Haddenham.net

Walk of Witness 2016

Home » News » Walk of Witness 2016
Walk of Witness 01
Walk of Witness 02
Walk of Witness 04
Walk of Witness 07
Walk of Witness 09

Local Christians of all denominations gathered under the banner of 'Churches Together in Haddenham' on Good Friday morning for their annual Walk of Witness.

A large wooden cross was carried symbolically from Townsend Green, through Dollicott, Fort End, Banks Road and down Churchway, in time for followers to participate in the Good Friday service at St Mary's Church.

At various points along the way, the faithful paused to sing hymns and maintain periods of silent prayer and contemplation.

The service in St Mary's Church was led by Amanda Pink, the Minister in Training at Haddenham Baptist Church.

The service drew on a number of pieces of music, and a piece of artwork, as well as hymns, scripture readings and prayers to reflect on Jesus' death on the cross and its significance.

Instead of a sermon, Amanda read a poem, the first verse of which is reproduced here:

'The Sorrow of God'
by Geoffrey Studdert-Kennedy
(aka 'Woodbine Willie')

YES, I used to believe i' Jesus Christ,
And I used to go to Church,
But sin' I left 'ome and came to France,
I've been clean knocked off my perch.
For it seemed orlright at 'ome, it did,
To believe in a God above
And in Jesus Christ 'Is only Son,
What died on the Cross through Love.
When I went for a walk o' a Sunday morn
On a nice fine day in the spring,
I could see the proof o' the living God
In every living thing.
For 'ow could the grass and the trees grow up
All along o' their bloomin' selves?
Ye might as well believe i' the fairy tales,
And think they was made by elves.
So I thought as that long-'aired atheist
Were nubbat a silly sod,
For 'ow did 'e 'count for my Brussels sprouts
If 'e didn't believe i' God?

If you would like to read the rest of the poem, please click here

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Julie Hill & Charlie Evans
Helen Lewis: Tue 23 Jan 11:30am

Village residents Charlie Evans and Julie Hill have recently been given a long service award in recognition for 20 years as foster careers.Julie's family, her children Nicola and Gareth and I (Helen), would like to tell them how incredibly proud we are of them and how we enjoy being a very small part of this wonderful career.We estimate that they have had in the region of 60-70 babies...

Mummers_Xmas 2016
Haddenham Webteam: Sun 21 Jan 12:00pm

As most residents of village will know, the Haddenham Mummers bring a unique form of entertainment to local village events and pubs during the run-up to Christmas. Their folktale performances can't help but bring a smile to the faces of everyone witnessing the distinctive and quirky form of theatre — if only in disbelief!Most importantly the Haddenham Mummers achieve remarkable levels of...

Dog Walking 03a
Kia Franklin-Shaw: Fri 19 Jan 12:30pm

Kia's dog walking fundraiser for Restless DevelopmentDo you have a four-legged friend? Don't fancy walking them in the cold, gloomy Winter mornings? Are you passionate about giving back? Then look no further...What is 'Restless Development'?Restless Development is a youth-led charity that works in Africa, Asia, UK and USA supporting and educating young people in areas...