Around 100 excited members of Willesden church made their presence known to the community by marching towards Willesden Green Library Centre to hold a short service on Saturday April 7. The aim of the march was to evangelise to the community and to let them know that the church is there for them.
Leading was the Pathfinders’ drum corp who had a pied-piper effect, as curious onlookers came out of their shops, strained their necks in theirs cars, or momentarily stopped in their tracks to find out what all the noise was about.
The public were largely receptive, some recorded the procession on their phones, others clapped and danced to the beat and some accepted literature, reading on the spot. Dave, from Harlesden, went back to the church with the group. He enthused, “The whole event has brightened up the community. It was very good. The word from the pastor, the singing- it was all excellent.”
Oksana Thomas, 17, was one of the Pathfinders marching behind the band. She commented, “I think it’s a good thing for the community that they are aware of our church and about God. The parade also shows young people getting involved and it shows discipline, because not all young people wear hoods and carry knives.”
Pastor Des Boldeau then gave a short message on arriving at the library. In light of the Easter weekend, he proclaimed that ‘Jesus is alive’, and explained that Jesus promises to give us life abundantly. Marlene Simpson-Thomas, Willesden resident, said: “An event like this has been well overdue. As a local resident, and a member of the church, I hope this is one of many, and not just a day we fondly remember as April 7, 2012.”
Justin Francis-McLeish, 14, said: “What this has shown me is that it doesn’t matter how old or young you are, you can still praise God.” And the good news? Willesden church have plans to do the march again next year, but on a bigger scale.