Rev Tony Heywood
from Thetford Team Ministry
gave a short talk about the completeness of Jesus’ forgiveness through the cross. He said: “It is this glorious Gospel message, the heart of the Christian faith, the message of the cross that drives us out onto the streets to witness today in this very particular, wonderful exciting way and every day in more normal way; because we long for people to know the truth”.
The procession walked behind the cross to Thetford Methodist Church
where Rev Helen Jary
from Thetford Team Ministry read a poem and then served communion as the crowd sang ‘Jesus Christ when I think about your sacrifice’
During the walk onlookers were given postcards with timings of the Easter Sunday Services
taking place in nine of the town’s churches and there was the opportunity to chat and pray.
The crowd of Christians walked on to Thetford’s new Riverside complex
and stopped in front of The Light Cinema
. Cllr Stuart Wright
read about Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane and then those gathered were encouraged to form small groups to pray about priorities within Thetford.
Outside King’s House
, the home of Thetford Town Council
, the gathering heard about the verdict of Pontius Pilate with a passage was read by Tim Lovejoy of Fulmerston Christian Fellowship
At the final stop, in the Town Square
the cross was held aloft with a painting of the crucified Jesus as Andrea Jarrold
read from Matthew 27. After a moving version of the song, ‘Oh to See the Dawn’
, Nigel Worth
from Hope Church Thetford
led a Gospel message encouraging people to open their hearts to God.
He said: “The whole theme of this Walk of Witness is that it is not yet over. It is finished, but it is not yet over. Life is for living. I want something that is alive to give myself to. I want the founder of my religion to be alive today and He is. So our invitation is for you to invite the living Lord Jesus into your life by his Holy Spirit. And I can promise you this – your life will never be the same again. Because suddenly God and you have connected. And you will know it.”
Once the walk was complete, those gathered were invited to King Street Baptist Church for refreshments.