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Egg-straordinary Easter: Unwrapping faith, friendship, and fun!

Sport and Faith Leader, Jo takes us through the meaning of Easter and how it's inspiring us at our holiday clubs this year.

"As I unwrap another cream egg, I’m reminded of the reason for the season.  The fundamental truth behind our faith and one that breaks the mould!  There is no greater story in the history of humanity than that of Holy Week. A story of good news and hope that is truly miraculous; yet strewn with betrayal, deceit and brutality. 

As we wind through the 8-day Easter story during our 2-day holiday club,  our young people will encounter the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Through sport, craft, drama and actively solving clues they will find out about how these historic events unfolded. They will also have the opportunity to build new friendships, enjoy good company, eat hot food and talk life!  

Despite it being around 2000 years after Jesus died on the cross, His death and resurrection is just as relevant today; in 1 Corinthians 15:14, Paul states “And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.” Therefore, It’s completely useless to believe in a god who isn’t powerful enough to raise himself from the dead. That’s what sets Jesus apart from false gods and prophets.

As I ponder the Easter story, I wonder what life might have been like back in Jesus’ time without technology, petrol-powered or electric transport and mobile phones to spread the news.  Yet, today people all over the world know about His death and celebrate Good Friday as a symbol of Hope and of an eternal future.  

I also wonder what it would have been like to have been one of the many witnesses to have seen Jesus walking around after his death. How would you have reacted? Would you have been like Thomas (aka Doubting Thomas) who wanted to put his fingers in Jesus’ wounds or would you have thrown yourself down and worshipped him in reverence and fear as the true King and Son of God? 

On a personal note, It’s a real privilege for me to follow Jesus and to be able to share the good news with the young people and the wider community who engage with Sportily.  

This Easter, as you spend time with friends and family why not make room for Jesus? Why not spend some time with him in prayer, dig out your Bible (there are some excellent stories) and why not let him speak to you whilst you get to know his life story better! 

Finally, just as the spring signifies new life; I’m reminded that the chocolate egg signifies the empty tomb.  As Christians, we believe that Jesus has risen and that we can choose to have a real relationship with Him as we believe that he is alive!

Wishing you all a blessed Easter 2024!"