Diocesan press releases

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 (March 30) 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 seventh year, is organised by the Churches of Barry, made up of most of the town’s churches of various denominations.

Organiser Father Robert Parrish, a Team Vicar in Barry, said everyone was invited along to all or part of the walk, which begins at Parade Gardens at noon and ends with a service in King’s Square around 1.30pm.

The service in King’s Square involves a dramatic reading of St Mark’s account of the crucifixion – with various people reading the various parts. There will be two stops in between – at Barry Railway Station, and at the forecourt of AG Adams funeral home.

“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” said Father Parrish.

“The idea behind this walk is to take church out to the people. As we are walking through the streets people 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.”

Picture shows previous Walk of Witness in Barry.