Each Sunday through Lent we added symbols of Christ's passion and suffering to a bare cross at the front of the church. 

Week 1: Stones to represent the temptations of Jesus, when he was tempted to turn stones into bread to follow an easy route to popularity rather than the harder way of suffering.

Week 2: A purple cloth to represent the Kingship of Jesus. Purple was the royal colour, but Jesus’ kingship was not about power or fame or violence. He was a loving King who died for us.

Week 3: A bowl and towel to represent the service that Jesus performed for his disciples when he knew that his hour had come to depart from this world. They remind us that we are called to a servant ministry and that every person is important.

Week 4: Bread and wine. When Jesus shared that Last Supper with his disciples, it was an ordinary meal that took on extraordinary qualities. When we share communion we come as the Body of Christ to receive forgiveness and profound love.

Week 5: A crown of thorns to represent the suffering of Jesus. Jesus felt pain as the thorns pierced his forehead and as the soldiers beat him and tormented him. He went through all this for the love of each one of us.

Week 6: On Palm Sunday we laid a palm branch at the foot of the cross to represent how the crowds greeted Jesus on His entry to Jerusalem - but how quickly they turned against Him.

On Good Friday nails were hammered into the cross to represent the final sacrifice of Christ's crucifixion.

On Easter Sunday as we marked the ultimate victory of life over death in Christ's resurrection, each of the symbols was removed one by one, and as we sang in celebration 'Christ the Lord is risen today' the cross was decorated with flowers. At the end of the service we placed the cross outside as a public declaration of our belief in the living Christ.