Easter in the Park 2016 Report

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The second ever ‘Easter in the Park’ was held on Friday 25th March 2016 (Good Friday) in Glynllifon Park near Caernarfon.

Easter in the Park is a day for families to come together and learn about the Easter Story.  This was done through games, craft, treasure hunts and more.

The day commenced at 12.00pm where there was an opportunity for families to take a picnic and socialise with other families and Easter in the Park leaders at Melin Glan-yr-Afon.  Families were registered at this time also.

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The treasure hunt then started at 1.00pm.  A pack of six eggs was given to each family/team, and the aim of the hunt was for the families to collect these items from the different leaders dotted around the park.  The items that they had to collect included leaves, money, wood, cloth and stones.  The items were connected to the talk that was going to be given in the amphitheatre, which was the final destination of the treasure hunt.  As well collecting these items there was an opportunity for the families to take part in different games and activities as well as enjoying being outdoors.  We were very thankful to the Lord for giving us such lovely weather.

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Anyway when everyone had arrived at the amphitheatre it was time for the talk which, as I said, based on the items collected during the treasure hunt.  Therefore the leaves represented the warm welcome Jesus experienced as he rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday.  The money reminded us  how that welcome very quickly turned cold as Jesus was betrayed by one of his friends, Judas Iscariot.  Of course the wood reminded us of the cruel way Jesus was killed on the cross, but that he also did that to take the punishment for all the wrong things we have done so that we could be forgiven and know God.  The cloth reminded us that Jesus’s body was wrapped in clothes and placed into a grave carved out of a rock.  The stone reminded us that the big stone that covered Jesus’s grave was rolled away when the women came on that famous Sunday morning to treat Jesus’s body with spices, and the shock that they experienced!  The last egg was empty in order to remind us that the grave was empty, that Jesus came back to life, and that he still lives today.  Everyone was challenged to become friends with the Jesus who is still alive today.

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After this everyone made their way back to Melin Glan-yr-Afon for tea and coffee and for the children to take part in the various craft activities as well as have a go on ‘Guardians of Anchora’, the new game produced by Scripture Union to help children read the bible.  It is available on most smartphones and tablets for free.

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Many thanks to all of those people who came to help with Easter in the Park, as well as the 80 people who came and enjoyed the day.  The hope is that events like these will encourage and help churches to reach out effectively to whole families with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  That is the vision of Easter in the Park.

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