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A Local Youth Group Honors Good Friday Through A Cross Walk
Reported by: Ashley Smith
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Web Producer: Ashley Smith
Also Contributing: John Tincher & Brad Rice
Reported: Apr. 6, 2012 5:41 PM EDT
Updated: Apr. 6, 2012 5:46 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Most of us know the story of Easter.. Jesus died on a cross and three days later he rose from the dead. A local youth group is trying to experience the pain Jesus felt leading up to his death.
“It's really about Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins,” said one of the youth group members Ellie Thomas.
The Southeast Church of the Nazarene walked the more than two miles from the University of Charleston to their church on MacCorkle Avenue. Each person took a turn bearing the weight of the cross.
“The point of the cross walk is to feel exactly what he felt and what he went through. And although we'll never know exactly what he went through it was nice to experience that as a group,” said youth group member Courtney Thomas.
Along the route some drivers responded to the group and their message.
“One woman was like God bless You all and it made us feel so happy and so excited,” said Ellie Thomas.
Others recognized the Good Friday holiday at church.
“It brings to life what Jesus did for me, and it makes me humble,” said Lida Widdecombe.
At St. Marks United Methodist Church a midday service included hymns and scripture related to Jesus’ resurrection. Those in the congregation were able to hammer a nail into a piece of wood representing the cross.
“This is what God did for us, he gave his son so we might live in him. It's new life, it's the resurrection,” said Widdecombe.
And of course we can’t forget the Easter Bunny! Sunday is often celebrated through candy, chocolate, and Easter eggs.
“We have everything that you could possibly need to fill your Easter basket!” said Holl’s Chocolate Store Manager Laura Ray.
Holl’s Chocolate at the Capitol Market in Charleston says sales benefit from the commercial side of the holiday.
So whether you spend the weekend indulging in chocolate bunnies, or worshipping at church.. Have a happy and safe Easter.
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