GALLERY: Stevenage, Hitchin and Letchworth host Walk of Witness Easter services on Good Friday

Hitchin Walk of Witness to St Mary's Church, Good Friday 2015

Hitchin Walk of Witness to St Mary's Church, Good Friday 2015 - Credit: Archant

Hundreds of Christians walked in silence together on Good Friday to remember the sacrifices Jesus made on the cross for them, and we’ve put together a gallery of pictures taken on the day.

Stevenage Walk of Witness 2015, picture by Margaret Ashby

Stevenage Walk of Witness 2015, picture by Margaret Ashby - Credit: Archant

In Stevenage, parishioners from Roman Catholic, Church of England, Baptist, non-conformist and Methodist churches joined together to walk from the Holy Trinity church in Letchmore Road to the Bowling Green.

They followed in silence behind a wooden cross carried in turns by church representatives and marked the end of the service by placing palm crosses at the green.

Parishioner and photographer Margaret Ashby said: “It went really well.

“The weather was fantastic and we had at least 200 people attend, if not more.

Letchworth March of Witness. Credit Christopher Baker

Letchworth March of Witness. Credit Christopher Baker - Credit: Archant

“When we walked down the High Street all of the members of the public were incredibly quiet as a mark of respect.”

Methodist minister Richard Byass said: “It went well and was part of something that brought all the town’s denominations together.”

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A forecast threat of rain saw Hitchin’s proposed Walk of Witness sermon moved from Market Place to inside nearby St Mary’s Church.

A large number joined the walk which began in Bancroft Gardens and moved through the town, helping to add to a great atmosphere.

Chairman of St Mary’s fabric committee Tony Read, who took part in the walk, said: “Because of the forecast which was wet it was decided to move it from Market Place to St Mary’s. In the end it was fine and dry but these things happen!

“I think the atmosphere on the walk and in St Mary’s was a positive one.

“There was a high attendance in the church, in fact it was just about standing room only.”

Churches also came together in Letchworth, with more than 250 people gathering at Broadway Gardens before heading down Leys Avenue to remember Jesus Christ’s death on the cross.

Music was led by the Salvation Army Band and Rev Derek Moore-Crispin delivered a short sermon.

David Salloway, chairman of Churches Together in Letchworth, said: “It was great to see Christians in Letchworth come together to celebrate the true meaning of Easter and the new life that Jesus Christ makes possible because of his death and resurrection.”

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