Walk With the Cross

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On a beautiful Good Friday, over 200 believers gathered at the Mint Hill Baptist Church for the annual Walk With the Cross. Now in its 13th year, the walk is a collaboration of six Mint Hill area churches: Mint Hill Baptist, Blair Road Methodist, Wilson Grove Baptist, Hope Community Fellowship, Arlington Baptist, and Mint Hill Community. Mint Hill Baptist member Kim Horne said, “It’s a wonderful rememberance of what Jesus did for us. It’s the reason we celebrate. We want people to be reminded that it’s not just about an Easter egg hunt.”

 Chris Cochran and Sam McCall began the walk
[/media-credit] Chris Cochran and Sam McCall began the walk


The event started with the Mint Hill Baptist Church choir offering hymns, followed by Pastor Dave Scott of Mint Hill Baptist giving a few words of welcome and an invocation. When asked what this means to him, Pastor Scott said, “This is what we all have in common. This is what brings us together as one church.”

Pastor Dave Scott gives words of welcome.
Pastor Dave Scott gives words of welcome.

The cross was lifted and the procession headed west on Mint Hill Matthews Road, stopping at several intervals to hear the Gospel, sing, and pray. Participant Mary Gleason said, “How wonderful that’s we live in a country where we are allowed to display our faith so openly.” As the group continued on, people along the way often joined in.

Participating pastors
[/media-credit] Participating pastors

Congregation members shared the carrying of the cross, some as individuals, some as couples, and even a few families participated.
Pastor Dave Scott said, “This is a celebration of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. . . a testimony to what Jesus has done in our lives, and the hope He wants to offer the people of Mint Hill.”

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Kathy Shepler
I was an English professor at The University of Akron, Ohio before retiring and moving to Charlotte last year. My undergraduate degree is in journalism and my masters in education. Along with writing for The Mint Hill Times, I tutor in English and do book editing. I live in Mint Hill with my husband and am involved in a number community activities.