Free family event for ‘Good Friday’ in Winchester

Why is one special Friday called ‘Good’?

On Good Friday, 7 April 2023, Churches Together in Winchester is running an interactive event for all the family which answers that question. The free event takes place in the Outer Close of the Cathedral Green between 10 am and 12 noon.

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Neil Maddock is an experienced actor and writer.

Local actor Neil Maddock will perform a dramatic story he has written, showing life from the perspective of one of Jesus’s disciples. His storytelling centres on the hope that is to come for the original disciples and for everyone today.

Neil says, “I will be playing a storyteller named John, the disciple of Jesus. I recount some of the experiences of being a follower of Jesus for the past three years and how we ended up in Jerusalem with his arrest and crucifixion. The play finishes with the memory of something Jesus said – so surely this is not the end, there must be more to come.”

Volunteers from local churches will distribute Easter eggs and invite adults and children to write or draw prayers, blessings for others, or describe pressures they are facing. The cards will subsequently be collected and prayed for by Winchester churches throughout the Easter weekend.

The Salvation Army band will also play a selection of well-known Easter hymns.

Howard Mellor, Chair of Churches Together in Winchester says, “Good Friday is an awesome day for Christians and what we have planned has both dignity and fun for families.”

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