Hundreds of people are expected to join the two-mile “walk of witness” through the streets of Barry on Good Friday (April 19th) to mark Christ’s journey to the cross.
We will follow a 10ft wooden cross and stop at five points of prayer and hear readings from the Bible about Christ’s crucifixion. The annual walk is organised by the Churches of Barry, made up of 11 of the town’s churches of various denominations.
It will begin at Knap Gardens at noon and end with a service in King’s Square which will start at about 1.30pm. There will be five stops along the way – beginning at the Knap Gardens, The Parade and then the railway station, the forecourt of AG Adams funeral home, outside the council offices and King’s Square.
The idea behind this walk is to take church out to the people – because we are walking through the streets – people will come up to us to watch, listen and join in. It is very successful in getting the Christian message out onto the streets in a visible way.
“We want to share the tremendous story of the death and resurrection of Jesus. The walk is based on the stations of the cross devotion, familiar to ancient and modern pilgrims to the Holy Land. Jesus encounters various characters on the way of the cross and on the walk we’re invited to have our own encounter with Christ.
“It creates a great atmosphere and good fellowship between Christians as it brings people together from the majority of the churches in Barry. We will be singing traditional and modern Good Friday hymns at some of the stations.”
The first ‘station of the cross’ will be at Knap Gardens and then the cross, made by students at Barry College, will then be carried up Ship Hill to the second station – the car park of Barry Railway Station. The walk will continue along Broad Street, up Priory Hill to the third station which is at the One Stop Store in Broad Street.
Those taking part will then process along Broad Street to AG Adams funeral home for the fourth station. Members of the relevant congregations will also give prayers and readings at the various stations.
The cross will then be taken up again along Holton Road through the shopping area to King’s Square for the final station. At the final reading – the story of the crucifixion will be read.