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When the donkeys came to church

There were donkeys at St George’s and St Mark’s last Sunday. Twinkle came to St Mark’s, courtesy of Folly Oak Donkeys, while Paddy (pictured above) came to St George’s all the way from the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon (he’s actually being fostered in Badshot Lea).

It was Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, and in both cases the donkeys led a procession of children and adults around the outside of the church and in doing so recalled the time Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey while crowds put cloaks and palm leaves down in front of him and called out: ‘Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’

It was a triumphal entry, only a king who enters a city should surely be riding something more majestic than a donkey, shouldn’t they? By riding a donkey rather than a horse, Jesus showed he wasn’t the traditional conquering king that perhaps many of his followers wanted, but as a humble king who would upset the world order by being prepared to die and to show us how much God loves us.

Meanwhile, also on Sunday morning, Lesley Crawley could be heard on BBC Radio Surrey talking about Palm Sunday and Holy Week. You can hear her here at 1:49:08.

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Follow the donkey to church

There will be donkeys at church this coming Sunday (April 14) in celebration of Palm Sunday.

Palm Sunday recalls the Biblical account of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey, with crowds placing palms in front of him and greeting him as a king. Churches around the world will mark the date, and at St Mark’s, Hale, at 11am, and St George’s, Badshot Lea, at 11.30am, the congregations will be joined by donkeys, courtesy of Folly Oak Donkeys.

Rev’d Lesley Crawley said: “When we recall that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey it reminds us that he is a king who comes in peace, not as a conquering warrior. Having a donkey at a service also brings the story alive, especially for children who always crowd round to give the donkey a stroke. Please do come and join us. And we are really grateful to John and Rosemary Porter and all at Folly Oak Donkeys for bringing the donkeys to us.”


Pictured: Meet the Donkey. Picture by Daniel Fazio. Unsplash