Reed City, Evart to hold Good Friday events

In celebration of Good Friday on April 6, community members in Reed City and Evart will come together for joint activities to remember the Passion of Jesus across congregational lines.

REED CITY

Community members will gather for the annual Cross Walk on Friday, April 6. The walk will begin at the Reed City Depot at noon and walkers will carry a wooden cross, stopping at various locations in the city including the Osceola County courthouse, G.T. Norman Elementary and First Congregational Church. The walk will end at the Woodland Cemetery. Passages of scripture detailing the life of Jesus during the week before his crucifixion will be read at each location. The walk is in its sixth year and organizers expect it to take around 45 minutes.

Pastor Chris DeMott of the Reed City Church of the Nazarene said the event will serve as a unifying time for church and community members.

“Not often do we get together across denominational lines. It’s nice to be reminded how large the universal church is,” he said.

Though churches choose to worship differently, the story of Jesus Christ is the reason they all exist, and DeMott hopes the event will catch the attention of community members.

“It’s an opportunity to display the love of Christ. We hope that its a nice witness for the community to see this is the reason we gather.”

Churches involved directly in the event are the Reed City Church of the Nazarene, Reed City and Hersey United Methodist Churches, St. Philip Neri Catholic Parish, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and Hersey Congregational Church; all other local church and community members are invited to attend.

EVART

A community-wide Good Friday service will be held at noon on Friday, April 6 at the Evart Free Methodist Church.

Local pastors Layton Dutton of Calvary Baptist, Dan Johnson of Crossroads Community Church and Jill Bevin will deliver short devotional messages about the life and crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The service also will include worship and communion. Community members of all denominations are invited to attend.