Good Friday - At the Foot of the Cross

The Cross of Jesus Christ is central to our faith and forms the centre point of Easter.  Bringing our sinful lives to God at Easter time is much like us following Jesus to the hill of Calvary, where we gather at the foot of the cross with nothing more to offer than our faults and failures. 

For 2021 it is not possible for us to make a public Good Friday witness of this truth, in the way it has been held in the town in previous years.  Yet there is a way that we can make our pilgrimage this year – each of us safely and quietly.

After the service on Palm Sunday morning (28th March), two large wooden crosses will be laid down in the chancel in St Bartholomew’s Church.  We are all invited to take a time during Holy Week to come to the crosses and nail a red ribbon to either or both of the crosses, and dwell for a moment in prayer.  This is our individual moment to place our sinful lives by the cross, and to give thanks for all that Christ has done for us.

All through Holy Week the church will be open all day for you to come.  As parts of the Service at the Foot of the Cross on Good Friday we shall elevate these crosses, and afterwards place them prominently outside in the churchyard for all to see.  Large crosses covered in red ribbon make a powerful witness to our faith, as people walk and drive past the churches.

The service will be in church and live-streamed (and recorded).  If you wish to come to the church, you shall need to book a place here.