Church members gather for annual Cross Walk

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By Maddie Rowley | 315-4353 | @maddiedestinlog |

DESTIN — Members of area churches gathered at Morgan Sports Center on Good Friday for the annual Cross Walk.

The ecumenical event was open to everyone who wanted to walk the 14 Stations of the Cross in honor of Jesus’ crucifixion.

Jason Belcher, a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Fort Walton Beach who has organized the event for six years, looks forward to Cross Walk every year.

He built a 12-foot-tall cross out of cedar that he brings for people to take turns carrying down Commons Drive. The cross weighs about 25 pounds.

“Today is a great example of Christians unifying together as a testament to our faith,” Belcher said. “It’s an amazing day. It’s like a glimpse of heaven.”

Destin City Councilman Skip Overdier was the first volunteer to carry the cross to Station One.

At each station, the group read a scripture passage before giving the cross to a new volunteer.

“This is my first time doing the Cross Walk,” Gregg Hall said. “It’s important to celebrate Christ’s resurrection and to participate in an event that brings churches together, and that’s something we really need in Destin.”

Members from Safe Harbor Presbyterian, Cornerstone Presbyterian, Westminster Presbyterian, Destin United Methodist and First Baptist Church were represented at the Cross Walk.

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