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Principal interviewed on Radio Newcastle about Good Friday project

(1 February 2017)

The Principal was interviewed on Radio Newcastle about a Good Friday project which is supported by St John's.

In 2014 the College worked with the BBC on a live Good Friday broadcast 'The Great North Passion'. This artistic and community retelling of the passion story has continued in inspiring local churches.

Last year over 300 churches throughout the country took part and this year church groups are being challenged to retell the Good Friday story in "unique and public” ways

The Principal was interviewed on Radio Newcastle about a Good Friday project which is supported by St John's

 

In 2014 the College worked with the BBC on a live Good Friday broadcast 'The Great North Passion'. This artistic and community retelling of the passion story has continued in inspiring local churches.

 

Last year over 300 churches throughout the country took part and this year church groups are being challenged to retell the Good Friday story in "unique and public” ways

 

To keep the story of Jesus alive we need to find new ways of telling it in public places. That’s why the ONE FRIDAY Challenge has been launched. 

 

ONE FRIDAY helps churches and community groups to find new ways of telling the Good Friday story outside the walls of the church. This year the most imaginative projects will benefit from an award of £1000 and four awards of £200. The projects will be judged by a panel including Roy Crowne (Executive Director of HOPE Together) and Professor David Wilkinson (Principal of St Johns College Durham.) The awards will be made to the organisations that deliver the most inspiring and effective events or activities in 2017.

The judges will be looking for entries that are most effective in engaging their local community with the Good Friday story as told in the Christian gospels. Credit will be 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 will be taken into account. The activity or event must take place between Ash Wednesday 1st March and Easter Sunday 16th April 2017. The competition is open to churches or groups of churches, schools, community groups and other organisations working in a particular locality within the UK. 

 

Organiser Andrew Graystone says “Throughout the ages Christians have responded to the Good Friday story by commissioning public art or music, or by performing Passion plays. Churches of many denominations still meet together ecumenically through Lent, or mark Good Friday with a combined service or a Walk of Witness. ONE FRIDAY is encouraging local inter-church and community groups to do something different in 2017; something unique and public that is specific to their location; something that will engage their community in retelling and reflecting on the story of the Passion of Jesus.”

 

ONE FRIDAY will take many different forms. It might be an event in the open-air, a project in a local school, an exhibition in a community venue, or a procession that retells the story in a series of locations. The ONE FRIDAY website has downloadable ideas and resources that can be adapted to any setting, including contemporary artwork and customisable publicity.

 

ONE FRIDAY has teamed-up with Hope, Christian Publishing and Outreach (CPO) and SGM Lifewords to produce a high-quality gift booklet and an accompanying study guide for individuals or small groups. And there are resources to run a ONE FRIDAY event for children.

 

For more information about One Friday and details of the ONE FRIDAY Challenge, visit www.onefriday.info or call Andrew Graystone on 07772 710090.

 

One Friday is supported by The Jerusalem Trust, St Johns College, Durham and HOPE Together

St John's College, Durham is a recognised College of Durham University and incorporates Cranmer Hall. Charity No. 1141701 Limited Company No. 113496 (England and Wales) VAT No. 334 6364 57.