Hundreds of people are expected to make a Walk of Witness to remember and reflect on Jesus’s last hours this Good Friday with events across Wakefield and Huddersfield Episcopal Areas.
The annual Walk of Witness in Wakefield organised by Churches Together in Wakefield will gather at the Wakefield Cross in front of Wakefield Cathedral at 9.45 am and walk in silence through the city via the Trinity Walk shopping centre and across the Bull Ring for a short service there. Elland Churches Together meet at St Mary's Church at 10.30am. There are free hot cross buns and a simple leaflet telling the Easter story is given out.
In Barnsley people will gather at Rabbit Ings Country Park to carry the cross up over the old pit stacks there for their silent witness called Way of the Cross. Meet in Rabbit Ings car park at 12noon.
The Walk of Witness through Huddersfield organised by Churches Together In Huddersfield Town Centre will see Christians of different denominations and none meet at 10.25 outside the Parish Church on Byram Street to imitate the journey that Jesus took carrying his cross through the streets of Jerusalem.
They will walk in silence around the town centre pausing for reflection and prayer on Jesus’ last hours. There will be hot drinks available in the parish centre from 11.30am. This will be followed at 12pm by "Multi-Sensory Stations of the Cross." This is a poignant service for people of all ages. Through the liturgy and the actions that accompany it, we are drawn into the agony and meaning and wonder of Jesus’ journey into death.
The Vicar of Huddersfield, Simon Moor, said: “It is unusual, and yet moving in the present day, to see Christians gathering together outside their buildings to mark a part of the Jesus story, but it is the story of Good Friday that draws so many people to tell of his death 2,000 years ago.
“And then we wait for the brilliance and joyfulness of Easter Day, the colour and brightness of the resurrection day,” he added.