The Easter of my childhood meant a pretty new dress and matching straw hat, preferably with flowers and ribbons, shiny new shoes and lacy white gloves. It meant waking up to an Easter basket filled with delectable treats and the traditional summer 'pj's'. It was the whole family trotting off to church in all their finery to join other colourfully dressed families - it was truly an Easter Parade to the church of your faith to hear the age old Easter message of joy, hope, renewal and awakening.

Going to church in the 1950's and 60's was what all good Christian families did and Easter was a time of great celebration - churches were full - there was a sense of well being, comfort and security - it was an era that was drawing to a close and a new Easter story in the life of the church was unfolding. Easter is a good time for recollection - a good time to be grateful and to count our blessings - it is also a time to let go of those things that hold us back, that keep us in a past that is no longer our reality.

Christ's resurrection offers a promise of new life, it is an opportunity for renewed faith, to strive harder to be the "Easter people" we Christians declare ourselves to be. To be "Easter people" in 2019 means being harbingers of hope and justice and living out the Lenten call for true discipleship in the world.

May our Easter Parade to church this Easter Sunday be a walk less about the clothes we wear or our place in society or what we have or don't have, and more about how we live as Church. In other words we have to live as people who truly believe not only in the resurrection of Jesus but that the resurrection of Jesus has made a difference in our own lives and in the life of our parish. A holy and blessed Easter to you all.

Rev Winna Martin
Associate Priest