On Saturday June 30th Sutton Village Church held its annual walk of witness through the streets of the village.
The day started early as volunteers met to prepare the church and all the activities that were planned for the afternoon. The plans had to have a contingency for rain as the weather was unpredictable that day.
At 2pm the short service was opened by Chris, one of the worship team at SVC. He welcomed the large turnout and said a prayer before handing over to the youth leaders and children from Friday Club. They performed three of their favourite songs with dance actions from Friday Club.
As soon as the service finished we assembled in Herbert Street behind the banner. As has become the custom, the Greenalls brass band accompanied the walk.
Following our usual route through Sutton, we were escorted by the local police, one of whom rode his mountain bike ahead of the procession to stop traffic. We were very lucky as the weather stayed dry for most of the walk. Just as we returned to the church the dreaded rain started to fall.
In previous years we have been able assemble in the car park to be entertained by the band. This year we had to convene in the church. Chairs and tables were quickly organised and in no time, the band struck up, hot and cold drinks were being served and hot dogs dispensed from the kitchen.
There were numerous activities and games for people of all ages to take part in including treasure hunt, hook a duck, disk drop not to mention face painting and glitter tattoos.
It was a joy to see so many people enjoying fellowship in God’s house. It was a fantastic atmosphere and a good time was had by all. A huge thanks has to go to all of the many volunteers who helped in the planning, preparation and clear up afterwards.