A Christian tradition that each year draws hundreds to downtown Fort Langley on Good Friday will take place rain or shine March 25.
What’s still colloquially known as Stations of the Cross was changed a couple of years ago to Good Friday Walk: Stations of Holy Week.
This Good Friday’s service has broadened, becoming “Stations of Holy Week” – a recognition of both Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday in the opening and closing stations, respectively.
“The majority of the stations reflect events which occurred on Good Friday surrounding Jesus’ suffering and death,” explained Living Waters Church associate pastor Luke Knight, the chief coordinator.
The walk is an interactive, moveable service through Fort Langley and includes a large wooden cross that is carried from station to station.
It starts from the Fort Langley Community Hall at 10 a.m.
The outdoor service sees participants walking to different locations in Fort Langley where there will be scripture readings and songs.
Churches involved include Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church (FLEFC), Living Waters Church, Parish of St. George – Anglican Church of Canada, United Churches of Langley – Fort Langley Site, and Wagner Hills Ministries.
Glen Valley’s Wagner Hills, a faith-based recovery centre for men, provides manpower, sound equipment, and a trailer that is towed to each station, and serves as a stage.
The walk lasts roughly 90 minutes and at about 11:30 a.m., the group will arrive at the FLEFC building for a few songs, and then into the gym for some hot cross buns and hot drinks.
All are welcome. Last year, about 600 people attended.
• Fort Langley Community Hall – welcome and station one
• Lee’s Market – stations two and three
• Parish of St. George – station four
• Fort Langley Strip Mall – station five
• Living Waters Church – station six
• St. Andrew’s United Church – stations seven and eight
• Fort Langley Cemetery – station nine
• Fort Langley Evangelical Free Church – Station 10 and refreshments.
“As we read scripture, reflect and pray, we follow Jesus’ journey from Palm Sunday right through to Easter Sunday,” Knight elaborated.
“It carries with it sort of a sombre tone but it’s also a wonderful fellowship opportunity for like-minded believers in the community, even though they attend the different churches, to come together and visit,” noted FLEFC children’s ministry director Lindy Jankowiak.
A full digital guide of the walk will be available at fortlangleychurches.ca Thursday.
“We will also have paper copies available on Friday morning at the event,” Knight said.