On a hot and sunny Good Friday, hundreds of people took part in Horsham Churches Together’s Good Friday Walk of Witness from Brighton Road Baptist Church and outside the St John’s Catholic Church and the United Reformed Church, converging at the Carfax Bandstand for the Good Friday service.
Following a welcome by Deacon Tom Murray, Moderator of Horsham Churches Together, the Lifespring Worship Band provided the music for the Good Friday service, with Revd Natalie Loveless, Vicar at St Leonard’s Church, giving a short, interactive talk about the meaning of Easter, and prayers for Horsham by Revd Dr Tim Carter, Minister of Brighton Road Baptist Church.
Hot cross buns were distributed around the town with serviettes explaining why there is a cross on a Hot Cross Bun: “Traditionally eaten on Good Friday, when Jesus Christ was put to death, the bun’s cross reminds us of what Jesus did for all mankind – even you!”
Horsham Churches Together’s Messy Easter
Horsham Churches Together set up a pop-up shop in Swan Walk on Saturday 20 April and organised Messy Easter craft activities. Children and their families enjoyed making bracelets with crosses, a scratch art cross activity, lolly stick crosses, and making Easter story cards to explain the events of Holy Week. A TV played Easter stories from the Bible Society and the Beginner’s Bible. There was also a competition to win The Real Easter Egg (the egg that shares the Easter story). Children were delighted to take away one of the Bible Society books – either ‘Three Friends and the Miracle Man’ or ‘The Seriously Surprising Story’.
If you would like to find out more about Horsham Churches Together’s 32 churches, please look at the website horshamct.org.uk and click on ‘churches’ or contact Rosemary Couchman, Horsham Churches Together Development Co-ordinator (rosemary.couchman@horshamct.
org.uk). Messy Church information is available at www.messychurch.org.uk.