Maumee churches come together for Good Friday Way of the Cross event
This is the most important week of the year to many Christians around the world. It's called Holy Week, and it ends with Easter Sunday. Dozens of people from a number of Maumee churches got together for an event on this Good Friday. It's called the Community Way of the Cross.
Dozens of people walked the Stations of the Cross to honor the death and resurrection of Jesus. It's been bringing people together for decades. Jennifer Vasquez is the Director of Christian Education at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, "This day is a chance to reflect, to take time out of our busy schedules for God."
For more than 20 years, rain or shine, people have been coming together in Maumee for a community walk on Good Friday.
Clint Tolbert is the Senior Pastor at The First Presbyterian Church in Maumee, "We have more people come when the sun is out for sure, but there is a special reminder of the sacrifice Christ made for us when we walk through a few raindrops. This is nothing compared to what Jesus gave."
The Way of the Cross event includes prayer and song. It brings people together from a number of congregations in Maumee. The Reverend Dr. Paul Board is the Rector at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, "That's the best part of the church when all the denominations come together in a common purpose to remember the death of Jesus, and to remember his resurrection on Sunday."
There were people of all ages on the walk, including 12-year-old Emily Hoskins, "It's important for me to be here because it helps me understand why Jesus would die on a cross for me."
The group walked the Stations of the Cross, and the path led them by many of the churches taking part in the event, "It is a good way to show unity and that we really are all one in Christ . We can be together despite any small differences we may have, what's important is that we all worship the same God who died and rose again."