As part of the chapel’s community outreach programme some 130 children together with their teachers and teaching assistants from Crook, Peases West, Howden and Stanley Crook Primary Schools came together over three days to explore this year’s Easter Journey at Crook St. Andrew’s Dawson Street Chapel, Crook The project was led by Phil Mason, lay worker in the West Durham Methodist Circuit together with chapel support staff.
The Easter Journey project provides an exciting opportunity to perform a delightful, easy-to-do presentation of the Easter story to local primary schools. Aimed at Year 5 children, the children take part in the Journey to discover the things that happened during the week of Jesus’ death. Through role-play and storytelling the children travelled from the palm-waving celebrations in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday to taking part in the Passover meal with the disciples in the Upper Room. The children listened to what happened in the Garden of Gethsemane and, viewing a children’s animated cartoon, encountered Jesus’ cruel death on the cross on Good Friday. They experienced for themselves some of the emotions felt by those who knew Jesus well. The story doesn’t end there, of course, and they discover what happened three days later on the very first Easter morning when the tomb was found to be empty!
The children later, after refreshments, made a variety of crafts to take home – gift wrapped boxes with coloured small wooden crosses.
Revd Ray Anglesea, chapel minister said “The children together with their teachers were enthusiastic and excited by what they saw and learnt from the Easter Journey. It made their time at church an enjoyable and positive experience.”