Good Friday 18th April 2014
Walk of Witness
Churches Together in Epsom produced a dramatization of Jesusí crucifixion and resurrection in Epsom on Good Friday. It was very much a team effort with actors, musicians, technical and staging crew, stewards, administrative support and police working together.
The aim was to bring the narrative alive with dialogue, monologue and song. We met initially at Dullshot Green and then processed to the Market Square.
The trials, Jesusí prayerful appeal to God and his subsequent betrayal and arrest were staged. The spectators became the crowd, not a polite Epsom group, but a mob who wanted Jesusí blood. They called for crucifixion as a response to statements of Jesus that showed a bias to the poor and called for sacrifice.
When Jesus, carrying his cross, and the crowd arrived in the middle of Epsom the crucifixion was represented. The soldiers mocked him, women he knew lamented the horror of his fate and the refrain "Sometimes it causes me to Tremble" echoed the poignancy of his execution.
Mary Magdaleneís song written by Lloyd Weber "I donít know how to love him" summed up the tenuous hope that those who knew him must have felt when they learned of the resurrection. The final hymn "He is Lord" was a confident statement of faith from the cast and those gathered, with bubbles blown by the children representing Easter hope.
Julian McAllen the curate from Christ Church played the role of Jesus. Members of the Epsom churches joined with Churches Together in Ewell to provide a tent for quiet reflection in the Market Square until 3pm and the cross remained as a symbol of all that had been enacted there. There were hot cross buns as a welcome refreshment provided by Epsom Methodist Church with donations to Christian Aid.
We were delighted that a large number of people were able to share in the drama and that it was a good deal warmer than the freezing conditions experienced for last yearís gathering. The churches are delighted that we are able to portray this testimony to the events of Good Friday and Easter.
Report by Rev. Sue Curtis
There were hot cross buns as a welcome refreshment provided by Epsom Methodist Church with donations to Christian Aid.
Photographs with thanks to Yan Tan