Covenant, Revolution Life churches make Cross Walks

12th annual walk designed to ‘carry the cross of Christ’

By CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
Posted 4/21/19

Congregants of Covenant Baptist Church walked in the proverbial footsteps of Jesus Christ during the church’s 12th annual Cross Walk on Saturday. 

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Covenant, Revolution Life churches make Cross Walks

12th annual walk designed to ‘carry the cross of Christ’

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Congregants of Covenant Baptist Church walked in the proverbial footsteps of Jesus Christ during the church’s 12th annual Cross Walk on Saturday. 

Despite the threat of rain, dozens from the Cleveland church made a nearly 4-mile trek down Keith Street. The church is located at 249 Calhoun Road, but they chose to meet at the Village Green shopping center and to walk to Farmland Corner. 

The church group carried three wooden crosses and signs in a show of Easter remembrance, waving to passing motorists as they went. 

“It’s the least we could do for what Christ did for us,” said member Lori Blackwell. “One year, it started a conversation about the crosses … that led to someone getting saved. We hope that continues as people see us.” 

This is a tradition which has endured under the leadership of Pastor Gary Higgins ever since the Covenant Baptist youth started it back in 2008. 

Those who attended a youth conference were reportedly challenged with the question of whether or not they would “carry the cross of Christ.” They decided to take that literally and carry crosses to spark conversation in the community. 

The walkers received a Bradley County Sheriff’s Office escort as they took over the shoulders and sidewalks of Keith Street. Though their walk slowed traffic, they were greeted by many friendly waves and honks from those passing by. 

While this annual walk does draw its fair share of attention, members of the group said their main goal was to instead draw attention to their faith.

“It’s not just for them to see what we did, but what Christ did,” said member Michelle Blackwell. 

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