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Churches lead Good Friday “walk of witness” through Barry

Hundreds of people are expected to join the two-mile “walk of witness” through the streets of Barry on Good Friday (April 14) to mark Christ’s journey to the cross.

They will follow a 10ft wooden cross and stop at four points of prayer and hear readings from the Bible about Christ’s crucifixion. The walk, which is in its sixth year, is organised by the Churches of Barry, made up of 11 of the town’s churches of various denominations.

Organiser Father Robert Parrish, Rector of Merthyr Dyfan parish said everyone was invited along to all or part of the walk, which starts at a park in west Barry and ends in King’s Square in the centre of the town.

“We found that the first Walk of Witness re-ignited ecumenical relations in Barry. As a result of the Walk ‘COB’ – Churches of Barry – was set up, which meets regularly, and has led to other ecumenical ventures such as the Barry Nativity Play,” said Father Parrish.

He said the final station in King’s Square involved a dramatic reading of St Mark’s account of the crucifixion – with various people reading the various parts. Thirty-three red balloons will be released, which signify Jesus’ age.

The walk will begin at Parade Gardens at noon and end with the service in King’s Square which will start at about 1.15pm. There will be three stops along the way – Barry  Railway Station, the forecourt of AG Adams funeral home 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,” said Father Parrish.

“It creates a great atmosphere and good fellowship between Christians as it brings people together from the majority of the churches in Barry.”

The cross which will be carried through the streets was made by students at Barry College,