Last night about 70 of us, many children who had attended the Easter Special earlier in the day, came to watch ‘Hop’, a film about the Easter bunny released last year (for a preview, you can view the trailer here trailer for ‘Hop’)

The film, released in 2011, tells the story of E.B., the Easter Bunny’s teenage son, who heads to Hollywood, determined to become a drummer in a rock ‘n’ roll band. In LA, he’s taken in by Fred, after the out-of-work slacker hits E.B. with his car. Both are sons who have disappointed their fathers and who are seeking to find their true destinies in life. For E.B., that means being a drummer, not necessarily the benevolent Easter bunny who delivers eggs to children around the world; for Fred, that means following his heart and becoming the co-Easter bunny! The film, involving both animation and actors, is heart-warming and full of humour, with Carlos the chick desperate to move up from his No. 2 role to take over as Easter Bunny himself.

Such a film may have little to do with the real meaning of Easter, but it acts as a bridge between the church and the community, showing people also that we can enjoy life and acting as a springboard to conversations about what Easter really means.

After the film, people enjoyed chip butties and yet more conversation!

Many thanks to all who helped in various ways, making this a really successful evening!