Christian worker depicts Easter scenes in Lego

A Christian youth worker has recreated scenes from Holy Week using Lego to express her faith while churches are closed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Niamh Newton, 19, would normally be working with children attending a youth ministry retreat centre in Consett, County Durham, in the build-up to Easter.

But with an enforced shutdown, she is back at the family home in Lumley and has spent hours with her family creating Bible scenes including Palm Sunday, Judas’s betrayal, Jesus’s washing of the feet, the Last Supper, the crucifixion and resurrection in Lego.

A Palm Sunday scene depicted in Lego
A Palm Sunday scene depicted in Lego (Niamh Newton/PA)
The Last Supper depicted in Lego
The Last Supper in Lego form (Niamh Newton/PA)

She used her brother’s collection, which includes Marvel and DC Comics mini-figures sets, improvising a Batman cape into the outfit worn by Jesus’s mother Mary.

Ms Newton used a large Duplo piece for the rock which moved from the tomb when Jesus rose, and when the crown of thorns proved impossible to make in Lego, she made one from Play-Doh.

She took pictures of the scenes she created and some have been shared on the parish Facebook page of St Cuthbert’s RC Church in Chester-le-Street.

Ms Newton said: “People’s reaction has been good and they have said that the kids like it.”

A resurrection scene depicted in Lego
A Lego imagining of the resurrection (Niamh Newton/PA)
Niamh Newton
Niamh Newton (Niamh Newton/PA)

The teenager, who is going to Liverpool Hope University in September and hopes to train to be a special needs teacher, said: “I cannot express my faith at church at the moment.

“I work at a retreat and I would normally be teaching the young people about Easter in a creative way, through games and art.

“This has helped me think about Holy Week and imagine what I was like.”

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