Kingsbridge's churches join together to witness Good Friday

By Chris Derrick in Community News

Christians from seven different churches joined together on Good Friday to process through Kingsbridge and onwards to the Quay for an outdoor service.

The town’s Anglican churches – St Thomas of Canterbury, Dodbrooke; St Edmund King and Martyr and All Saint’s, West Alvington – joined together with Kingsbridge Methodist Church, Kingsbridge Family Church, the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church and the South Hams Christian fellowship for the procession through the town.

The walk began at Dodbrooke church, before heading down Duncombe Street to the methodist church, then onwards to St Edmund’s, the Catholic church and the family church before meeting on the Quay at midday for a service.

Father Adrian Tofolo, parish priest of the Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church said: “It’s a tradition in Kingsbridge and many places that Christians join together to make a public show that it is Good Friday - a very significant day in the Christian calendar.

“We started at Dodbrooke with about 20 people, and picked up people along the way, with more than 100 people joining us on the Quay for the service.

“Different people would take turns carrying the cross and at each church, we would stop to read passages from the Passion - focusing on Jesus Christ’s trial, his carrying of the cross and his execution.

“The Easter weekend is the climax of the Christian story - and we call it a walk of witness because we, as Christians, are witnessing the events of Good Friday.”

Father Tofolo added “We’re always thankful to the people who support us, including Dave the Crunchy Carrot for providing the loudspeaker system and all the people from the local churches.”

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