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Christians take their faith onto streets of Norfolk

Hundreds of Christians took their faith onto the streets of Norfolk on Good Friday in a number of Walks of Witness in places such as Thetford, Dereham, Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich.

Christians from churches across Thetford (pictured above) marched through the Mid Norfolk town on Good Friday behind a large wooden cross.
The Walk of Witness, a highlight in the Thetford Christians Together calendar, started at 10am with a short service at Thetford United Reformed Church. 
The procession then made its way down Thetford's King Street stopping to sing familiar Easter hymns and hear the Good Friday Bible story at points across the town centre.
Grateful that the rain stayed off, the marchers enjoyed refreshments at St Cuthbert’s to finish. 

More than 250 people took part in the Sheringham Churches Together Walk of Witness from the town’s St Peter’s Church to the highest point in Norfolk, the top of the Beeston Bump.
Prayers were read at the cross by the vicar of St Peter’s, Rev Christian Heycocks, and a blessing was given by Father Denys Lloyd, Roman Catholic parish priest for Cromer and Sheringham.
This year, for the first time, Christians from the churches together group also gathering around the hilltop cross on Easter Day, at 7am for a “Son Rise” service which was followed by bacon butties in the Yesu centre in Sheringham.

A graphic dramatisation of the crucifixion caught the attention of shoppers outside Cromer Parish Church on Good Friday morning.
A passion play with Colin Howell as Christ, wearing a crown of thorns, was “nailed” to the cross in the town-centre churchyard where he hung, dripping with blood.
Rev Canon David Court, vicar of Cromer, said they had wanted to try something different and compelling “in Cromer’s prime spot”.
“We wanted something which happened outside the church building and I think people found it quite a powerful experience,” he said. “There were about 150 people gathered which, given the weather, we were quite pleased with. We’re hoping it’s something we can build on in future years.”
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Nails were hammered in to a cross to symbolise the crucifixion during a moving part of the annual Dereham Good Friday march of witness.

About 80 Christians from churches across the town took part in the procession around the town centre.
The march followed a united Good Friday morning service at the Baptist Church attended by about 150 people and a sunrise service was held on Sunday morning at 6.30am to mark the Resurrection of Jesus.
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Click here to read our report of the Norwich Walk of Witness.

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