This was really cool.
For more than a hundred years
it has clenched the candle of its spire
in a hard white fist,
waiting for thunder to light the short wick
of its cross. But the clouds pass by,
leaving no more than a flash
on the cracked and dusty panes.
The fist’s weight is firm on the lid
of this rough old box of Nebraska
in which all the relics are kept,
the skulls, the sermons, the prayers,
and a scatter of buffalo nickels
from the last collection.
Hallowe'en at Christ Church is actually All Hallow's Eve.
The church is lit by the glow of jack-o-lanterns, and the music is spooky (but not too scary). The fifteen-minute worship service features a dramatic reading with a witch and a ghost straight out of the Bible! Afterward, the celebration in the Parish Hall has food, games and fun for all.
A large sculpture of Christ on the cross has been removed from outside a church in West Sussex after its vicar said it was "scaring young children".
The Reverend Ewen Souter said the 10ft crucifix was "a horrifying depiction of pain and suffering" which was also "putting people off".
Where it ended up.