Outdoor singing and a self-service feet wash - Easter across the diocese

Processions, outdoor singing, Easter gardens, online services and a self-service feet wash were just some of the ways our churches marked this most holy of Christian seasons. 

COVID-19 continues to impact greatly on the way worship and activities are conducted, and in response church communities have continued to come up with creative ways of supporting their local areas and maintaining different forms of worship. 

In Horton-in-Ribblesdale, known to many as the starting point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a group of walkers from St Oswald’s Church carried a large cross on Good Friday through the village of Horton (pictured).

Once the cross had reached its destination at the churchyard, an outdoor service followed with congregational singing taking place for the first time for over a year. 

In Shepley, the Easter Sunday Service at St Paul’s was met with both joy and sadness as they said farewell to the Revd Canon Joyce Jones (pictured) whose time as incumbent of the parish had come to an end.

In Leeds, the traditional Washing of Feet on Maundy Thursday was given a twist by Father Darren Percival of St Hilda's Church, Cross Green.

Seventy two hours before Maundy Thursday a face cloth and bar of soap were put into an envelope, along with a piece of scripture from the Gospel of John, and given out to a selection of people from the church who washed their feet at home.

At St. Mary’s Church in Carleton-in-Craven, Easter Sunday saw the blessing of a banner (pictured), designed by Chris Alexander, with the daffodils made by the congregation and villagers of Carleton. 

This is the second banner made during lockdown, with a Christmas one also unveiled at the outdoor Carol Service on Christmas Eve, designed by Alison Gaynor and all the different elements made by pupils at Carleton Endowed School, St. Mary’s congregation and members of the village. 

An Easter Cross (pictured), made from recycled plastic bottle tops, hung from a tree on the grounds of St Philip's Church in Birchencliffe. Comments of appreciation were given by people driving or walking past for this beautiful display of hope.

At Christ Church in Skipton, crosses produced by one of the congregation members, Clive Naylor, were planted in the Church grounds for all to see on the lead up to Easter, with the addition of a larger white cross added on Easter Sunday.


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