Easter in Exmouth, 2013
Good Friday service in The Strand
Easter is the greatest Christian festival when we remember Jesus rising from the dead after dying as sacrifice for the sins of mankind, fulfilling all the prophesies of the Old Testament and his own destiny as the son of God.
It is incredible in so many ways, not least that our creator God should love and care for us so much that He would go through all this, first to redeem us and then to show us his glory.
So this is why we process behind a Cross to our service in The Strand at 11am on Good Friday, and why the service is built on the twin foundations of regret at our failings but hope at what the future and eternity may bring It is also why we enjoy the sad spice of hot cross buns and the fun and joy of new life represented by Easter eggs.
Happy Easter! God believes in you as he does in all of us, whether church goers or not.
It is up to each of us how we respond to God's love!!
Saturday 18th May, 7.30pm
Concert in aid of Open Door Centre
Open Door Centre, Church Street, EX8 1PE Click here for poster .....
Saturday 25th May
"It must be love" The Strand
Sun 26th May 6.30 pm
Traditional Songs of Praise
Tower Street Methodist church
Sun 9th June 3.00-4.30pm
ICE : Praise, Prayer and Picnic
Exmouth Community College, Green Close site
(ICE = Initiative in Christian Education)
Exmouth Community Larder
The Exmouth Community Larder, initiated by Christians Together in Exmouth, is open Mondays and Fridays 2.15 until 4.15pm at the Salvation Army Hall (click here for more information)
Songs of Praise in The Strand, Sunday 16th Sept.
On Sunday 16th September Christians from all over Exmouth came together in The Strand for a Songs of Praise service. In addition to a variety of modern hymns and songs, led by an enthusiastic band, we heard testimonies from several of the social outreach programmes run by Christian churches in Exmouth including NightShift
, the Open Door café
and Christians Against Poverty (CAP
). and a Parenting and Marriage Course.
(click links for more information )
Rev Benedict Cambridge gave an address aimed at drawing Christians of all denominations together in spreading the Word of Jesus and in working to help others in the community, whatever their faith. Glenorchy Church opened its refurbished hall for refreshments and a lively dicussion afterwards. A successful afternoon!
An exciting year .... CTE AGM report
It has been an exciting year within CTE as we have planned fresh approaches to many of the events.
This year’s Sunday service for the week of prayer for Christian unity was led by myself and Rev’d Robert Sellers, who preached that the different flavours of denominations all have the substance of Christianity in common. We also heard testimonies about different aspects of Christian work and witness that are happening across the town, which was a great encouragement. I would like to thank the churches that hosted the lunch time prayer meetings during the week of prayer and who provided a much welcomed light lunch.
Following the week of prayer we launched a new monthly CTE prayer meeting looking at different aspects of life in Exmouth.
Easter this year saw us try something new on Good Friday which we called Easter Witness. Three groups processed from three different locations each led by a cross as we all gathered in the Strand for a public act of worship embracing both the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. It was a great witness to the town and a platform to build upon for next year. Thank you for all those who were involved.
I want to pass on my personal thanks to David Ley and Laura McAdam for the work they have done this year in helping me lead CTE as co-Chairs. Also to I wish to thank all those who have been involved with the Think Tank, these have been very fruitful meetings in planning and organising.
Every blessing, Yours in Christ
Rev’d Simon Atkinson, Minister Chair of CTE