Easter is always a busy period for Beechworth-Stanley Yackandandah Uniting Church in north-eastern Victoria. Chair of the church council Don Pope takes Crosslight readers on a photo tour of the community’s Easter celebrations.
“This year we staged a number of activities as individual congregations and in conjunction with the Combined Christians of Beechworth,” he writes.
After our Good Friday service, we have a tradition of carrying a wooden cross from the Uniting Church to the Anglican Church at the other end of Ford Street and then returning it the following year.
We pass through seven stations of the cross along the way. Each year we release a paper cross suspended on helium balloons. In the last two years we have used more environmentally friendly biodegradable starch, 250-litre garbage bags.
On Saturday Beechworth hosts the Golden Horse Shoes festival which includes a parade in the early afternoon. For the last few years the combined Christians have released four crosses to start the parade and the announcer makes a statement that this is to represent the true meaning of Easter.
On Easter Saturday our church ran a stall at the gate that raised funds for a scholarship for a student in Timor Leste. We raised $2100 and enjoyed the day.
After the stall we have a tradition of dressing the gate and doorway in foliage and flowers.
Dawn on Easter Sunday finds the Combined Christians on the Gorge Road rock overlooking Beechworth for a brief service.
We then finish the Easter period with a 9:30am service.