Church’s Easter story put on hold

Chris Cooke as Jesus is crucified in the Peace Gardens, as Christ Church Stannington brings the easter story to the city
Chris Cooke as Jesus is crucified in the Peace Gardens, as Christ Church Stannington brings the easter story to the city

A SHEFFIELD church has decided against staging an outdoor performance of the Easter story this year – but hopes to revive the tradition next year.

For the second year running, Christ Church at Stannington says it is unable to re-enact the crucifixion and resurrection at locations around the village.

“I would very much like to do it, but it a question of personnel and energy,” said the vicar, the Rev Canon Philip West. “We know it has had an impact and we don’t want to let it go. But some of the people who used to be involved have moved away from Stannington and others are occupied with other things.”

It was hoped to start planning early next year so that the tradition could be revived for next Easter.

It started in 2001, telling the story of Easter in costume, music, narration and mime as an antidote to the fluffy bunnies image of the season. It was held for three years in the city centre before returning to Stannington.

Other churches are being encouraged to consider staging the play, with details on www.stanningtonplays.sheffieldfaiths.org.uk.

Stannington also stages its own outdoor version of the Christmas story, complete with actors and real animals. “We shall almost certainly carry on at Christmas,” said Mr West. “It is much easier to do.”