GALLERY: Comet country churches mark Easter

CHURCHES in Comet country celebrated one of the most prominent dates in the Christian calendar by holding special Easter services at the weekend.

Blessed with good weather, congregations from Hitchin, Stevenage, Letchworth GC and Baldock held services in their respective towns to mark the occasion.

An estimated 750 people turned up at the Hitchin Churches Together service, held on Good Friday.

Members met in Bancroft Gardens for prayer, then walked along Bancroft and High Street with the cross for an 11am open air service in Market Place.

The service was made up of music and readings, with an address by Rev Jane Mainwaring.

Congregations from Stevenage also met on Good Friday for a service at Holy Trinity, followed by a silent walk behind the cross along the High Street to Bowling Green.

Eight churches in the Stevenage area have also celebrated by erecting large white wooden crosses, which were decorated on Easter Sunday to celebrate the resurrection.

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The Letchworth GC Good Friday walk congregated at Broadway Gardens, before following the cross along Eastcheap to Leys square, where 350 attended the service held there.

Although the walk has taken place in the town for a number of years, this year was the first under the Churches Together banner.

On Saturday, members of Baldock churches celebrated by putting on a performance outside the High Street’s Tesco.

It featured songs in a variety of styles, from traditional hymns, to rock and pop.