James Hutchings, chairman of Christians Together across Exeter would like to let you know about a Good Friday walk taking place on 22 April.
I am writing on behalf of Christians Together across Exeter (CTaX) to let you know of the plans for this year’s Walk of Witness in the centre of Exeter, and to seek your support and participation. The dramatised scenes and walk through the city centre have become a highlight for evangelistic witness and as a focus of unity among Christians, as we remember all that Christ achieved through dying on the cross.
Walk of Witness
This year will follow a similar pattern to 2010 but the script is being re-written to draw on stories of Jesus’ life from the gospel of Luke. This will enable us to link the walk with the biblefresh initiative, celebrating the importance of scripture in this 400th anniversary year of the King James bible. We will give away copies of Luke’s gospel and publicise the biblefresh events taking place in many churches during May.
The key points of the day will be:
- 10am – worship in the Cathedral before the walk, providing an opportunity for Christians of all denominations to worship God together and for the gospel to be proclaimed. Our speaker will be Aran Richardson from Riverside Church
- 10.45am – the walk will commence with the first scene on Cathedral Green, progressing to further scenes in Princesshay Square and Bedford Square. Singing will be led between each scene
- From Bedford Square the walk will continue in silence as Jesus carries the cross down the high street, ending back on Cathedral Green with the crucifixion scene
- After the final scene, hot cross buns will be distributed and the Cathedral doors opened for all who wish to come in for prayer and reflection.
I am delighted that many of those who have been involved in the past 2-3 years will again be taking part and that we already have a strong team in place from a number of different churches. The team includes scriptwriter Dave Poulson, director Andrew Brazier, stage manager Sarah Nicholls, joined this year by new cathedral Canon Missioner Anna Norman-Walker. We also continue to have strong support from John Harvey the city centre manager who was instrumental in enabling the success of the recent Exeter Nativity and is keen to develop the impact of the churches in the life of the city centre.
So that we can make this the best Walk of Witness yet and hence reach more people than ever, we need as many Christians as possible to be involved. So please could you include WoW 2011 within your church’s advance publicity? More specifically we need:
- Actors and drama production – anyone interested in acting or helping behind the scenes should contact Andrew Brazier (email@example.com; 07875587911). The key date to remember will be for auditions and casting, on Thursday 3rd March, 7.30pm at Riverside Church. (As a guide the likely dates for rehearsals are Mon 14th, Thurs 17th, Tues 22nd,Thurs 24th, Mon 28th, and Thurs 31st March; Tues 5th,Thurs 7th,Mon 11th,Thurs 14th, Mon 18th, Tues 19th, and Wed 20th April. But not everyone is needed for every rehearsal and dates are subject to change)
- Easter egg engagers – engagers are volunteers who will hand out gospels and gifts such as hot cross buns, and engage passers-by in conversation about the meaning of Good Friday and Easter. Isca Church have again kindly agreed to lead this aspect of the walk – anyone interested should contact Ann Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org; Exeter 462557)
- Stewards – stewards are needed to help marshal the crowd so that they keep on the correct route. Bud Wendover is once again kindly co-ordinating this: please contact him (Exeter 881493; Bud.Wendover@btinternet.com)
- Funding – this event costs around £3,000 – a large amount to raise, although small given its important impact. So help is needed! We realise it is not an easy time financially, but please could your church prayerfully consider what it can give to make this an event which brings the gospel of Christ to many in our city and which glorifies God? (if a guideline is helpful, a donation of £1 per church member has been suggested – but this only a guideline – more or less would be welcome!). Contributions should be made payable to “CTaX” (ie Christians Together across Exeter) and sent to Mr Tim Wilcox, CTaX Treasurer,120 Topsham Rd, Exeter EX2 4RW
- Prayer – for all involved with the planning of WoW 2010, for volunteers to come forward to undertake the different roles needed, for good co-operation from the police and other city centre groups, and for a good response on the day from those who come on the walk and see the drama. We will also be encouraging those on the walk to pray as they walk for different aspects of life in the city centre
Thank you for your help and please let me know if you would like any further information.
With all good wishes,
The Old Deanery, 37 Ellerhayes, Exeter EX1 1HS
james.hutchings @ exeter.anglican.org