The Easter Cross which Brought A Peak Circuit Community Together

Revd Fran Johnson from the Peak Circuit explains how an Easter Cross brought the village of Rowsley together.

“Living on a small estate of 42 houses in Rowsley, in the Peak Circuit, presented the challenge of how we could share the Easter good news of God’s love for all, in this unprecedented time. To put up a cross in the centre of the estate for Holy week was very much the heart of the decision. Made from a tree washed down the river in the recent floods here in Rowsley, it was erected on Palm Sunday, with thorns gathered from the riverbank that formed the crown that adorned the cross. A leaflet was delivered to every house explaining its significance for Holy week, but also as a sign of hope for this present day and time.

An invitation was given to use the colourful labels to share a message, write a prayer, remember a love one, or draw and Easter picture. These grew as the week progressed, but so did so many conversations with neighbours and many questions …..“I’ve seen the cross – what’s it all about?” People stood and looked, painted eggs were brought to the foot of the cross, a small colourful twig cross bound in wool, and remembrances of loved ones were written.  The cross was transformed in the early hours of Easter Day with flowers and more messages appeared. The proclamation “Christ is Risen” was a sign of hope that much more will be done in the days that lie ahead as new relationships and friendships are developed.

To God be the glory!”