True meaning of Easter at Good Friday service

March 31, 2005

ELDER Carl Roach from the Upper Room Christian Fellowship reads from the Bible. ELDER Carl Roach from the Upper Room Christian Fellowship reads from the Bible.

SHOPPERS and passers-by gathered with regular churchgoers at Middleton Gardens on Good Friday for a special Easter service.

Over 200 people got together for the event, pleasantly surprising organisers who had only prepared 150 prayer sheets.

Canon Nick Feist from Middleton Parish Church said: “So many members of the public came to join in, although I think the majority were church-goers. We had songs with an Easter theme to appeal to everybody and also a series of readings.”

A music group from the Upper Room Christian Fellowship, based at Middleton Gardens, played along to both modern and traditional hymns including When I Survey The Wondrous Cross.

Canon Feist opened the service, while Pastor David Morley from the Upper Room Christian Fellowship gave an address and the final prayers and blessing were given by Reverend Nic Eboma from St Steven’s Church, Middleton.

Church members laid on hot cross buns and mini Easter eggs for all the attendees, who were then invited for refreshments at the Upper Room centre above the Northern Rock building society.

Church-goers then celebrated on Easter Sunday at churches all around the town. At Middleton Parish Church 220 people of all ages attended a special family service.

Canon Feist said: “It was extremely well attended. After the reflective Good Friday services, Easter Sunday was a joyful celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.”