The Easter Journey’s aim is that every child will hear the account of key characters within the events of Holy Week and Easter and be encouraged to consider, question and explore, 'Who was Jesus?', 'Why was he put to death on a cross?', 'Did he really come back to life?' and 'How is Jesus's life, and death, relevant to their own lives and the lives of believers today?'
There are eight churches hosting The Easter Journey in 2017.
Week One: 13th – 17th March
St Martin’s Knebworth, St Mary’s Shephall & St Peter's Broadwater
Week Two: 20th - 24th March
Holy Trinity Old Town & St Andrew and St George New Town
Week Three: 27th – 31st March
All Saints Hertford, St Hugh and St John’s Chells, St Nicholas Old Town
As the children arrive at church they will be welcomed and asked to gather round the empty tomb. It is here that their Easter Journey will begin. The children will be invited to become detectives; with the challenge of piecing together evidence not only from the empty tomb but also from five key characters.
- The disciple John
- The disciple Judas Iscariot
- The disciple Peter
- A Centurion
- Nicodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin
Each child will be issued with a Detective Note Book and as they split into small groups and visit each character they will be given a piece of evidence to stick into their book to help remind them of all they have seen, heard and learnt about Jesus and the events that took place.
The children’s journey will draw to a close as they all return to the empty tomb and share what evidence they have gathered. It is here that they will meet Mary Magdalen and receive their final piece of evidence, before having some light refreshments and heading back to school.
The whole ‘Journey’ will take approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.