Rockford Urban Ministries’ annual Good Friday Walk for Justice

Rockford Urban Ministries’ annual Good Friday Walk for Justice begins at 9:00 a.m. on Good Friday, April 14.

The Walk starts from the parking lot of Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 412 N. Church Street.

THE WALK IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Rockford Urban Ministries’ annual Good Friday Walk for Justice will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Good Friday, April 14, from the parking lot of Emmanuel Episcopal Church at 412 N. Church Street. The walk is free and open to those who wish to walk and pray for the city.

“We will walk to 14 stations, where we will stop and pray” says Mr. Stanley Campbell, director of Rockford Urban Ministries. This will be the 31st year of the walk.

The 14 stations, or stops, go through downtown, “most representing the community’s attempt to help those less fortunate, such as Luther Center and the Public Library” says Mr. Campbell. “The stops have also included places that need improvement in the city’s compassion—such as the jail and a bank. We also pray for our leaders at the State and Federal buildings, for better communication through the media (at the newspaper building), and a special prayer at the bridge for east-west relations.”

The walk takes about an hour and 15 minutes. “At the first station, we honor Emmanuel Episcopal’s Shelter Care Ministries, which serves the special needs of the homeless,” says Mr. Campbell.  “Jesus wants us to help these, the least of His brethren. From there, we carry our 10-foot, 75 lb. wooden cross to the Rockford Mass Transit terminal and pray for the people who use our city’s transportation system.”

Last year, the Walk took an hour and 15 minutes. Average attendance is somewhere from 50 to as many as 100 people.
Call the sponsor, Rockford Urban Ministries:  815-964-711, with questions.