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Witness Walk repeats Good Friday tradition in Erwin

Sue Guinn Legg • Mar 31, 2018 at 12:38 AM

ERWIN — Rain fell and a cold wind blew in downtown Erwin Friday morning as a crowd of more than 100 faithful marched through town bearing a cross to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ.

Undeterred by the weather, participants in the Unicoi County Ministerial Association’s 18th annual Witness Walk somberly proceeded from the Food Lion store on North Main Avenue through downtown to Centenary United Methodist Church on Elm Street.

At stops along the way, Erwin area ministers led prayers and gave short devotions on the words Christ spoke from the cross.

As the devotion at the county courthouse ended, children and young people eagerly stepped forward and reached up to take their turn carrying the cross for the final leg of the procession to the church.

Erwin Kiwanis Club members met the procession at the church and  following their final devotion and prayer in the churchyard welcomed them inside for the club’s annual Good Friday Service 

Special music for the service was provided by the Kiwanis Club Chorus and soloists Gary Amos and Larry Pate.

Club member Bill Gaines shared his testimony and the service concluded with the congregations rendition of the traditional hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”

The short noontime service was followed by a dinner provided by Erwin area Churches.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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