Palm Cross link with Redditch twinned Tanzanian Town

Something like this might appear in the local free newspapers. Here it is just in case it doesn’t!?

A church minister has described how he was pleasantly surprised to discover an unexpected link to one of Redditch’s twinned town. The connection came to light during preparations for Palm Sunday and Good Friday, important festivals in the Christian calendar.

Rev Stephen Levett, Minister of Emmanuel Church in the Town centre and current chair of the Redditch Churches Together group, revealed ‘It is a tradition to give crosses made from palm tree leaves to those attending church services on the Sunday before Easter. In addition in recent years we offer them as a gift to any of the public who wish to receive them during the annual Good Friday walk of witness, when people from the churches across Redditch join together for a guided walk around the town centre as a way of publically remembering the day Christians recall the death of Jesus.’

‘When we ordered the palm crosses, on opening the box we were amazed to find a paper indicating the route they had taken to reach the UK. This revealed they had been made in Tanzania before being taken to the nearby port of Mtwara for processing before starting their long journey to Redditch. The penny dropped that we were obtaining our crosses via one of Redditch’s twinned towns! It feels fitting that by sourcing the palm crosses we are contributing to the incomes of at least a few folk in and around one of the international towns with which we seek to be in relationship, and it helps to keep them in our minds.’

The Good Friday walk of witness this year is this Friday 19th April starting from the Baptist Church, Easmore Road at 10.30am. The route will take in the Bandstand, HOW College, the Market place, Town Hall and Kingfisher Centre, reaching the Church Green West War Memorial outside St Stephen’s around 11.30am. There will be stops along the way for readings and hymn singing, with the palm crosses from Mtwara and Hot Crossed buns offered to any who wish to receive them. Everyone is welcome to join in the walk.

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