Ilkeston - Blessed Are ....
w/e 01 April 2018
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Walk of WitnessBlessed Are ....The Ilkeston Area Churches got together again on Good Friday for a Silent Walk of Witness through the town centre. The theme of this year's walk which included dramatic readings and hymns at various points on the way was The Beatitudes all of which of course begin with "Blessed are ..."

URC Church

Opening worship took place in the URC Church (Green Spire) on Wharncliffe Road and some of the congregation are seen here leaving the church to reassemble on the Market Place.
Green Hill

The assembly point was outside the Town Hall where, when all were gathered, a reading was followed by the singing of "There is a green hill" to the tune "The house of the rising sun". (Hear a 1966 recording as sung by The Cobblers at YouTube)

The procession in a two-abreast column then headed for the Lower Market.
Lower Market

The walkers gathered in a semi-circle for another reading.
When I Survey

This was followed by the singing of "When I survey the wondrous cross".
Solitary Drum

The walk continued down Bath Street following a simple wooden cross in silence except for the beat of a solitary drum.
Lord of the Dance

The next stop for another dramatic reading was outside the Nationwide and here the hymn was "I danced in the morning".

A line in the official hymn sheet read "In our silence we thank God for His gift of Jesus" and passers-by were reminded how blessed we all are by a number of placards held high by some of the walkers.
Follow Me

"Come, follow me," Jesus said, "and I will send you out to fish for people." Matthew 4:19 NIV
Final Reading

The final stop on the walk was outside St Andrew's Methodist Church for a reading and an invitation to go into the church for refreshments. That's not the end though as the story continued on Easter Day at Dale Abbey.

Dawn Service

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