Doncaster Evangelical Church

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


Good Friday

The Crucifixion

Crucifixion-e1489401145591And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots.  Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”  And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.” (Matthew 27:35-37,39,40 ESV)

The Death of Jesus

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour.  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”  And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.  And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.  And the earth shook, and the rocks were split.  When the centurion and those who were with him, keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were filled with awe and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

(Matthew 27:45-47, 50, 51, 54ESV)

Easter Message from our Pastor

The first line a hymn that we may have sung at some time in our life, says “There is a green hill far away”.

Its opening line may not be totally accurate, as it is likely that Calvary was akin to a rubbish dump and was conveniently used as a place of execution. Because of that it would have been outside the wall of the city of Jerusalem, away from homes – as are our rubbish dumps and landfill sites. The rest of the hymn highlights many truths of the Easter account.  In a clear and understandable way, it tells us of some of the amazing things that happened that first Easter weekend.

It shows us that the events which happened there that Good Friday were not a mistake or a cruel twist in a good man’s life, but were something amazing as the Son of God deliberately and willingly went to the cross of Calvary and died in such a gruesome way.  Historians writing about crucifixion describe it as a most agonising and painful way to die. While we can be awed by the physical sufferings of Jesus, we are not to leave it at that. We sing that “it was for us he hung and suffered there”. This is what the Bible teaches us as He was our substitute and would die in our place to take the punishment all our wrong words, thoughts, desires and actions deserved.  He swapped with us so that “we might be forgiven, He died to make us good, that we might go at last to heaven, saved by His precious blood.”

The Bible shows us that Jesus is the perfect son of God, who took to Himself a real body like ours (the event we celebrate at Christmas) and He lived a perfect life. He was the perfect One who willingly laid down his life to pay the price of all our wrong before God, which the Bible calls “sin”. He was the only one who “could unlock the gate of heaven and let us in”. Because of that we must “trust in his redeeming blood” – we must come to believe in Him as our own Saviour and then live in a way that pleases Him – “try His works to do”.

Although this lovely hymn ends at that point, the Bible account doesn’t and the seeming disaster of Good Friday is declared to be a victory on Easter Sunday morning, as this same one rises from the dead forever and is declared by His resurrection to be the Victor over death and the one whose death has opened the way to God for all who trust in Him.

GoodFridayEasterWorshipThis Easter we will again declare that ‘Good News’ (we do all the time, but especially at Easter). We invite everyone to come and join with us this Easter Sunday as we will rejoice at the ‘Good News’ of the risen Saviour.

Spotlight English Club

We are pleased to announce that we will be starting a new venture in April called the

Spotlight English Club

Wednesday 11th April 10:30am – 12noon

This is an English Conversation Club intended for those whose first language is not English and is open to anyone in the community who want to practise their spoken English.

During our time together we will listen to a 15 minute broadcast made by Spotlight covering everyday subjects after which everyone has the opportunity to chat and discuss what they have heard.

There will also be a social aspect to the club including refreshments.  Everything is completely FREE OF CHARGE.

Our first group will be on Wednesday 11th April at 10:30am in the main hall of our church.  You can either register on that day or if you would like further information you can contact our Pastor Gareth, on 01302 376233.

The group will run during term time so please check the events calendar for updates.

We look forward to seeing you!

Easter Services & Events

In the lead up to Easter and beyond our normal schedule changes so here we have a run down of events, meetings, and services to help you plan.

Wednesday 28th March, 6:00pm – Easter Family Fun Evening

Thursday 29th March, 7:30pm – Fellowship Service

Friday 30th March, 12:30pm – Good Friday Service

Sunday 1st April, 10:45pm – Easter Sunday Service

Our usual meetings for Tiny Tots, Way Club & Ark Club are suspended for two weeks to correspond with the local school holidays (please check the events calendar for when they end and restart).