Church of England Diocese of Manchester St. John the Baptist, Roughtown

Whit Friday

The Friday after Pentecost is kept as a day of great celebration in Mossley. We join together with processions through the town, led by brass bands. School children having joined the processions take part in the afternoon games and activities. In the evening, the Mossley band competition takes place at the Market ground / St Joseph's School playground.

The next Whit Friday will be 14th June 2019.

A visitor in 2018, Br Jacob CR from the Community of the Resurrection at Mirfield, wrote this:

On Whit-Friday I joined the Vicar of Mossley and friends for a little walk (hike) around his parish. It was a wonderful event, and the people of Mossley are always very welcoming to visitors. The day began with the daily celebration of the Eucharist together at St George's Church.

It was a wonderful jamboree of mill-town life. My friends dressed up like Christmas trees for the occasion, as is their prerogative. The roads were closed, the traffic came to a halt, the people of the parish stood in the streets defiant of the weather, and the Church Militant trudged by. Mthr Penny and I were escorted around by the churchwardens with a large Brass Band alarmingly close behind. The logistics for such an event are not easy to organise, so thank you to everyone who made it possible for us to be there.

A local preacher started the parade by announcing that people could talk to him about Jesus. I don’t know if people talked to him, but Fr David, Mthr Penny, Buddy the Dog and I had good conversations with people throughout the day – the sort of conversation where you feel privileged by the encounters.

We celebrated the Eucharist together, joined in with the celebration, welcomed the opportunities for conversation and made time for people to tell their stories. So there you go: On Whit-Friday I joined Fr David and friends and we did the work of the Gospel. And don’t tell anyone, but I enjoyed every minute!

Jacob CR