Church, but also Scots Gap Methodist Church. Everyone played to their strengths, from the electrician who got the lighting just right to people who are very good with crafts.

“The children came to us and adults were telling them the stories and doing activities, but the church is open for all and when I went to pick something up the other day there was a couple in who said it was really moving. There is a lovely sheet that people can pick up, or they can just wander around in their own time, reflecting on the events of the last weeks of Jesus’ life.

“There is something wonderful that wherever you stand in Cambo Church you can see the cross and the betrayal station, but you can also see the lovely rainbow colours on the altar front. There is darkness and pain, but there is also hope.

“I think this just brings the Easter message alive and it shows how the whole story fits together.”

The church is open daily until Easter Sunday, from 10am to 4pm, with an open evening on Wednesday.