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Crossing the road… Easter walk in Upper Street

21 April, 2017 — By Steve Barnett

HUNDREDS of people lined the streets of Islington on Good Friday to watch and take part in the annual dramatic re-enactment of the walk by Jesus to Calvary, the site of his crucifixion.

Christians from several Islington churches came together at the Angel Central shopping centre, where Reverend Karen Stallard, minister at Union Chapel, played guitar and sang, while Reverend John Beauchamp, vicar of St Stephen’s Canonbury, played flute and gave an address.

The crowd then took part in a half-mile procession behind the cross to St Mary’s Church in Upper Street, where Pastor Girma Bishaw of Ethiopian Christian Fellowship preached.

Reverend Simon Harvey, who led the worship at St Mary’s, said: “When Islington’s Christians get together on Good Friday we don’t do so as Catholics, Baptists, Anglicans or Pentecostals. We join together simply as people who follow Jesus Christ.

“Carrying a large wooden cross on a busy shopping street turns lots of heads. People are surprised and I guess it could feel a bit intrusive. But I feel that’s a good thing. Jesus didn’t just die for religious people. He came for the whole world.”

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