16 March 2010
Easter comes a(LIVE) as hundreds share their lent reflections on the web
From history's defining moment to a chocolate-scoffing bonanza, hundreds of musings on the meaning of Easter have been posted on Facebook and Twitter in an interactive Lent reflection.
More than 1,000 people are following Easter (LIVE) on the social networking sites, and church leaders are being invited to use some of the tweets and messages for inspiration during their Easter services.
Easter (LIVE) asks the simple question: "What does Easter mean to you?"
The messages range from the clever - "Easter is when grace is free but not cheap and when chocolate is cheap but not free" to the personal - "A time when Jesus kept his promise to me and every other human being on the planet."
There are honest reflections - "as a Christian Easter should mean something, but I don't know what" and more tongue-in-cheek offerings - "A hot cross! [No bun intended]."
Even the Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has posted his view: "Remember God's Son was raised 2new life so that we might live. We are an Easter people & Alleluia is our song."
Now, an Easter (LIVE) powerpoint is available to download for people to use as a talking point in their church services and groups from Share Creative.
Alistair Johnson, from Cliff College, and Huw Tyler, from Share Creative, created Easter (LIVE) as part of the Biblefresh movement of churches and agencies, which seeks to help Christians gain confidence in and appetite for the scriptures.
Alistair said: "I have been amazed at the varying responses to Easter (LIVE), from the creative to the common place. We have seen lots of people engaging with the truth behind the veneer.
"Easter (LIVE) has brought home the importance of taking some time out, from our busy lives, to remember why Easter is the pinnacle of the life of Jesus."
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