Cross Walk 2019

For forty-four years, the youth of Trinity Moravian have held a Cross Walk on Good Friday.  A full-size cross is carried in solemn and prayerful silence through downtown Winston-Salem, concluding at Salem Square with a liturgy of confession recalling Christ’s crucifixion.

Where To Gather

As we have for the last several years, the Cross Walk will start at LOAVES & FISHES, 657 West 5th Street, the Building across the street from the Downtown Library.  Parking is available in the Centenary UMC lot next to Loaves & Fishes,. Please arrive between 10:30 am and 11:00 am.  The Walk will begin at 11:00 promptly.  The route is about 1.4 miles in length.  We walk slowly so that the walk will take 40 minutes or more; because of our alternate route to accommodate I-40 construction, it may be a little longer.  We conclude at Salem Square, where Walkers will be greeted by a Moravian Band, and together we will join in a Good Friday Liturgy of Confession.

Visit the Cross Walk page to see the alternate route map!

 We usually have between 6-8 people carrying the cross together at any time.  Everyone who wishes to take a turn will have a turn.  This is not a “reenactment,” but a meditational prayer experience and silent witness.
ALL ARE WELCOME.  We often have babies in strollers, walkers with dogs (MUST BE ON LEASH!), and even folks in wheelchairs.  Those who do not feel that they can physically do the mile walk are welcome to join us at the end at Salem Square – and in fact we often have quite a crowd waiting there when we arrive!  Walkers are advised to bring some bottled water, sunscreen, and hats!  We will be escorted by two Winston-Salem Police Officers who will supervise street crossings.  A church bus will be available to shuttle Walkers back to the parking lot on 5th Street after the Walk is concluded.

Last year, we had a record number turn out, with over 250 Walkers.  This year we are hoping to have an even larger number!

It is hard to describe the experience of the Cross Walk.  Like many of the best Moravian worship traditions, it is experiential in nature.  Each year more and more people from different walks of life join us for this solemn procession.  Children, teens, grandparents, recovering addicts, ex-convicts, bishops, and ministers take turns carrying the weight of the Cross.  The silent, reverent procession is a time of personal prayer and reflection.  Each person takes something different away from the experience.

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