As we move into the season of Lent and start looking forward to Easter, our opportunities to share the gospel message this year will—in many cases—be different than what we are used to, as the fight against COVID-19 continues. But it is still important to share the hope and life-giving power of the Easter story, even when it is not possible to undertake public witness and worship in the usual ways.
For this reason, International Headquarters (IHQ) is encouraging Salvationists, employees, volunteers and friends around the world to do a “new thing” and share the Easter message in a creative and engaging way using the arts. Ideas include:
• Painting/drawing—realistic and abstract
• Knitted/fabric models
• Papier mâché/clay/Plasticine/wireframe models
• Digital art (displayed via PowerPoint on a screen in a window, for example)
• Video montages
• Large-scale physical scenes made from wood, metal, hay or other materials
• Graffiti/spray paints
Be as creative as possible, using styles, techniques and approaches that will surprise, delight and make people think. Each station of artwork will provide passersby with an opportunity to pause, reflect and consider the truth of the gospel message.
All COVID-19 regional/national regulations should be followed—in spirit as well as to the letter of the law. We do not want to encourage crowds gathering inappropriately.
Participation is not mandatory. But if your corps/centres do take part, we would love to see and share the results with the world. Please share photos with us on social media, using #GreatEasterTrail, or email details to IHQ-Communications@salvationarmy.org.
For more information about how to participate, download the information pack or visit sar.my/easter2021.
Report by IHQ Communications
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