NEWS AND TRIBUNE
NEW ALBANY —
This Good Friday, you might see a group of people carrying a symbolic cross up and down Charlestown Road during your drive home from work.
Members of Trinity United Methodist Church have walked with the cross for the last two years in remembrance of Christ’s bearing his cross to Calvary to suffer crucifixion. Good Friday, the day remembering that our Lord paid the price for all of our sins, is a most holy day to reflect on the depth of God’s love for each us individually.
Though Trinity UMC sponsors the walk, it welcomes all believers and seekers to join them anywhere along the one-mile walk beginning at Trinity United Methodist Church at 4 p.m., April 18. “This is not our cross walk, it doesn’t belong to any religion or church. It was Christ’s walk to his death for us that we must never forget,” said Trinity member Chris Conte who organized the first walk, in a release.
Usually, a small dedicated group, they will stop along the way to reflect on Jesus life and death and resurrection as well as pray. Lasting approximately an hour and a half, the distance covered is approximately one mile from start to finish. People are encouraged to walk as little or as much as they are able, or even to just pray with the group at the beginning gathering.
“On the first walk, we didn’t know what to expect,” Conte said. “We took turns carrying the cross, not nearly as big or heavy as the life-size one, while a sign was carried in back telling passersby who we were. A young woman from a nearby apartment saw us and ran across the busy street to thank us for being a visible reminder that God is still present among us. She was anxious over an upcoming deployment with her Army unit to Afghanistan. A couple of members from our group were able to briefly stay behind and pray with her. One wonders if you’re making a difference — but if only for that one woman, we were blessed to have made a difference.”
Conte said most of the reaction to group receives is positive.
“It’s surprising at the number of people who show support with a simple beep of the horn, or they’ll flash a thumbs up sign or wave,” he said.
Trinity United Methodist Church will host Easter services at 9 a.m. for traditional worship, and at 11:15 a.m. for contemporary worship.