A bright, if crisp, Good Friday morning saw over 150 people gather in St. Michael’s Church, Stone, to pray and sing, led by Rev. Ian Cardinal, before forming a procession, silent, save for the slow beat of a drum, that snaked through the town.
Whilst the grown-ups walked and sang, younger children were enjoying crafts organised at Christ Church.
Pausing in the market square, Rev Fr Gerard Doyle gave a short talk, before a moment of quiet reflection, prayer and another hymn.
The procession reformed behind the drum and the cross, to enter Christ Church where a short family service was led by Rev. Paul Kingman, with an address by curate, Rev. Andy Cranston, reflecting on Heaven and teh sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross that enables us, undeserving though we are, to share in his Kingdom.
Coffee, tea & hot-cross buns followed, as the folk from all the Churches in Stone mingled, chatted, and renewed friendships, and viewed the craft work created by the children.
Thank you to all involved in helping this annual event take place – including the three members of Stone’s Special Constabulary, who ensured a safe passage across the roads.