Son-Rise service in Broadland setting
2017: Christians from the Stalham area gathered at How Hill near Ludham at dawn on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
Under an early morning cold grey Easter Sunday sky, over 50 Christians from 8 local Churches gathered together at this beautiful Broadland location to celebrate the risen Christ. The service started at 6.30am and was led by David Osbourne, Methodist Church Circuit Steward, and Stalham Baptist Church Minister Ron Skivington, pictured below.
“He has Risen” was the shout, followed by readings and hymns. The congregation was joined by the singing tree-top birds, honking geese, and the circling seagulls’ squabbling squawking cries.
The service has been held for 30 years, and over that time the hardy flock have been treated to ice, snow, balmy spring mornings, marsh mist, magical sun rises and, last Sunday, a cutting wind sweeping up off the wetlands and river below, testing the musicianship of the frozen-fingered guitar players, before a rising watery sun provided a little warmth.
David Child from Stalham Baptist Church, said “As a first-timer this was a spiritually moving event. The outpouring of joy that Jesus is alive and with us, interspersed hallelujahs, “Yes Jesus” and “Thank you Lord” supporting the powerful words of David and Ron, not forgetting the flowing tears of a lady close to me when Jesus’ agony and suffering on the cross, a sacrifice for us all, was again highlighted.
“The celebration of God’s love was so much more physically and emotionally powerful on an exposed hillside rather than the cosy comfort bubble of our churches.”
At the end of the service the car park quickly emptied as many of the worshipers headed back to the warm Stables at Stalham Baptist Church for hot coffee and tea and a splendid full English breakfast.
Next year’s Easter Sunday Son-rise service at How Hill will be at 6.30am (sunrise will be at 6.28am). on April 1 2018.
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