For five years, Glenda Dingler of Mooresville has dreamed of holding a walk commemorating Christ’s journey to his crucifixion, and on Friday, her dream will come true with the first Mooresville Community Cross Walk.
“I wanted to do something that would bring the faith community together,” Dingler said, “something that would involve all the churches. Good Friday and Easter Sunday probably are the most sacred holidays of Christians and believers. Churches all over the world participate in the Cross Walk.”
Dingler and her husband, Glenn Piper, have worked with committees at their church, Fair View United Methodist, which is sponsoring the walk. “We’ve gone to other churches and presented the idea of a congregation of believers getting together for a few hours on Good Friday,” Piper said.
She calls the event “a walking devotional.” It commemorates the Via Dolorosa, the sorrowful route Christ followed the day he was crucified. Volunteers will carry a cross built from timbers.
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After parking at Southside Baptist Church on Broad Street in Mooresville, participants will ride buses to Central UMC on Academy Street for a short service. Then walkers will follow a course along Broad Street back to Southside and head to Fairview United Methodist Church.
Along the way, participants will observe the 14 Stations of the Cross. At each stop, ministers will read scripture and pray.
Since Fair View UMC is in Mount Mourne and not in downtown Mooresville, logistics could have been a problem, but Dingler and Piper found a solution. When walkers arrive at Southside Baptist, they’ll return to their cars and drive to Fair View.
“Highway 115 is too dangerous for a walk. We will transport the cross to Fair View in a truck,” Piper said.
Walkers will observe the last two stations at Fair View, place the cross in the church’s cemetery and eat lunch. Many people fast or refrain from eating meat on Good Friday, so the meal will be simple, just a sandwich, chips and a drink.
“The walk covers about 2 miles, and people don’t have to give up an entire day to do this,” Piper said.
There is no registration and no charge for the family event. Dingler and Piper believe this is a great opportunity to involve young people and discuss the significance of Easter.
The two, both 64, are an enthusiastic team and active in their church.
For Dingler, this event is t a time for churches and believers to come together.
“Everything has fallen into place. Working on the community walk has not been a burden. It has been a joy for me,” Dingler said.
Piper nodded in agreement.
“Our church hierarchy always reminds us to get outside our walls and get out into the community.
“When you present an idea to someone and you don’t have to sell it, that makes you feel good,” he said.
Sandra Phillips is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Sandra? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to go?
Park at Southside Baptist Church before 9:45 a.m. on Friday and ride a shuttle to Central UMC. The walk will last from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Children younger than 5 should be in a stroller or wagon. People who are unable to walk can ride in a bus. T-shirts to commemorate the walk will be available for $10.