A church in Wick is preparing to celebrate Easter with two events – one centered on readings and singing, and the other involving a walk through town during which a cross will be carried.
Pulteneytown and Thrumster Church in Argyle Square will begin with an Easter ‘singing’ service on Sunday April 10 from 6.30pm.
The pastor, Reverend Andrew Barrie, said: “We are so excited to celebrate Easter – it is the center of the Christian faith.
“There are so many things in the world that are depressing and upsetting right now. For us, celebrating Easter reminds us of God’s message of hope in Jesus Christ.”
The Easter carol service is so called because it will be similar to a Christmas carol service, but telling the story of Easter in readings and songs.
Reverend Barrie added: “With the Prime Minister’s recent announcement that masks are no longer a legal requirement to attend services, this will be one of the first services in over two years where Christians can sing together without restriction.
“Of course, if you still prefer to come with a mask, please do.”
On Good Friday there will be a “Walk of Testimony”. Leaving at 11am, church people will march from Argyle Square to Market Square, carrying a cross. It will be in recognition of Jesus’ solitary walk to the cross.
Once we arrive at the Market Square, there will be a short outdoor service. Everyone is welcome and can participate.
A recent quiz night at the church resulted in a large donation to help the people of Ukraine. Organized in aid of a Tearfund appeal, it raised £1,600 overnight and the total rose to £2,000 after adding Gift Aid.
Reverend Barrie said: “I am extremely grateful to the community for coming together and showing such tremendous generosity in support of the people of Ukraine.”