Easter Events

A series of lunchtime reflections on the art of Stanley Spencer will be the focus during Holy Week in Southwell Minster, and Acting Dean, Canon Nigel Coates has chosen gardens as his inspiration for Easter.

He says: “This April we shall remember two gardens in the Christian year - the garden of Gethsemane and the Easter garden. They remind us that it is possible to read the entire Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation as the story of a garden being made by God.”

The reflections will be at 12.15pm in the Quire. On Maundy Thursday at 7.30pm there is a recollection of the last supper and the garden of Gethsemane, and on Good Friday at 12noon, eminent New Testament scholar, the Revd Dr John Muddiman, will lead the three hour service.

Expanding on his choice of gardens at Easter time, Canon Coates explains: “In the beginning, ‘the Lord God planted a garden in Eden’ and, in the end, a garden city is described with the tree of life in its midst and with leaves for the healing of the nations. God dwells with his people and mankind is at peace. In between, however, gardens are places of sweat and toil, of pleading and betrayal, of mysterious appearances, of fresh insight, and unexpected recognition. Mary’s supposition that the risen Christ is the gardener is actually entirely right. Christ is indeed the first man in a new creation just as Adam was in Eden. Eastertide is a time to recognise the risen Christ with us and God’s garden as that which lies ahead of us in our place of work.”

The Easter garden in the Candle Chapel this year is being created by members of REACH – a registered charity that supports over 150 adults with learning disabilities in Nottinghamshire - using their own flowers grown in the Flower Pod at Brackenhurst.

“We hope their colourful display will cause many to look afresh at a new creation. With gardens and flowers we celebrate the irrepressible life of God made known to in the risen Christ. Happy Easter.”


Notes for editors:

Sir Stanley Spencer KCB CBE RA (30 June 1891 – 14 December 1959) was an English painter well known for his paintings depicting Biblical scenes.
The Reverend Dr John Muddiman was the G. B. Caird Fellow in New Testament Theology at Mansfield College, Oxford from 1990 until his retirement in 2012. Amongst his academic works he has produced a critically acclaimed examination of authorship in the Epistle to the Ephesians and he co-edited the Oxford Bible Commentary, a particular favourite amongst undergraduate theologians.

REACH: http://www.reachuk.org/

Brackenhurst - Nottingham Trent University’s School of Animal Rural and Environmental Sciences.

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