Saturday, 11 April 2009
Easter brings with it the culmination of the Easter Path after 6 weeks of activity, interest and a surprising amount of maintenance. We've had displays that got accidentally broken requiring repair with a blowtorch; one window that got replaced due to a shop refurbishment which meant the original design had to be radically changed; one display that kept mysteriously being removed for the first few weeks of the path and one central artwork that got sold while the shop owner was on holiday!
Throughout Lent we've guided a number of groups around the path at various times of day and in various conditions and we know that there have been lots of other groups using the path as an opportunity to do their own Lenten walk. Good Friday saw our final BEYOND group walking the path in the rain from midday to 2pm followed by fish and chips by the beach.
We've had a lot of interest from the media, especially over the last week as they look for good Easter stories and have filmed news reports with both Meridian and BBC South East Today. You can read a short report at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/sussex/7993987.stm and hopefully the TV reports will appear online soon.
Emily Jeffery of BBC Radio Sussex recorded a wonderful piece for their Sunday morning show which you can listen to on Easter Sunday sometime between 7am and 9am or here.
Through doing this we have learnt a lot about what it means to bring the Easter message out of the church and into the community. For most people Easter is about bunnies, chicks and chocolate - a million miles away from the suffering, death and resurrection that we focus on in the church, and yet these themes are incredibly relevant to modern day life especially in a recession when people are only too aware of the meaninglessness of materialistic living. It is time we stopped huddling away in our churches concentrating on our own little rituals and iconic observances and found ways to engage with those around us who are looking for some hope and inspiration and Easter is a great opportunity for that.
On April 26th we are bringing together all the exhibits from the Easter Path plus a few extras, including a visit from Siku, the artist who created The Manga Bible who will be telling us a bit about his work on this project. The event is at the Old Market from 7pm with bar open from 6.30. If you weren't able to make it round the Easter Path during Lent, please come and see everything together in the one place.