Glenda Dingler had planned the first annual Mooresville Community Cross Walk for years, and on April 3 – Good Friday – she watched as the sanctuary at Central United Methodist Church filled with walkers.
Dingler, a member of Fair View United Methodist Church in Mooresville, and her husband, Glen Piper, invited local churches to attend and participate in hopes of bringing the faith community together to reflect on the crucifixion of Jesus.
According to the Christian faith, Good Friday is the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. The Cross Walk included the 14 Stations of the Cross, representing the 14 incidents that happened from the time that Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to his crucifixion and burial.
About 300 people of many denominations were gathered when Central United’s pastor, the Rev. Randy Sherrill, started with the first station, the Garden of Gesthsemane.
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The Fair View Praise Band, from Fair View UMC, led the worshippers in singing hymns as the first six stations were observed in the church.
With the help of Jeremy Coleman and his son, Evan Harrington, 9, Danny Harrington was the first to carry the cross out of the sanctuary and onto North Academy Street. The crowd quietly followed them out of the church and down the street.
At each station, one of the walkers read a scripture describing the incident.
After the Rev. Dave Rockness, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, gave the reading at the third stop, in the First Presbyterian Church parking lot, the children were asked to come forward to help carry the cross to the next station.
Jaden Roark, 10, led the group, taking the top of the cross between Fair View UMC members Adonest Dean and Eddie Brotherton as they headed back onto Broad Street.
The walk continued until the group reached Southside Baptist Church, where the cross was put into a pick-up truck and the group followed in their vehicles for the last two stations at Fair View.
Dingler, who has already started organizing for next year, said, “I was hoping for 200 people; 300 is far more than what I expected and next year will be even bigger.”
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