So starts the second number of the cantata by Roger Jones – Jerusalem Joy – performed by a combined choir and band of 60 from the churches in Crowthorne and Sandhurst plus members of the Crowthorne CofE School choir last Sunday 10th April.
Jerusalem Joy retells the story from Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jersualem on Palm Sunday, to his death on a cross on the Friday and the amazing events of Easter Sunday morning when hisdisciples discover that Jesus “is not here” – he is risen from the dead.
Soloists from the choir took on roles in this semi-staged performance that was enthusiastically received by the audience of c150 at St John the Baptist Church, Crowthorne.
PS A week later, and we’re still humming the catchy tune to ‘Jesus rode a donkey into town’.
Blessed with amazing sunshine, members from Churches Together in Crowthorne resumed ‘normal’ Good Friday activities in Crowthorne today, following the Covid-enforced two year pause.
We gathered for a short act of worship in the Baptist Church which included a powerful video “Mary did you know?” and a monologue read by Rev Kevin Mill describing Pilate’s struggle to write a report to his superiors following the dramatic events surrounding the Crucifixion.
Next, approximately 60 people joined the Walk of Witness, following a plain wooden cross to 5 different “stations” along the High St. At each station, we listened to a description from the Bible telling the story and were given a different object to focus on – a nail, a thorn (holly leaf), a piece of wood, a piece of curtain torn in two and finally a stone representing the stone rolled in front of Jesus’ tomb. It certainly made us think more deeply about the suffering that Jesus endured on that day.
As we closed, Rev Kevin Mills reminded us that whilst the events of Good Friday was not the end, we also needed to remember the Saturday – Jesus dead and buried – before celebrating the excitement of new life on Easter Sunday.
Thanks to everyone who took part, particularly the Methodist Church for hosting refreshments and Rev Kevin Mills and the Baptist Church for hosting the service and coordinating the Walk of Witness ‘Stations’.
Join the churches of Crowthorne and Sandhurst for a contemporary musical production, retelling the events in the week leading upto Jesus’ death on a cross. “Jerusalem Joy”, a musical by Roger Jones, retells the story from Palm Sunday up to Easter Sunday using catchy tunes.
The choir and solists have been drawn from local churches and Crowthorne CoE school. Entrance is free, and the performance starts at 6:30pm on Sunday 10th April at St John’s Church, Crowthorne.
Join us to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ this CHRISTmas!
A warm welcome guaranteed from all the churches in Crowthorne and Finchampstead.
Please note that in the interests of safety, some services have been moved “online” or cancelled, so do please check the website before heading out!
Are you ready to Celebrate Christmas? This will be the second year that Churches Together in Crowthorne have continued the tradition started by Newman’s and Abbotts, of hosting the Christmas lamp post decorations in the High Street. It’s also the second year that many plans have been disrupted by Covid. The Good News is that God’s plan for each of us hasn’t changed: he longs to be ‘with us’ bringing hope right now in all our messy and chaotic lives. Find out more at one of our churches this Christmas.
Hope to see you there! Happy CHRISTmas.
Please help us to all keep safe this Christmas. We ask you to kindly not attend if you are displaying Coronavirus symptons or have been told to isloate. Please wear a face covering throughout the service (unless exempt). Thank you.
With new drone footage and photography of our beautiful community (including pics from Late Night Shopping 2021), the Churches in Crowthorne once again offer a Blessing for Christmas – THE CROWTHORNE CHRISTMAS BLESSING December 2021.
Many thanks to James Laverick and Barry Bailey to enable this video to happen!