Published on: 28 Mar 2016
In the days leading up to Easter, 850 children from four primary schools visited St James Church in Mangotsfield to learn about the events of Holy Week in a visual and interactive way.
Children from Mangotsfield Cof E Primary, Lyde Green Primary, Barley Close Community Primary and Emersons Green Primary arrived class by class. They were greeted by cheering crowds like those that would have welcomed Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. They then travelled around the church and some had they feet washed before sharing bread and grapes (representing wine) as Jesus and his disciples would have done at the Last Supper.
The peaceful and reflective Garden of Gethsemane was a favourite place to rest before travelling through to another corner of the church where the children heard about the crucifixion before visiting a large empty tomb and hearing about the resurrection.
The church was also open for the community to share in this Experience on Saturday March 19 and the Brownies and other church groups visited too.