St Mary’s Church was the setting for the inspirational re-enactment of the Easter Story at the end of March, as part of a project produced for the junior schools of Haverfordwest. Five schools from Haverfordwest took part, and experienced the Easter story, retold in the style of a Passion Play, enacted by a cast consisting of clergy and parishioners from St Mary’s.
The children ‘journeyed’ with the characters from the Passion narrative through the church, and experienced the events of Holy Week and Easter, from Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (portrayed by Fr Edward, in very realistic beard!); and the Last Supper with disciples (Derek Rees and John Warren) on Maundy Thursday; through the scheming and plotting of Caiaphas (very convincingly played by Bishop John) and Judas (Hume Gravell); Jesus’ arrest and trial at the hands of Pontius Pilate (menacingly portrayed by Peter Allen); his crucifixion at the hands of fittingly attired Roman soldiers (Roy Folland and Charles Davies); and finally, to the wonder and amazement of Mary Magdalene (Wendy Hawker) at the discovery of the empty tomb and Jesus’ resurrection on Easter morning. The whole story was narrated throughout by Gill White and Father Alun, who had scripted the play and led the children through the whole experience, and with musical accompaniment by Pat Barker.
It was amazing and inspiring to see how the children were drawn into the experience of the story, with many of them expressing their wonder and awe at what several said was the first time they had heard the Easter story. Congratulations and sincere thanks are expressed to Gill, Alun and all the cast and helpers who helped to produce such an inspirational project, to communicate the central message of our Christian faith to the young people of our town schools.