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Poll finds children are "bewildered" by Easter

The research by YouGov for Bible Society has revealed that children are bewildered by the Easter story; confusing it with other parts of the Bible, Aesop's fables and even fairy tales, with a quarter believing the Golden Goose and the Hare and the Tortoise may feature in the Easter story. 

The findings are supported by Bible Society's earlier 'Pass it On' report, in which 43% of eight to fifteen year olds indicated they had never read, seen or heard the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus.

Similarly, 71% of parents with children aged three to fifteen indicated they didn't think their child had ever read, seen or heard the story.

Ben Whitnall from the the Bible Society's told Premier's Marcus Jones on the News Hour why they've launched a free app to help parents share a Bible story with their children at bedtime.

The Queen began this year's Easter celebrations by presenting coins to pensioners at the traditional Maundy Thursday service, which dates back more than 800 years.

She was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh at Blackburn Cathedral in Lancashire.

Hundreds of well-wishers lined the streets outside.

The Queen distributed the Maundy money to 88 men and 88 women, one for each of the Queen's 88 years.

Meanwhile, churches and individuals across the UK have been handing out over 7,500 free Easter Eggs to people in their communities in the run up to Easter.

The random acts of kindness are part of 'sharethemiracle' - the brainchild of Dan Usher, who last year felt compelled to buy 100 chocolate eggs from a local supermarket and give them away.

It was deemed such a success that Dan decided to repeat it this year, but on a far wider scale.

This year Dan and a small committed team of friends and supporters had envisaged handing out Easter eggs to 5,000 people.

Organisers say they have now far exceeded their target and 7,500 eggs are likely to be handed out this Easter.

"Everyone can participate in "sharethemiracle" - it's a great way to get involved in and build your community.

Groups of friends, work colleagues, social networks, churches and even schools and government organisations are getting together to buy or source chocolate eggs and are then giving them away."

It's great fun, but we also believe that the giving of an egg can be a catalyst to grow new relationships and bring us all closer together. This intentional simple act of kindness can potentially transform a community. We're amazed and blown away by the response," says Dan Usher.

So successful has the initiative been that Dan and his small team, who have all worked as volunteers on "sharethemiracle" say they are now planning for even bigger things in 2015.

Elsewhere, organisers are making last minute preparations ahead the many Good Friday Easter Passion Plays which are expected to take place in towns and cities throughout Britain.

A Passion play is a dramatised performance of the Passion of Christ, depicting the trial, crucifixion and death of Jesus.

Revd Canon Jonathan Ford from Bury St Edmunds is playing a centurion and told Premier's Marcus Jones on the News Hour what people can expect.

Subsequently, a Passion Play that was due to take place in Oxford has been cancelled because of a blunder by the city's council, which reportedly thought the show was a lewd street performance.

Oxford City Councillor and United Reformed Church pastor Dick Wolff told a newspaper: "Unfortunately, one of the city council's licensing officers didn't recognise that a Passion play on Good Friday was a religious event,"

The council officer who told Cowley Road Passion Play organisers to cancel their event has reportedly apologised for his mistake.

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