There are two walks of Witness in the area. Each year, to commemorate the first Good Friday, the churches of Birkenhead meet at the top of Grange Road, near the Salvation Army Citadel to walk the length of Grange road as witness of a unified group of Christians to the events of that day.

In advance of the event, various denominations select a leader whose responsibility it is to organise hymns, a reading and a prayer before setting off for a silent march to the second place of assembly in St John's square where the same formula is repeated before finally finishing in St. Werburgh's Square where the same pattern of a reading, prayers, hymns and a sign of peace is given. The singing is led by the Salvation Army band.

The walk of witness is not a protest at the commercialisation of Good Friday or any form of social protest but simply a witness by the Christian community. Those attending are asked to walk in silence between the assembly points, but inevitably there is a quiet acknowledgement of the clergy present, of fellow parishioners and friends and particularly of those Christians from other denominations who one has met at various ecumenical services through the years and especially at inter-denominational Lenten Study groups.

The whole witness takes little over an hour, brings before the mind the services to be held in more formal church settings over the Passion and Easter periods and brings the season to the attention of those who make no other Christian gesture over this season of the year.

Contact: V. Roper 0151 652 5009

The other Walk of Witness takes place on the Woodchurch Estate when members of the Holy Cross Church of England and Methodist join with the parishioners of St Michael and All Angels on a route through the heart of the Estate. The walk is followed by a joint act of worship. Check St Michael and All Angels website during Lent for times and meeting places.