A word from our Patron

The Right Reverend John Wraw, Anglican Bishop of Bradwell

rt revd john wraw 5cmEaster – the most powerful story in human history, which has transformed the lives of countless individuals over the last 2000 years.  It speaks of the depth of God’s love in the sacrifice of his Son, and the abundance of that love in Jesus being raised from the dead.

The use of drama to tell the story has its origins in early rituals of the church.  Easter plays originated in Germany in the 14th and 15th Centuries.  Later dramatisations of the life of Christ, particularly his passion, became popular and were combined with Easter plays to show Christ suffering and his glory.

The most famous historical Passion Play is the Oberammergau Passion Play, first performed in 1634 and repeated every ten years.  The modern Passion Play has been growing in popularity since the 19th Century.

The Passion Play in South Woodham Ferrers continues this tradition.  The natural features of the town are used to recreate what happened on the streets of Jerusalem 2000 years ago.  Last time this was performed in 2009, over 800 people came to share the experience.

This is a story to be lived and all of us have a part to play in this unique opportunity to share the good news of God’s abundant love.  What can you offer in bringing the Passion to life on the streets of our town? Join us in making known the reality of God’s generous love.

With all good wishes,


The Rt Revd John Wraw
Bishop of Bradwell