Churches to host Easter cross walks

Posted 4/17/19

It is time once again time for the annual Easter events in the community, and there are two "cross walks" scheduled by local churches and their congregations this weekend. The feature event is …

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Churches to host Easter cross walks


It is time once again time for the annual Easter events in the community, and there are two "cross walks" scheduled by local churches and their congregations this weekend. 

The feature event is the  12th annual journey by members of Cleveland's Covenant Baptist Church, which will begin in the parking lot of The Village Green at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and proceed to Farmland Corner near Bradley Square Mall.

This march will be preceded by the congregation of Revolution Life Church at  10 a.m. Friday.

This first walk will begin at the church, at 1525 Jones Ave., proceed east to Inman Street, then left onto North Ocoee, turn left at 25th Street to Keith Street, then turn left  again, back south to the church.

Shannan Traylor, wife of Pastor Anthony Traylor, said this is the second year for their cross walk.

"We had a cross walk at our previous church in Clarksville, and thought we'd start one here," she said. "We wanted to make Jesus famous again, and we want to invite other churches, and their members, to join us."

Saturday's cross walk of a dozen years by Covenant Baptist will be accompanied by vehicles of the Bradley County Sheriff's Office, to guarantee safety from passing traffic and at intersections. Covenant Baptist Pastor Gary Higgins, said Bradley County deputy Mario Santos is expected to once again assist the congregation, as he has for a number of years.

Higgins added that the Eastertime event is a favorite time of the year for his church's congregation, especially for the youth ministry.

He also said friends and other residents of the Cleveland/Bradley County community are welcomed to join the church's congregation on the walk.

Higgins said they are hoping some other churches in the community will participate this year, to impact the success of the walk. The invitation also goes out to Revolution Life Church, for it's congregation to continue Friday's walk with Covenant Baptist on Saturday.

There are usually 80 to 100 participants, but this year could be the biggest and best turnout yet.

There will be volunteers along the route, who will be providing the walkers with water and snacks.

The Easter Walk began 12 years ago, and church members previously walked from the old Cleveland Speedway to Farmland Corner. "That first incline, up from the Speedway, became a little too much, especially for our elderly members, so we moved the starting-point to The Village Green," said Pastor Higgins.

Higgins also said, "This is a way we can show the community what Easter is all about. It's a way to magnify the Lord."


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