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Norfolk pastor issues Easter cross challenge

A South Norfolk church pastor has challenged his congregation to erect eight-foot high wooden crosses in their front gardens during Holy Week to remind people of the Easter message. Keith Morris reports.

Rev Mark Taylor of Carleton Rode Baptist Church said: “I was sat at home planning for Easter services and in my imagination I just saw a street in the village with crosses in the front gardens. A simple cross shouts a message on its own, you don’t need any words.
“The crosses will be made of timber and will have red ribbon where the nails would have gone through Christ's wrist, and a crown of thorns to loop over it.
“We want people to erect them in their gardens early on Good Friday morning, with the words ‘Jesus Christ’ stapled to the cross spar - we will provide everything people need.
“Then on Easter Sunday morning, early again, remove the crown of thorns and add the word ‘Risen’ to the upright stake,” said Mark.
Congregation member Steven Halstead has volunteered to help make the crosses, for a suggested donation of £10 to cover the costs.
“There was a good response verbally last Sunday when we put order forms out,” said Mark. “The local Anglican Pilgrim Benefice of churches are also distributing the order forms and the chapel at Great Moulton has expressed some interest.
The cross will come flat-packed with an eight-foot and four-foot spar, plus the ribbons, a wreath and some signage and a couple of screws. Mark and his team will distribute them and help people put them up if necessary.
“If you are used to walking through your community and suddenly one morning a cross appears in a garden and a bit further another one appears, with some ribbons and a sign, then that is a big message,” said Mark.
“There are some tracts to go with them if people want them to explain the Easter story.”
Mark is happy to give details of the crosses and how to collect the bits needed if other churches are interested in also using the idea.
You can contact Mark on 01953 789899 or at
Pictured above, Rev Mark Taylor, left, and Steven Halstead, with one of the wooden crosses.

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