Walks of Witness in Gorleston and Yarmouth
Walks of witness took place in both Great Yarmouth and Gorleston on Good Friday, as local Christians remembered Christ’s sacrifice at the first Easter.
The new vicar of Gorleston helped to lead the Good Friday March of Witness by carrying the wooden cross (see pictures above and right). The annual event came just days after the Rev Brian Hall was installed at St Andrew’s Church by the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev Graham James.
With over a hundred people from local churches taking part, this year’s march went from St Andrew’s to Cliff Park Junior School where for the first time Cliff Park Community Church hosted the well-attended Good Friday united service. The march was organised by the St Mary Magdalene vicar, Rev Linda Ricketts, with stops for readings, hymns, and prayers. Several people shared the task of carrying the cross remembering Jesus passing through Jerusalem to his place of execution on the first Good Friday.
Christians Together in Great Yarmouth organised their third Good Friday Walk of Witness and were joined by 70-90 people from many churches in Great Yarmouth and the surrounding villages. They gathered together to walk with a wooden cross to acknowledge and proclaim the sacrifice of Jesus.
The cross had been constructed of rough wood and adorned with a crown of thorns by Brian King and carried by Colin Schofield of Park Baptist Church; and was the symbol of Jesus’ suffering that was the centre of worship in prayer and song, together with Bible readings and a traditional Easter hymn at each station.
The walk finished in the Market Place to sing more songs. (see picture right)
. Towards the end of the final reading the poignant and haunting sound was heard of the nails being hammered into the wood of the cross. Rev Peter Timothy
, from Park Baptist Church
, gave a very emotional address to those watching.
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