Good Friday 2018 saw the Upper Hutt walk of witness revived as Anglicans and Baptists traversed the route from Rimutaka Baptist Church to St Hilda's Anglican via Maoribank School.
This regular joint effort is an attempt to identify by local Christians, to more closely identify with Jesus' walk to His Cross on the first Good Friday. In the process they pray, listen to scriptures and reflect on their personal faith. A consequence may be that those who pass by them also pause for a moment to reflect on their faith.
This year 20+ people completed the whole walk over 90mins. before a closing service in St Hilda's in Cruickshank Rd. Several others joined in for shorter sections of the walk. The walk had begun in the Rimutaka Baptist Church with a service there. Appropriately, drinks and hot cross buns were the fare in St Hilda's hall at the end of proceedings.
This year the route of the walk was altered to recognise the relationship that exists between both Churches and Maoribank School. Both churches have members who support Supakidz during lunch on Mondays and the Sunday evening community gathering, begun by the Baptists last year.
Expressions of interest have been received by the Union Parish, Awaken Church and the Church of Jesus Christ and the Latter Day Saints to involve in Next year's walk. Watch this space and look forward to another Walk of Witness on Good Friday 2019.
During Easter time Christians and Churches celebrate what they believe is the most significant three days in history. During these three days Jesus Christ was judged guilty, suffered an incredibly painful crucifixion and death. Then less than three days later arose from his grave alive and appeared to many people, beginning with his closest followers. An understanding and acceptance of these events forms the cornerstone of Christian faith and commitment.
If, after watching the short video above you prayed the prayer of commitment offered we would love to have a chat with you to support and encourage you. Please call or text Terry (027 600 1926) or call Judy (526 2002) or, visit us at St Hilda's sometime soon.
If watching the video causes you to wonder but you are not ready to pray the prayer yet, then call or visit us anyway and know that we will offer you a listening ear.
St Hilda's, Upper Hutt church members attended the noon Good Friday service at Trentham this year. Pictured is the procession approaching the XIV (14th) Station of the Cross as they prepare to lay the crucified Jesus in His garden tomb - featured by the red blanket (left). The lady in blue acted the part of Mary, Jesus mother, and the story was told from the perspective of a Centurion (right).
Around 70 people participated in and witnessed this dramatic re-enactment entitled, 'The Way of the Cross'.