11th-annual Christ Walk set for Friday

SCENES FROM WALK — Participants in last year’s 10th-annual Christ Walk held on Good Friday assembled for a group photo. This year’s event begins at noon Friday at the Friendship Warming Room, 419 Logan St., Steubenville. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The 11th-annual Christ Walk, which has new churches participating and taking up the cross to follow Jesus, will get under way at noon on Friday at the Friendship Warming Room, 419 Logan St.

“Every year this ecumenical time of fellowship fosters unity between denominations, while at the same time magnifying one of the most important events in our Christian faith — the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” notes Amanda Thompson, event spokesperson.

The Friendship Warming Room is a private house of hospitality that has been serving the area poor since 2014 and was founded by Bill and Molly McGovern. Participants are encouraged to bring nonperishables or personal care item donations for it Friday.

The noon service there on Good Friday will be led by Pastor Chad Thompson of Faith Community Church, located at 1500 state Route 524, Bergholz. After the brief service, the 7-mile walk from Steubenville to Wintersville will begin.

This year’s walk will involve Homa Bay, Kenya, as well as “the Heaven on Earth Ministry team, who serves the orphaned and widows, took up their cross and contacted us with a heart of unity to share in one another’s prayers,” Thompson noted.

There are stops along the way, including Grace Lutheran Church at 2105 Sunset Blvd. and at Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd.

“Do not let the length of the walk scare you,” Thompson said. “You may join at any of the stopping points or take comfort knowing we will have a van following close by in case anyone needs assistance or a break.”

The walk ends at Crossroads Christian Church, 110 Springdale Ave., Wintersville, at about 4:30 p.m. with communion and worship. All ages and denominations are encouraged to attend although it is important that any children under age 18 have supervision and stay with the group for safety purposes.

New churches represented this year include Carrollton Fellowship of Believers youth group, Everett Mitchell of Tower of Power in Steubenville, Pastor Marvin Barner Jr. of Second Baptist Church in Steubenville, Pastor Imre Gulyas of Hope Christian Church in Steubenville and Pastor David Guess of Church of God in Amsterdam.

“I am truly humbled by all the people who have worked on this and have helped year after year to glorify our God in such a visual way,” Thomspon said.

Inquiries can be directed to Thompson at (740) 768-2835 or Diane Trifonoff at (740) 632-0131.