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Ilkley’s cairns of remembrance and hope

Churches Together in Ilkley plan to mark Good Friday, 2nd April, with Cairns of 'Remembrance and Hope' at three churches across the town.

Cairns are monuments of rough stones which people create together outside. A cairn often marks a stage on a journey and is a chance to look back with thanks and look forward with hope.

A spokesperson for Churches Together in Ilkley said: “We usually mark Good Friday with a walk of witness around the town. That will not be possible this year because of the restrictions caused by the current pandemic.

“This year Good Friday will fall just over a year since the first national lockdown of our country began. So on Friday the 2nd April three churches in Ilkley are offering some space for people to give thanks to God and remember the Good Friday people in our lives; either those who have worked hard to help others during this year, or those whose lives have been lost and whose memories we cherish.

“Anyone can come and lay a stone as part of our Cairns of Remembrance and Hope. These could be plain or painted. When you lay a stone it can be a moment to say a prayer or hold someone in your heart.

“On Good Friday we remember the sacrifice of Jesus and reflect on God with us in all the pains of the world. We look forward with hope because of the signs of God’s love for us."

Anyone is welcome to lay a stone during the times below when the stewards will be on hand:

St John’s, Bolling Road, Ben Rhydding: 11am – 3pm

All Saints’, Church Street: 12 – 3pm

Christchurch, The Grove: 2 – 6pm

Look out for posters at churches with the logo “Cairns of remembrance and hope” as that means you can bring your stone there. St. Margaret’s church is also open for private prayer.

Social distancing and other covid guidelines will be followed and there will be no gathering.

The cairns are temporary and will be removed on the evening of April 2nd. Please note that you will not be able to get your stone back.


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