Hi how was your Easter weekend and what was the weather like where you were? Our best weather day was Good Friday. It was absolutely beautiful, a real spring day.
We went to a place called Bedgebury Pinetum, Goudhurst. It’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day with the family and the dog (if you have one). There are amazing walks and other activities it’s also a lovely place for a picnic. We hired bikes for the kids and Mr H and I walked with Saffie dog. We all wore t-shirts for the first time in a long time. It was one of those days when everyone was happy to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine and the fresh air.
On our way back from Bedgebury we stopped at a lovely gastropub called The Milk House for an early tea. Some friends of ours introduced it to us about a year ago, but to be completely honest Mr H and myself weren’t having the best day so it wasn’t the best experience ever. Anyway after our visit on Friday with the kids and Saffie we have some brilliant new memories. My heart felt very full at the end of the day so it really was a Good Friday!
So what does Good Friday mean to you, if anything? For me it’s a time to recognise that Jesus died on the cross for me, my sins and ultimately my freedom. There are a lot of differing opinions about when Easter should be and if Jesus did die on the cross on a Friday, none of that matters to me. I believe what He did and it makes no difference if it was a Friday a Saturday or indeed any other day of the week. The point for me, is that He did it.
It says in the bible in Romans 14:5 “One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.”
God is not concerned with which day we think is more important, it’s a heart to heart connection, a relationship with Him that He wants.
We didn’t go to any service on Friday or do anything in particular to mark the day, but by being with each other, family, I think it was the perfect way to celebrate what Jesus did for us. We did go to church Easter Sunday, but not out of any obligation but because we wanted to.
Now I know that in a lot of people’s minds church conjures up an old, cold, grey and boring place to be. No offence meant to those of you who do like traditional churches. Church is not about a building it is about a group of people who follow God. You could be in an older church that is full of peace and joy and you could have a lovely new building that doesn’t have the presence of God at all. The building itself is not relevant.
The church we go to is called Eastgate which is in Northfleet. A lot of people think it’s a long way to go to church, but it’s only 20 mins door to door, you’d drive that far to go to a restaurant or the shops so it’s no biggy. Some of our friends come from the coast and Surrey every week! There is such a sense of family and freedom to just be. There are no ‘expectations’. Why not come and visit and experience it for yourself, you would be very welcome.
I’m not saying that our church is perfect, it’s full of people so it will always be imperfect, but there is an honesty and a reality that we are all travelling the same road just at different paces with different obstacles. What joins us is our faith, hope and trust in God.
What are your thoughts about church? Do you have a faith? I would love to hear your thoughts.
Hope to hear from you soon.
Much love ❤️