Easter is always a special time at Millfield and this year was no exception. The Maundy Thursday (17 April) prayer stations, meditations and supper were well-attended and were a fitting precursor the the “main events”. The morning service on Good Friday was very special and blessings were evident throughout, but particularly as the band played Dean Jones’ arrangement of Written in Red and sang “When I survey the wondrous cross”. However, the most poignant moment of the service occurred during the final song – “The Power of the Cross” – when a number of people accepted the invitation to stand at the foot of the cross.
“Messy Church” was held, for the first time on a Saturday, and there was a distinct Easter message contained within the numerous activities, from glass painting to scratch art and from finger painting to bracelet making.
Easter Sunday started with breakfast, enjoyed by many members of the corps, and precisely at 10:00am, the band led a march of witness through the streets of Millfield, proclaiming the message “Christ the Lord is risen today – Hallelujah!” There was a great buzz of enthusiasm among the numerous followers. Worship throughout the day was a source of great blessing for all and it was fitting that the day concluded with an enthusiastic rendition of the hymn “Thine Is the Glory”, in particular, the glorious final stanza, “Endless is the victory, Thou o’er death has won”.
Millfield Matters newsletter No. 24, edited by Ray Brown