If you ventured into the Inshops on the Saturday before Easter you may have been surprised to be greeted by Whinny the Pooh and Tigger or maybe even the Queen of Hearts. Venture further in and you will have seen children having their faces painted or making Easter cards. Puppet shows occurred at regular intervals and details were available about the Easter services and the work of the Anglican Churches in Kirkby. Whilst children participated in an elaborate Easter Egg hunt around the Inshops adults wrote down their prayer requests which were nailed to a large wooden cross, or were entertained by the adventures of bert, Lucy, Rosie and Jim or Cheeky Charlie the monkey..
This was the second outreach event in the Inshops following up our Christmas activities. It comes out of our belief that the church should be out in the market place and amongst the people and not just shut away behind the walls on Sundays. By all accounts this day was extremely valuable and a huge success. 130 children participated in the treasure hunt each receiving an Easter Egg as a prize on completion. 110 people asked specifically for prayer, their requests totally covering the large cross. These requests were taken back to our 4 churches and prayed over that Sunday and in some cases for the following weeks as well. Many good conversations also took place and much literature was distributed hopefully demonstrating that the church in Kirkby is alive and relevant today. There was also much goodwill from the Inshop traders who experienced increased trade that day and also from the shops manager who has invited us back again in the summer. many thanks also to the committed team who worked so hard to make this day what it was.