I seem to have ended up as "official photographer" for this BCF (East Midlands) Easter Cruise; this afternoon I took a group photo of participants and their boats. (I really must get a better camera; on my usual manual setting it was grossly overexposing so I selected "landscapes" mode fixing the focus (theoretically) at infinity. Still a little overexposed here, but not too bad.)
Neither Jan nor I can remember being at service quite like this evening's. First, the vicar got us all outside where he blessed a fire. We all had candles which were supposed to have been lit before we processed into the church but, unfortunately, that bit got left out.
Vicar: "What shall I do, open the box or take the money?"
Congregation (mostly): "Open the box!"
In the chest were some pieces of artwork the children had made, joined up to make a banner; and some ... can you guess? Yes, Easter eggs! The one youngster in the congregation got one.
After the service there was quite a wine-and-cheese feast laid on in the refectory.
It felt a little odd to be celebrating Easter a day early but, as the vicar said, this was an anticipation of the resurrection. The big day is tomorrow.
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