By Betsy Everett
Churchgoers of all denominations gathered by Semerwater on Sunday in a bitterly cold dawn to celebrate Easter Day and recall the post-resurrection account of Jesus’s sharing of the cooked fish by the Sea of Galilee.
More than 60 people from the four churches of the Upper Dales Benefice – Askrigg, Bainbridge, Hardraw and Hawes – as well as visitors and guests arrived in the dark for the all-age, inclusive service conducted by the Revd Dave Clark.
Special permission had been sought for the lighting of fire baskets on the shingle beach as the fish – not hauled miraculously from the lake as John’s Gospel recounts, but nevertheless a reminder of the biblical story of shared resources – was barbecued, and bread shared. The service of Bible readings, a sermon, acapella singing, and the vicar playing his ukulele, was followed by an Easter egg hunt for the children.
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