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WATCH: Kintore church's Easter cairn is place of remembrance for community


By Kyle Ritchie

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Kintore Parish Church is marking the memory of all who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic by erecting an Easter cairn in its grounds.

A site has been selected near the front of the church building where a wooden cross marks the position of the cairn.

The church thought Easter and a year on would be an appropriate time for this to be done in the community.

Rev Neil Meyer said: "Between now and Easter, on April 4, we are inviting everyone in Kintore to come to the church and place a stone or stones at the cairn.

"Some may wish to do so in memory of a loved-one who died during the pandemic, others in gratitude for the NHS and other organisations that have kept us safe and connected during the past year, and others may simply wish to mark their own loss, sadness or gratitude about the time of lockdown.

Rev Neil Meyer at the Easter cairn which has been created in the grounds of Kintore Parish Church.
Rev Neil Meyer at the Easter cairn which has been created in the grounds of Kintore Parish Church.

"Some may wish to write a name or a message on their stone or stones, or to decorate them with rainbows or other symbols of hope.

"We acknowledge that the lockdown is not yet over and that it may be months or even years before everything settles back to normal, but Easter seemed the appropriate time for us to pause and make this act of remembrance.

"In the Christian tradition, Easter is the celebration of the idea that our God goes through suffering with us and that hope for a new beginning can emerge from even the darkest parts of our suffering."

For a video featuring Rev Meyer talking about the cairn see below:


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