Walk of Witness, Bourne: Churches mark Good Friday

Bernard Smith, carrying the cross, leads the Walk of Witness in Bourne''Photo: SM070412-056js
Bernard Smith, carrying the cross, leads the Walk of Witness in Bourne''Photo: SM070412-056js
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CHRISTIANS came together in Bourne today to celebrate Good Friday by following the striking image of a cross carried through the town’s streets.

The Walk of Witness, organised by Churches Together in Bourne attracted more than 140 people who trailed behind the cross in solemn silence.

Vice chairman of Churches Together in Bourne Roland Smith, who was on his sixth Walk of Witness in Bourne, said: “I think this year we have had more people turn out than the last couple of years which is great.”

The walk started at the United Reformed Church at 10am with a short service lead by the Rev Dr Daniel Mwailu

After the walk the Rev Mwailu said: “It was my first time in Bourne. I like the idea of walking in silence together and it is a good sign of unity walking to each others churches.”

The congregation followed the 2.5 metre high cross, which carried by Bernard Smith, 23. He was home on leave from recruit training with the Royal Marines in Lymstone, Devon, to lead the parade for the seventh year.

Aided by the police stopping traffic the procession travelled along Abbey Road, North Street, and St Gilbert’s Road to the Catholic Church where the congregation was addressed by Deacon Joe Rogan of St Gilbert’s Church. Mr Rogan said: “It is a fantastic occasion, to have all the churches of all different denominations in Bourne all pulling together.

“It is a marvellous things that has been going on for many years now.

“It is important for us to show our faith, with it being challenged today in so many places”.

The growing procession continue into Exeter Street, before moving into West Street where they finished at the Bourne Baptist Church with a short service led by Pastor Andy Warner.

Mr Warner said: “It has been a good turn out, the good weather helps and it is lovely to see people of such a mixture of ages, come together.

“Good Friday is such an important day in the Christian calendar so it is important to come together to show the unity of the Christians in Bourne behind the cross.”

Everyone in attendance was then welcomed into the Bourne Baptist Church hall in West Street for hot cross buns and refreshments.