Easter Message from Jonathan The Easter Story - A story that tickles or transforms? Last Sunday saw the start of Easter week with Palm Sunday. The crowds were shouting and singing Hosanna, Hosanna, a tickling moment. What does this mean? The crowd loved the idea of a king yet only five days later they were nowhere to be seen! They loved the idea but not the cost. But Easter is all about transformation. The world was transformed by Jesus breaking once and for all the separation from God that was thrust upon the earth when Adam and Eve made their fatal mistake. Today we see lots of Easter tickling going on with too many: chocolate eggs and other yummy goodies (I did say too many...) However, we at Valley CIDS believe in transformation. That’s why, at our 'Why Easter' workshop we saw the children listening and understanding the Easter message that Sue (one of children’s workers) presented to them. For the young people that visit one of our Blend Easter programmes, transformation will be taking place. But it doesn't stop there, transformation happens for so many of our volunteers and can happen to us all, if we press forward in the Easter story and make it our story. So enjoy a little tickling but don't let this Easter go by without seeking out Jesus a little more and find his transformation as real today as it was 2000 years ago! Happy Easter Jonathan Romans 12:2 "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind..."