Passion play marks the start of Easter

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A MINI Passion play will take place in Morpeth as churches join together for a Good Friday service.

Several Christian denominations will share in the half-hour service to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

It will begin with a dramatisation of the arrest of Jesus, at St James’s Church in Copper Chare at 11.30am, before a procession to the Market Place led by the Salvation Army, where the story will continue with drama and music.

Parishioners from St Mary Magdalene Church in Mitford will also be taking part and the Catholic Women’s League is preparing tea, coffee and hot cross buns. Cards will be distributed with details of Easter Sunday services to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

Minister Mike Willis, from the New Life Christian Centre, said: “This is about all the churches coming together. It is the first time that right across the board everyone is taking part.

“We are doing something in a different way to break people’s perceptions of what the church is about and challenge people’s thoughts. It is good that we are all doing this together.”

Easter Sunday services

Morpeth Baptist Church: meeting at Abbeyfields First School, Abbots Way: 10.15am Easter renew, 10.45am Easter praise and communion.

Morpeth Methodist Church: 8am reflective service, 9am Easter morning breakfast, 10am family service.

NewLife Christian Centre: 10.30am Easter celebration.

St George’s United Reformed Church: 10.30am Easter Day communion.

Morpeth Parish Church, St Aidan’s Church: 10am Holy Communion.

St Mary’s Church: 10am sung Eucharist.

St James’s Church: 10am sung Eucharist.

St Robert’s RC Church: Saturday, 8.30pm Easter Vigil; Sunday, 9am Easter Mass, 11am Easter Mass.

St Cuthbert’s, Hebron: 9.30am Holy Communion.

St Mary Magdalene, Mitford: 8.30am Holy Communion, 10.30am Holy Communion, 6pm evening prayer.