For a fourth year, members of four Antrim Churches will take part in a Walk of Witness through the town on Good Friday, March 21.
The walk begins in Greystone Methodist Church and then visits All Saints’ Parish, St Comgall’s and finishes in High Street Presbyterian. More than 300 people have taken part in each of the previous three years.
In each church, the clergy will lead a short service of a scripture reading based on Christ’s crucifixion as recounted in St Mark's gospel, a hymn and a prayer. The people will meet at High Street Church at 11.30am and get bussed to Greystone Methodist Church where the first service will begin at 12.00 noon.
The Walk then proceeds to All Saints for a 12.45pm service, before moving to St Comgall's for 1.15pm, with the final service in High Street Presbyterian at 1.45pm. This will be followed by refreshments.
In the last two years participants have been joined by Councillor Drew Ritchie (UUP) and Councillor Sam Dunlop (DUP) when they held the position of Mayor and it is hoped that Councillor Adrian Cochrane-Watson (UUP), the present Mayor of Antrim, will be able to join the Walk this year.
The Ven Stephen McBride, Vicar of Antrim, said: “As clergy we have been trying to hold events which can show the community, which was statistically one of Northern Ireland's most sectarian, that our churches are able to co-operate together in harmony.
“Over the past two years, in conjunction with the NEELB Music Department and Antrim Borough Council, we have hosted Christmas Carol Concerts in the Antrim Forum. We are also in the early stages of planning possible services in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and a joint Alpha course.”
Archeacon McBride and the Rev Jack Moore have preached at recent Novena Services in St Comgall's and were warmly received by the parishioners of Father Tony Devlin.