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.”
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.”
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.
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.”