Easter prayer cross will go up April 8 at downtown church

Published 3:00 pm Thursday, March 31, 2022

BY ROZELLA HARDIN
Editorial Director
rozella.hardin@elizabethton.com
Several churches in downtown Elizabethton will once again join together to pray and take prayer requests from members of the community.
“We did this last year and it was such a wonderful experience, we will be doing it again this Easter,” said Michele Royce of Redstone Church, one of the sponsoring churches.
The church will put up a prayer cross from Friday, April 8, through Friday, April 15. The prayer cross will be located in front of Elizabethton Alliance Church, 533 E. Elk Ave. All are welcome to come and write their requests down and place them on the cross. The cross is covered with a small mesh wire, and the prayer requests can be rolled up and placed in the wire on the cross.
“All prayer requests will be prayed for and multiple prayer requests are welcome,” said Royce.
Churches participating include Redstone Church, which has weekly Sunday services at the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton, Elizabethton Alliance Church, First Baptist Church of Elizabethton, Harvest Baptist Church, and First United Methodist Church.
“We did this for the first time last year. We had heard about another town doing this, but using a tree for people to attach their prayer requests to. It’s a great way to connect with the community and a way to work together with other churches and across denominational lines,” said Royce.
On Saturday before Easter, there will be a prayer walk. “Also, we will take the names off the cross and divide them among the participating churches to pray for. Also, those who leave prayer requests can leave a telephone number for follow-up,” said Royce.
Royce added the prayer cross is especially good for individuals who have prayer needs, but do not have a local church. “Prayer is really important and very special when there is a need, especially cooperative prayer.”
She has received a lot of help with the prayer cross. “Frankie at The Coffee Company and Robin Folse at First United Methodist Church have been very involved with the prayer cross,” Royce shared.
“The cross and prayer makes us what we are, and as Christians, praying for each other’s needs is one way to reach out to those hurting in our community and to be Christlike,” said Royce.

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