Seaside route for Gorleston's Good Friday March

21st April 2019
Tony Mallion reports
pictures by Rev Matthew Price


GORLESTON GF MARCH 2019BFor the first time, Christians from Gorleston’s churches took a seaside route for the annual Good Friday march of witness. Led by volunteers carrying a wooden cross, a reminder of Jesus’ walk through Jerusalem to the place of crucifixion, the march went from Bridge Road along the cliff top and Lower Promenade
During the hour long event there were four stops for a reading, Easter hymn and prayers before arriving back at Cliff Park Junior School where a united service took place at Cliff Park Community Church led by Lester Bullen with the minister the Rev Mike Simm as the speaker 


Each year, the churches combine for this annual march and service, which, in the past, have included the High Street, the Magdalen Estate, and the James Paget Hospital. The route along the cliffs and prom was a new departure organised by Gary Pillar of Cliff Park Church. Warm weather and an extra Park Run staged on the seafront by the Bungay Black Dog club ensured there were plenty of people around as well as marchers taking part


The Easter Sunday sunrise communion service held on the beach also attracted a large number from local churches. The half hour service led by the Rev Martin Upton from Bradwell Parish Church was timed at 5.30am to greet what proved to be one of the most spectacular Easter sunrises of recent years. Rev Upton who has arranged the service for many years described the sunrise as a ‘wow’ moment as worshippers greeted each other with a sign of peace before taking communion 

During Holy Week, Cliff Park Church combined with St Mary Magdalene for a series of daily reflections and joint services which included a Maundy Thursday communion. Rev Matthew Price of St Mary Magdalene said he was pleased with the numbers attending this new venture which grew steadily the week