Easter worshippers gather near the crosses at Coleyville after the Good Friday service.
Easter worshippers gather near the crosses at Coleyville after the Good Friday service. Claudia Baxter

Pilgrimage to the crosses

ABOUT 700 adults and children from many different churches worshipped together at the traditional Crosses on the Hill service at Coleyville yesterday.

The Combined Churches Good Friday committee chairman Bill Catlow said the 15th annual Easter event had been "tremendous".

"This service is breaking down the barriers of denominations. It's a special day in the Christian calendar," Mr Catlow said.

"Every year we're increasing in people. Our family is growing.

"On the committee we've got the Lutheran church, the Church of Christ, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist and I'm a Congregationalist.

"We had people at the service from the Roman Catholic church.

"The men's choir from the Brassall Congregational Church were tremendous."

Harrisville Adventist Church member Loretta Uprichard has attended the Coleyville service for the past three or four years.

"It's different from a lot of services," she said. "It's out in the country, and has a view.

"The day was beautiful with a breeze blowing through the tent."

Guest speaker at the Crosses on the Hill, Dr Gordon Moyes, will address the topic Finding a Central Reference Point at Harrisville School of Arts, Queen St, at an Easter Saturday breakfast today from 7am.

He will also speak on Easter Sunday at 6.30pm at the Congregational Church, Jellicoe St, Brassall.



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