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One Friday rewards churches for keeping Easter story alive

Four innovative projects have received awards under the One Friday Challenge – a new scheme to reward imaginative representations of the Good Friday story.

Four innovative projects have received awards under the One Friday Challenge – a new scheme to reward imaginative representations of the Good Friday story. 

The premier award of £1000 went to the Colwall Requiem for Aleppo, a specially commissioned requiem (right) that involved scores of adults and children from the village church of St James the Great, Colwall in Herefordshire. Composed by Liz Johnson, the Colwall Requiem for Aleppo linked the Good Friday story with the plight of refugees from Aleppo and other war torn areas of the world.

The judges felt the project was ambitious, highly contextual and relevant, drawing on the ancient tradition of commissioning art and music to retell the Passion story. The work was largely crowd-funded, and made great use of advertising and social media.    
 
Three other projects won awards of £200.

Icons-on-Sea (pictured) was described as “a disruptive wonder-art trail around Leigh-on-Sea” in Essex.

This project run jointly by the town’s Baptist and Methodist churches placed 14 provocative and contemporary icons around the town throughout Holy Week, exploring the Easter story.

Norwich East Deanery offered The Hands of Jesus, a Good Friday “gift” of hand massage to ninety people in Norwich city centre.  It was a small prophetic offering; simple, imaginative and extremely well thought-through. Meanwhile Stopsley Baptist Church in Luton used resources provided by One Friday to create an art trail around their area, enhanced by videos and guides that could be accessed using QR codes.

The judges looked for projects that were effective in engaging their local community with the Good Friday story as told in the Christian gospels.  Credit was given for ambition, originality, imagination, contextual relevance and impact in the community beyond the confines of the church. The relative size and resources of the organizing group were taken into account.

The One Friday Challenge was part of One Friday, a project run by St John’s College, Durham in conjunction with CPO. This year One Friday helped more than 300 churches and community groups to find new ways of telling the Good Friday story outside the walls of the church. 

Organiser Andrew Graystone said “To keep the story of Jesus alive we need to find new ways of telling it in public places. We were delighted to see churches and community organisations doing that with such energy and imagination.”

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