April 1st Easter Sunday

On this Easter Sunday we bring flowers and place them on the cross. We transform the cross of pain and shame into something which speaks of life, and of the beauty of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

March 30th Good Friday – Hammer & Nails

On Good Friday we imagine hammering in the nails that held Jesus on the Cross. John 19:17-19 So they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one…

March 29th Maundy Thursday. Bowl & Towel

On this Maundy Thursday we place a towel and a bowl at the foot of the Lent Cross – God came among us to serve. How can we do anything less? John 13 v 4 & 5 Jesus rose from the table, took off his outer garments and tied a towel round his waist. Then he…

March 25th Sixth Sunday in Lent – Palm Sunday. Palms

On this sixth Sunday in Lent we attach palms to the Lent Cross. What kind of King is this? Mark 11: 8-10 Many people spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut in the fields. Then those who went ahead and those who followed were shouting,        “Hosanna! Blessed…

March 4th Third Sunday in Lent – Coins

On this third Sunday in Lent we scatter coins at the foot of the cross to remember Judas’s betrayal of Jesus. Matthew 26. 14-16 One of the twelve disciples- the one named Judas Iscariot – went to the chief priests and asked, “What will you give me if I betray Jesus to you?” They counted…

February 25th Second Sunday in Lent – Red Ribbon

On this second Sunday in Lent we place a red ribbon round the Lent Cross, a symbol of sacrifice. We remember that the call upon Jesus and upon us is not an easy one – it is costly and often contrary to our natural inclinations. Mark 8 v34 & 35 Jesus said: If anyone wants to…

February 18th First Sunday in Lent – Stones

On this first Sunday in Lent we remember how Jesus endured the temptations and decided to put his trust in God alone. In our turn, as a symbol that we will not take the easy or even the sensible way, we place stones at the foot of our Lent Cross.  Matthew 4. 2-4 After spending 40…

The Lent Cross: a Journey through Lent 2018

It is our custom at Southgate each Sunday during Lent to add symbols to the Lent Cross standing at the front of the Church.  In doing so we accompany Jesus on his journey from the Temptations through the Cross to the Resurrection. We invite you to join us on that journey, as we read a…