WORSHIPPERS at two Bognor Regis churches put the Christ into Christmas.
Some 70 congregation members of Our Lady of Sorrows Church and the town’s Methodist Church united for a walk of witness in the town centre.
They sang carols as they walked behind Joseph, played by Marcus Alvarez-Wisby, ten, and Mary, portrayed by Emilia Vont, nine, and two donkeys, Rusty and Ollie, from Hayling Island Donkeys.
The walk’s organiser, Hazel Denman, said: “It’s an opportunity for Christians of all denominations in Bognor Regis to come together.
“It’s very similar to our Easter walk of witness. It is the second time we have held the walk at Christmas following the success of the one last year.”
The walkers began at Our Lady of Sorrows in Clarence Road just after 3pm on Friday and walked along the High Street to the Methodist Church on the corner of Waterloo Square.
Among the carols they sang were Once in Royal David’s City and While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night.
It was the second time Marcus, who attends St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, had portrayed Joseph.
His mother, Rosie Alvarez-Wisby, said: “He was Joseph last year. He enjoyed it and that’s why he wanted to do it again.”
The walk was followed by a service of celebration at the Methodist church and refreshments.