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Special Discount for The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe at Theater of Youth

First published (in 1950) and best known of the seven novels in The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe tells the story of Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy, who step through a magical wardrobe into Narnia, the once peaceful land of Dwarves, Fauns, Giants and Talking Beasts, but now frozen into winter by the evil White Witch. Destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy, the four children must defeat the Witch, restore peace and sunshine to Narnia, and return Aslan, the King of Beasts, to his throne.

Connecting to the Easter Story

Aslan, the lion, is a Christ-like figure, as he returns to the world he created to redeem it from the eternal winter of the White Witch, an evil figure, who tempts Edmund and turns him against the others and against Aslan himself – which draws a parallel to mankind turning from the Word of God.

Aslan defeats the Witch’s winter, but she has one last trick up her sleeve: she claims Edmund. Only blood will save the boy, so Aslan secretly agrees to be sacrificed by the Witch. His death, however, is only temporary, because Deeper Magic from Before the Dawn of Time guarantees that the wrongly sacrified will be brought back to life. The morning after his sacrifice, Aslan returns to his final victory over the evil witch.

Other elements of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe further echo the Easter story of Jesus’ death and resurrection:

  • Just as Jesus held vigil at Gethsemane with a few trusted disciples, Aslan spends a lonely night before his sacrifice with Lucy and Susan.
  • Bound and condemned, Aslan is mocked by the White Witch’s followers; Jesus was mocked by Pilate’s soldiers.
  • When Mary Magdalene and the other women go to the tomb, it is empty, and Jesus’ body is gone. Later, the women are the first to see him after the resurrection. Similarly, in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, when Lucy and Susan go back to the table to find Aslan’s body, it is gone; they, too, are the first to see Aslan after his resurrection.
Niagara/Northeast Branch Meeting

Please mark your calendars and spread the word about the next meeting of the Niagara/Northeast Branch of the Presbytery. 

Monday, April 25, 2016
6:30-8:00 p.m.
North Presbyterian, North Tonawanda
168 Payne Ave.

For the meal, those who wish may bring a dish to share.  Those who prefer not to bring a covered dish may put in a few dollars for pizza.  Either way, we'd like to know who plans to attend.

Stuart Buisch,, 716-713-6488
Mary Beth Karr,, 716-870-6276
Branch Co-conveners

Churches in the Niagara/Northeast Branch are Alden, Amherst, Bacon Memorial, Clarence, Crittenden, Island United, Lewiston, Lockport, New Hope Korean, Niagara, Niagara Falls, North/North Tonawanda, North/Williamsville, Riverside, Third/North Tonawanda, Tonawanda Indian and Youngstown.
Summer Campership Application

Spring is almost here which means summer is just around the corner and so is the camping season!  Please post applications for Christian Camping in your church newsletters and areas where families gather so they are able to avail themselves of an application for a camp scholarship!  Summertime is a great opportunity for children and youth to learn about the story of God's love; the teachings of Jesus Christ and the Spirit's work in the world in outdoor based settings.  Please note that applications received after JUNE 1 will not be considered.  If you have any questions or wish to have applications mailed to you; please contact Linda Babcock at

Campership Application:
A Season for New Growth:
A time to plan and plant
  • Have you been to the Resource Center lately? 
  • Have you browsed through our new books and Sunday School curriculum? 
  • Have you chatted with our Christian educators and volunteers? 
Come to our Open House
Thursday, April 28th 4:30-6:30PM
Saturday, April 30th 10AM-Noon
Spring Gathering
Saturday, April 30, 2016

"Stormy Waters-- Practicing Faith"

Program - practicing faith through workshops:
  • Labyrinth
  • Weaving plastic mats for Homeless
  • Breathing techniques
Wayside Presbyterian Church, Hamburg, NY

Cost is $5.00 for registration and lunch

Worship Leader: Rev. Rachel Brown

Mission action: for Cornerstone Manor
bring beauty and hygiene products

RSVP by April 15 to cluster leader
or to Peggy Fanning, 826-7542

Wayside Presbyterian Church is at 5017 Lake Shore Road (NY Route 5), Hamburg, NY:
church is on corner with Amsdell Road, west of Woodlawn and east of Lakeview.
March 24
Clergy Celebrations

Happy Anniversary!
Lowell & Annie Avery - 3/22/1975
Thomas & Carol Timmerman Yorty - 3/22/1980
Dennis & Gretchen Duling - 3/26/1960
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Around the Presbytery
March 25
Good Friday Men and Boys Breakfast, sponsored by Niagara Presbyterian Church

March 25
"Come Walk With Me" Easter Cantata at First Presbyterian Church of Youngstown

April 6
Welcome Spring Sale at First Presbyterian Church of Tonawanda

April 9
Downsizing and Estate Planning Conversation at Presbyterian Village at North Church

April 30
"Murder at Mike's" Interactive Mystery Dinner Theater at East Aurora Presbyterian Church

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