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.
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'.