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Oadby’s Palm Sunday Donkey Parade

Churches in Oadby, Trinity Methodist, Oadby Baptist, St Peter’s and St Paul’s, have joined together to put on ecumenical events for families each term. The first event was an ‘Angels & Heroes Light Party’ held at the Baptist Church, as an alternative Halloween event back in October. This was such a success that the team decided to have a real donkey parade for Palm Sunday.

The afternoon started at 2.50pm at St Peter’s Church in Oadby with an activity to make palm branches. A short DVD was played showing Jesus’ journey into Jerusalem on the donkey before we started out for our own donkey journey. We began a celebratory chant of Hosanna before waving our branches and leading the parade in front of ‘Bam Bam’ our donkey. Our journey went through Oadby and across the traffic lights, pausing to hear the story of the first Palm Sunday from the Bible, then through the car park to Trinity Methodist Church.

At Trinity Methodist there was a time to pose for photos with ‘Bam Bam’ and give her some love before saying goodbye and going into church for lots of craft and activities. The Children were able to decorate acetate crosses, make fruit palm trees from bananas and grapes, paint egg pictures and make Easter gardens to name a few of the activities. Games were also organised in the hall using various items including washing baskets on wheels! The children loved these games, and a few adults wanted to join in too. Not sure we’d fit in the baskets though!

Everyone then moved into the church for a time of celebration where we heard the story of Dave the Donkey who carried Jesus into Jerusalem, he recalled the event to his grandfather who had carried Mary into Bethlehem many years before.  We sang some songs and had a time of prayer before returning to the hall where a transformation had taken place from games and craft to tables set with sandwiches and cakes.

Jesus shared many meals with his followers and we continued the tradition of fellowship whilst eating together.  A dedicated team put on a wonderful array of sandwiches, tomatoes, crisps, grapes, cakes and of course tea, coffee or squash.  Everyone was extremely full and there was even enough for families to take extra home for supper.

Our next ecumenical event will be to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and will be held on 12th June at St Paul’s Church, Oadby. We look forward to welcoming everyone to another spectacular event.