VIDEO: Good Friday Walk of Witness in Midhurst

GROUPS from across Midhurst and Petworth are getting together for Easter services and celebrations.

The Rev Jeanette Richardson led a Rother Valley Churches Together service today (April 3), which started at the Methodist Church in North Street.

Poppy Willis getting stuck into arts and crafts at Messy Church in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134856001

Poppy Willis getting stuck into arts and crafts at Messy Church in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134856001

The Rev Richardson said: “The turn-out was great and the rain almost helped the solemnity of it all.

“The reflections alongside the readings were very nice.

“It was great to meet with friends from other churches and interesting to be a part of the walk through the town.”

Dozens braved the rain and gathered for the traditional Good Friday Walk of Witness, which began with a prayer and reading, before the procession set off up North Street and into Knockhundred Row and Church Hill, making their way to the parish church.

People from across the area brave the rain for a Rother Valley Churches Together service in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134907001

People from across the area brave the rain for a Rother Valley Churches Together service in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134907001

There the Rev Dave Willis and members of the congregation gathered for more prayers and readings.

The procession then set out for the Roman Catholic Church in Bepton Road.

The Rev Willis said: “It was great to see so many people walking despite the drizzly weather.

“We have had a very full holy week which has been great and we’ve had a number of Easter events going on.

Marco Frankland entertains 22-month-old Gilbert and mum Frankie Copeland SUS-150304-134929001

Marco Frankland entertains 22-month-old Gilbert and mum Frankie Copeland SUS-150304-134929001

“Messy Church on Good Friday was a chance for the kids to come in and do Easter-related crafts with their families, have a hot cross bun and a service at the end of the morning.”

More than 50 children and families went to the Messy Church session, which had musical entertainment provided courtesy of Marco Frankand.

“It’s a really nice way of engaging with families,” added Rev Willis.

“And it has fallen in the middle of the holidays, which is good.

People from across the area brave the rain for a Rother Valley Churches Together service in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134951001

People from across the area brave the rain for a Rother Valley Churches Together service in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134951001

“I’m really looking forward to Sunday morning, when we will have a service at first light on St Anne’s Hill, starting at 6.15am.”

Meanwhile the Stedham Squirrels group enjoyed an end of term outing and Easter egg hunt.

Manager of the Stedham Squirrels Preschool, Gemma Gabler said: “As always Squirrels Preschool has had a fun packed term and ended the spring term on a high with a visit to meet some cows and calves.

“The children had the opportunity to groom and feed one of the cows and even meet the bull.

“We then had our yearly Easter egg hunt at the farm. All the children had an amazing day with such a great opportunity to see and learn about these animals up close.”

The Rev Dave Willis and children from Messy Church learn about Easter on Good Friday

The Rev Dave Willis and children from Messy Church learn about Easter on Good Friday

The Stedham Squirrels enjoy an end of term outing and Easter egg hunt SUS-150304-141009001

The Stedham Squirrels enjoy an end of term outing and Easter egg hunt SUS-150304-141009001

Alison Manning and daughters Amy, 10, and Zoe, 8, enjoy Messy Church in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134940001

Alison Manning and daughters Amy, 10, and Zoe, 8, enjoy Messy Church in Midhurst on Good Friday SUS-150304-134940001