Walks of Witness mark Good Friday in run-up to Easter

Cross-bearer Olu Osibowale and Churches Together banner during the Good Friday Walk of Witness by Ch

Cross-bearer Olu Osibowale and Churches Together banner during the Good Friday Walk of Witness by Churches Together in Biggleswade. Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS - Credit: Picture: KEVIN RICHARDS

Christians across North Herts and Central Beds marked Good Friday yesterday with open-air acts of witness in the streets of their respective towns.

Hitchin's Good Friday Walk of Witness comes out of the High Street and into Market Place. Picture: D

Hitchin's Good Friday Walk of Witness comes out of the High Street and into Market Place. Picture: Dan Drew - Credit: Archant

Good Friday marks the crucifixion of Jesus in Jerusalem two millennia ago, with Easter Sunday celebrating his resurrection as described in the New Testament.

Hundreds of people turned out for Churches Together in Hitchin’s Walk of Witness from Bancroft park to the town centre, with a service at the end featuring the choir from St Mary’s Church.

Hitchin's Good Friday service in Market Place. Picture: Dan Drew

Hitchin's Good Friday service in Market Place. Picture: Dan Drew - Credit: Archant

Fr Tom O’Brien from Our Lady Catholic Church gave an address in which he recited Walter Wangerin, Jr’s Ragman – an allegorical retelling of the life of Christ.

In Stevenage, the Walk of Witness started from the Bowling Green at the north end of the Old Town and made its way through to the new town centre.

The Good Friday service in Stevenage, following the Walk of Witness from the Old Town. Picture: Shar

The Good Friday service in Stevenage, following the Walk of Witness from the Old Town. Picture: Sharon Taylor - Credit: Archant


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There was then open-air praise under the town’s distinctive clock, with hot cross buns handed out.

In Letchworth, about 150 people processed from Broadway Gardens through the town centre to Leys Square, where there were Easter hymns with the Salvation Army band.

Dancers act out the story of Christ's Passion during the Good Friday service in Letchworth. Picture:

Dancers act out the story of Christ's Passion during the Good Friday service in Letchworth. Picture: Keith Walker

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Roger Adridge of the town’s Baptist church said: “We heard a moving account of how Jesus died and saw a dance representation of those events. We heard that, far from being remote and inaccessible, ‘God’s on the street – He’s a God you can meet.’”

Biggleswade’s Walk of Witness started at the Dan Albone car park off Shortmead Street and ended in Market Square, with the cross carried by Olu Osibowale.

The cross arriving at Potton's Market Square, carried by Bob Smith and John Rosanski, during the Goo

The cross arriving at Potton's Market Square, carried by Bob Smith and John Rosanski, during the Good Friday Walk of Witness. Picture: Dave Thompson - Credit: Archant

There was then a Churches Together service led by Rev Guy Scott from St Andrew’s Church, with music and readings.

Potton Churches Together reported an attendance of about 80 for their Walk of Witness, from St Mary’s Church to the Salvation Army citadel – with Bob Smith and John Rosanski carrying the cross at the head of the long procession.

After a pause in Market Square for a hymn and prayer, there was what Dave Thompson from St Mary’s called a “very moving” service at the citadel, with words from Maj Diane Steadman of the Salvation Army, Rev Gill Smith and reader Simon Gutteridge.

In Sandy, the Walk of Witness started from the Methodist church in St Neots Road, and went through the town and Market Square to St Swithun’s Church. Hot cross buns and hot drinks were given out after the service.

The Knebworth Family of Churches’ Walk of Witness started at Trinity Church in Park Lane and ended at St Thomas More Catholic Church off London Road.

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