Rev Martin Hartley
, curate with the Tas Valley Team
, and Rector Sally Gaze,
will be carrying a large wooden cross with them wherever they travel during Holy Week.
The idea came to Martin when he was asked to transport a wooden cross to be used in a subsequent service. During the journey he became aware of how awkward, uncomfortable and inconvenient this not so small cross was becoming. This led him to wonder what it would be like to have to carry a cross around for a week.
Martin said: “The thought stayed with me, and so I decided to do just this for Holy Week. I then talked to Sally about this and she said she would like to do it as well. I spoke to a member of St Mary’s
and asked if he could make two wooden crosses for us.
“When thinking about the cross, I felt it needed to be made out of soft wood so it might show some of the knocks and bumps it will no doubt incur during the week. I also felt it would be good if people were able to either write on it or to pin prayers to it, and these would be carried around through the week.
“I’m hoping that through this experience, I will be able to connect with the Cross during Holy Week in a different way, and one in which will help me grow as a disciple of Jesus.
“I’m sure that it will also give an opportunity to talk to others about the Christian faith and share the good news that God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.”
Pictured above are Rev Martin Hartley and Rev Sally Gaze with their wooden crosses.