Good Friday 2010
Walk of Witness
On an overcast but at least dry day nearly 400 members (plus two well behaved dogs) of the Churches Together in Epsom assembled in the car park near the Fire Station. Prayers were led by Father Andrew Pinsent of St Joseph’s Church. The procession assembled under the watchful eye of Brian Angus our chief marshal from St Martin’s Church and Meg Murrant from the Baptist Church who together had arranged all the stewards, organisation and the placement of the necessary equipment for the day’s event.
The procession then with traffic control well provided and directed by the Police Force was led by a team carrying the heavy cross. It headed towards and into the Epsom Town market space. Walkie-talkie control at the head and rear of the column was provided by the Allen family. The procession arrived in the Market Place where many others joined for the service on the theme of “The Suffering and Glory.”
Peter Grint, the Chairman of Churches Together in Epsom welcomed everyone and worship began with the singing of the Charles Wesley hymn “Love divine, all loves excelling.” Rev. David Winwood of the Methodist Church then spoke on the verse “Let me glory in nothing but the Cross of Christ” and of the continuing suffering in Zimbabwe. He told the moving story of the loving care a Zimbabwean nurse was able to give to the perpetrator of the horrific murder of her uncle she was forced to witness as a fourteen-year-old.
As a reading of the Crucifixion of Jesus was read by Rev. Sue Bull, the CROSS was raised. The hymn “In the Cross of Christ I Glory” was sung followed by prayers from Rev. Colin Holmes of the Baptist Church. The final hymn was “The Head that once was crowned with thorns” and the blessing was given by Rev. Simon Talbott of St Martin’s Church. After the service, refreshments were taken at Epsom Methodist Church and the proceeds which will be donated to Christian Aid
Our grateful thanks to Epsom and Ewell Borough Council for allowing us to use the market place, the Police for accompanying us, Andrew Smith for playing the Easter hymns, Bob Allen for amplifying the service, and Epsom Methodist Church for refreshing us afterwards.
Thanks are also due to the Chris Donohue for the excellent printed order of service and the banner and cross bearers.