Doncaster Evangelical Church

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."


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Good Friday

The Crucifixion

And as they led him away, they seized one Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, and laid on him the cross, to carry it behind Jesus.  And there followed him a great multitude of the people and of women who were mourning and lamenting for him. (Luke 23:26,27 ESV)

Two others, who were criminals, were led away to be put to death with him.  And when they came to the place that is called The Skull, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on his right and one on his left.   And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”  And they cast lots to divide his garments. (Luke 23:32-34 ESV)

The Death of Jesus

 It was now about the sixth hour (noon), and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour (3:00pm), while the sun’s light failed.  And the curtain of the temple was torn in two.  Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”  And having said this he breathed his last.  Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!”  (Luke 23: 44-47 ESV)

Easter Services

Easter Week Services 18th – 20th April

A reminder of our Easter services this week; please come and join us.

Maundy Thursday with Communion: 7:30pm – 9pm

Good Friday: 12:30pm – 1:30pm

Easter Sunday: Morning Family Service 10:45am – 12noon  &  Evening Service 6:30pm – 8pm

Activities on Easter Break

Our weekly activities of Tiny Tots, Ark Club & WAY Club will not be meeting for the two weeks of the Easter School Break but will be back on their usual day and time week commencing Monday 29th April.

Easter Message from our Pastor

A few years ago, a poll asking 2,000 parents across the UK discovered that almost 79% of children do not know the true meaning of Easter; a quarter thinking it is to celebrate the Easter bunny’s birthday and more than 25% believing it celebrated the date chocolate was invented! It is likely this number has increased since then.

One in three British children aged eight to fifteen don’t know why we celebrate Good Friday, while for Easter Sunday it’s one in four. Research carried out by YouGov for the Bible Society revealed that children are bewildered by the Easter story; confusing it with other parts of the Bible, Aesop’s fables, and even fairy tales, with a quarter believing the Golden Goose and the Hare and the Tortoise may feature in the Easter story. These findings are supported by the Bible Society’s earlier ‘Pass it On’ report, in which 43% of eight to fifteen-year olds indicated they had never read, seen or heard the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus. Similarly, 71% of parents with children aged three to fifteen indicated they didn’t think their child had ever read, seen or heard the story.

Christmas and Easter celebrate key truths of the Christian message, but Christmas is much more popular than Easter – especially in terms of its commercial sales. Sadly, many do not always know the true meaning of Christmas and it is becoming more secular with little reference to its truths.

We at Doncaster Evangelical Church invite you to our Easter services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as well as to the family event on Wednesday 17th April, when we will celebrate and remind ourselves of the amazing truths behind why we celebrate Easter. While serious things will be looked at, there will certainly be joy and celebration as we proclaim again the Good News of all Jesus accomplished in His life, death and resurrection. The church declares this Good News at all times, but we will certainly focus on such at Easter.

You are welcome to join with us as we look again at what Easter is about and we celebrate the only One to conquer death and who can give us the hope of eternal life which we can begin to enjoy now.

 

“Christ died for our sins, was buried, was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures”

1 Corinthians 15v3-4