Good Friday event is set to be largest of its kind in Harborough’s long history

The Square in Market Harborough will be a hive of activity on Good Friday (tomorrow) to observe the religious Easter message.

The major event, which runs from 11am to 2pm, will include stalls, children’s activities, a prayer tent and, at 11.15am, a Good Friday service followed by a soup lunch.

It is being run by the Harborough Churches Together group and all are welcome.

The organisers believe it will probably be the biggest Easter event ever held on The Square.

Town church leaders, musicians and singers will be on a large open-sided lorry, provided by Harborough firm Stephen Sanderson Transport, for the service so everyone on The Square can see what is happening.

The crowd will be invited to sing well-known hymns, such as To God Be the Glory, and soloist Beth Hodgson will sing When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.

Hot-cross buns donated by the town’s Tesco supermarket will be given to people on The Square by the churches.

Stalls will feature caring initiatives associated with the town’s churches including The Bower House counselling service, Torch Trust for blind and partially-sighted people, Street Pastors, The Cube youth centre, Clockwise Credit Union, Jubilee Foodbank, Harborough Action for Justice and Peace, and Fairtrade group.

Families can have fun with crafts in the Activity Tent.

Anyone who would like to pray for themselves or something they are concerned about is invited to the Prayer Tent.

And from midday a simple lunch of soup, bread and cheese will be served with donations taken for the work of the Christian Aid charity.

The Rev James Shakespeare, chairman of the Churches Together group and who will lead the service, said: “The theme is ‘For God so loved the world’.

“We hope everyone will enjoy all that is happening and take a few moments to think about God’s amazing love for all of us, put into action in the town through the compassionate work done by the organisations with displays on The Square.”

On Sunday all of Market Harborough’s churches will also be holding special Easter services and everyone is welcome to attend.