More than 1,000 volunteers at the Charlotte send-off for the shoe boxes. This year, the program – sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, a Boone-based Christian charity headed by Graham – is expected to get shoe boxes to 12 million children around the world. About 2.6 million of those boxes will go through the Charlotte processing center.
Christians mark Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday. In many churches, such as Charlotte's St. Gabriel Catholic Church, worshipers do so by praying at the stations of the cross. A somber procession led by a cross-bearer re-traces Jesus' path to Calvary. The stations include 14 plaques or pictures depicting Jesus' Passion, from his condemnation by Pilate to the burial in a tomb. St Gabriel also held The Veneration of the Cross service, where parishioners file up to the front to kiss the feet of Jesus on a large cross. On Sunday, despair will give way to joy, when Christians celebrate Jesus' rising from the dead on Easter.
Rev. Nathan Arledge, 33, Minister of Missions at Myers Park United Methodist Church, offered the imposition of ashes and a brief prayer from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. outside of Caribou Coffee at Park Road Shopping Center.
Martha and Preston Taylor started a program called Feeding the Children, which cooks and delivers lunches to elementary school children in need during winter and spring break. They helped volunteers cook,assemble and bag meals in the kitchen at First United Methodist Church Belmont, before volunteers delivered them.
Forest Hill Church in Charlotte has gone viral with a holiday video on gratitude, which has been viewed 20.5 million times worldwide since its release the first week of December. It features church members and staff.
Saturday was a busy day at The Little Church on the Lane. The church held four services in the Moravian tradition celebrating the birth of Jesus with a feast of sweet buns and coffee or cocoa for the children and then a candlelight service.