Taking Jesus on to the Streets



2000 years ago Jesus took the love of God on to the streets.  He taught, he healed, and he made a remarkable difference in the lives of many people.  From Galilee to Jerusalem he brought people face to face with the power of God to transform their lives.  He invited people to follow him.  People discovered a new kind of friendship which broke down barriers of race, gender, politics and creed; what’s more,  they entered into a remarkable friendship with God.

Yet Jesus came into conflict with the authorities.  He was betrayed by a friend, arrested, tried, and executed.  His friends were shattered.  It seemed as if everything had come to an end ... in reality it was only just beginning.  On the third day Jesus joined them once more,  he called them by name, and made his presence felt among them.  They knew he was alive!  He had a task for them to do.

The Cheltenham Passion Play

For the last 2000 years the followers of Jesus have carried out that task.  They have taken the love of God on to the streets.  For Easter 2000 the churches of Cheltenham took the story of Jesus on to the streets of their town.  

Jesus for Today - the DVD and Songs of Praise

Our Jesus for Today web site captures the heart of that play ... but it also goes further.  Those who took part and others who watched talk about their experiences, their faith and the difference Jesus makes in people’s lives today.

Pam Rhodes featured the Cheltenham Passion Play on Songs of Praise and helped us in making our Video. In the video clip above she introduces Jesus for Today.

Jesus for Today on the Web

You can follow through the five acts of the Passion Play, Friendship, Conflict, Betrayal, Death, Resurrection  by clicking on the tabs above.

Our web site captures the heart of our play ... but it also goes further.  Those who took part and others who watched talk about their experiences, their faith and the difference Jesus makes in people's lives today.  The notes we have put on to the web site  suggest different ways of using it for personal reflection and in group discussion.

Jesus forever the Same - a set of Prayer Meditations

Click on 'Prayer' and you will find a a sequence of five prayer meditations based on the themes of the play ... friendship, conflict, betrayal, death, resurrection.   They can be used as separate prayers, or as a single time of prayer and reflection after using one of the earlier programmes.

Jesus forever the Same - a Lent Course

Click on 'Lent' and you will find a full Lent course making use of the video clips.

And Lots More 

Click on 'More' and you can read the script and production notes, see the Bible Passages the Passion Play is based on, follow links to Churches in Cheltenham and find out lots more.