MORE than 80 people gathered in the sunshine outside Midhurst Methodist Church on Good Friday for the traditional Good Friday silent Walk of Witness.
The event was organised, as usual, by the Rother Valley Churches Together (RVCT) group and members from churches across the Midhurst area including Harting, Rogate, Stedham, Easebourne and Lodsworth joined together to take part.
Spokesman for Rother Valley Churches Together, the Rev Chris Boxley, vicar of Heyshott, said: “The important thing about the silent Walk of Witness is it is an ecumenical walk bringing together all the different Christian communities in the area.”
The walk started at Midhurst Methodist Church where all those taking part gathered for a reading from the Passion story and the Meditation.
The cross was then taken up by Midhurst’s new rector, the Rev Dave Willis, who carried it throughout the walk.
The walkers set off up North Street and into Knockhundred Row and Church Hill, making their way to the parish church.
On the steps, Mr Willis and members of the congregation gave further readings.
The procession then set out again, this time for the Roman Catholic Church in Bepton Road. Here Father Peter and a member of the Roman Catholic Church congregation gave the final readings.
“The walk commemorates the events of the first Good Friday, when Jesus was tried and condemned to death,” said Mr Boxley.
“As the world becomes more secular, it is a good time to remind people of the religious and spiritual roots of our culture.
“We were very pleased with the turnout on Good Friday and it was a very good event.
“It is almost a self-organising event now as the RVCT have been doing it for so many years, all we have to do is notify people it is taking place as usual.
“The idea is to be a quiet witness and respond if anybody has questions and be there to show that for Christians, Good Friday is such an important date.”
See Midhurst and Petworth Observer Thursday, April 24 for a page of pictures