Along with the chocolate eggs, over 600 plastic eggs were decorated, 400 chicks made and 100 cards decorated. There were also 50 live chicks, less than a day old on the stand to be held and stroked! By completing the activities, families learnt about the real meaning of Easter.

Emma Pettifer is the Children’s Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and helped to organise the Church’s stand. She said: “Easter is the most important time in the Christian calendar and CountryTastic is a good opportunity to have fun while remembering the bible stories behind our more modern traditions. It was brilliant to see so many children enjoying the activities – there were often queues to stroke the baby chicks, which were a great symbol of new life!”

Bishop John at CountryTastic

On completing one of the craft activities, children received a fair-trade chocolate egg from members of the diocesan Children’s Council (young people aged 7-12 who attend churches across Worcestershire and Dudley). Many believe that Easter eggs represent the stone that sealed Jesus’ tomb, as well as being symbols of hope and new life. 


The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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