|Outside of St. David's Church|
Today there is a relatively small Sunday congregation (less than 40 members on the roll), a monthly Messy Church, and other affiliated groups using the premises. From this base it was obviously necessary to stage the Easter Trail in a way which was within our resources. We had the advantage that the church building is not heavily used (unlike the hall) and so with some negotiation we were able to have complete occupation of the church for a three-week period. This gave us a week (and weekend) either side of the Easter Trail sessions themselves to set up and dismantle the trail, making it easier for those with full-time jobs to be involved.
To convey the the key aspects of the Easter story, we thought four scenes were necessary (others have had more scenes). These were:
- The Upper Room, scene of The Last Supper
- The Garden of Gethsemane
- Golgotha, scene of the Crucifixion
- The Resurrection Garden, scene of the Empty Tomb.
|Inside St. David's Church|
Unlike many traditional church buildings, St. David's has large windows on both sides and the liturgical west end, making it a very light space and impossible to black out in the conventional theatre manner. Although the pews are not fixed to the floor, they are large and heavy enough to make moving them out of the building impossible, so we were limited to re-arranging them on their normal floor space. Usefully, the communion table is not fixed and relatively light so it can be re-arranged as required.
From here, pews were moved to line a walk-way taking the audience through the streets of Jerusalem to Gethsemane. Black fabric screening (supported on the pews) gave tall enough walls that it was not possible for the audience to see out across the church.
The audience move back out into the streets of Jerusalem, where the storyteller explains the passage forward in time from Friday to the Sunday morning, before carrying on to the garden where Jesus' body had been laid in the tomb.