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Make your Easter parade a walk of blessing

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Suitable for: Any or All Locations
Estimated costs: £10-£100
Suggested frequency: Daily
Hosted by: Local church
Activity: Community
Author: HOPE
Published: 09/02/2015

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For hundreds of years, Christians in different villages, towns and cities, have joined together to take part in a walk on Good Friday to remember Jesus’ journey from his trial to the place of his crucifixion. Others have been involved in a parade on Easter Sunday to witness to Jesus’ resurrection. If these are key traditions in your church calendar why not use them as another opportunity to show God’s love to your community? Consider how your walk could be a blessing to others and how you could invite them to join in the celebration of Easter.


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  • Hand out goodies as you walk along with invitations to your Easter Sunday service, such as helium balloons, chocolates or Hot Cross Buns. Take time to stop and chat to those around.

  • End the walk with an open air service of praise and thanksgiving.

  • Or you could finish the walk by stopping somewhere central and offering to pray for local people who would like to be healed. ‘Healing on the Streets’ started at a church in Northern Ireland and is being replicated around the UK, see many healed and come to faith after they have been prayed for.

Rationale

Invite your community to take part in the walk, and make it as much about giving as remembering. Make the act accessible and memorable, a celebration as well as thought provoking.

Outcome

Engage your community with the procession of the cross.


This idea can be found on page 90 of Hope Heartbeat ©2013 HOPE08 Ltd. For more ideas, Hope Heartbeat is available for purchase from the website above.


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