Easter Day was particularly memorable in the Benefice this year. We woke to a beautiful spring day and walking through the churchyards with sunlight on the daffodils was a treat after the wet and grey weather of recent weeks. Each of our churches had been lovingly decorated and were filled with spring flowers, and it was a real joy to celebrate our Lord’s resurrection.
There were services in each of the churches of the Benefice. However, for the eighth year running, our principal Easter Day Service was celebrated with a Benefice service at 10 am, and this year it was held in the newly re-ordered St. Kenelm’s Church, Enstone. Over 120 adults and 50 + children gathered for a special Easter Shared Communion – our version of an intergenerational service where all ages are included. The Choir lead our singing and children – of all ages – accompanied parts of the service with handbells. We ended with refreshments and an Easter Egg hunt for the children in the Churchyard – this year, thanks to the generosity of the congregation over 650 eggs were hidden!
It was fantastic to see the Church looking so beautiful and full of people. It will be even better when the final touches to the re-ordering are complete – hopeful within the next month or so.
This year is Mark’s 25 anniversary of ordination as a Deacon and to celebrate this milestone, he commissioned a new Chasuble from the vestment designer Yvonne Bell which was worn for the first time.
Here are some photos of a wonderful day.