Easter Monday is a public holiday in the UK. It could have been invented with clergy in mind – a day to recover after the hectic worship schedule of Holy Week and Easter. Having said this, Easter this year has not been overly onerous. Previous years, with my diaconal colleague Brian, I have tried to make sure that nobody is disappointed. Between the two of us, we have covered four Good Friday and four Easter morning services. But this year Brian is in South Africa and there was no possibility of offering the same level of ministerial cover. So, I led four services in total: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday (plus assisting with the ecumenical outdoor worship), and Easter Sunday morning and evening.
All were fairly traditional, except for Easter evening, which fell on our usual Sunday for Cafe Worship. In a more reflective mode, we explored the story of the Emmaus Road. We kept it low tech: the beautiful visual displays at Caledonian Road Methodist Church rendered use of the projector superfluous, and we sang unaccompanied, as I hadn’t had an opportunity to replace a guitar string which broke half way through the Good Friday outdoor service.
I think it is unfortunate that many churches no longer have evening worship. The problem is that often we have just replicated morning worship, which in British Methodism usually means a ‘hymn sandwich’. An evening service can be an opportunity to do things differently, particularly if the size of the congregation is relatively small. But it requires imagination, and a willingness to explore new forms of worship on the part of the congregation and the worship leader.
For more pictures of Easter Day at Camden Town and Caledonian Road churches, visit here.