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Walk to end homelessness this weekend

The walk will begin following the Good Friday worship service at First United Church

Walk to end homelessness this weekend.

The walk will begin following the Good Friday worship service at First United Church, 721 Bernard Avenue.

The worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. and at approximately 11:30 walkers will depart on a 45-minute walk through the downtown with four stops. Participants will take turns carrying a cross, as a way of marking Jesus’ journey from Jerusalem to Calvary.

This year’s stops will include 455 Leon Avenue (Outreach Urban Health), 251 Leon (Gospel Mission), the Rainbow Crosswalk (intersection of Lawrence and Pandosy St.), and 442 Leon (Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society).

This is the first time the walk will include a stop at the rainbow crosswalk at Lawrence Avenue and Pandosy Street, which was completed in the summer of 2015. The crosswalk is intended to be a visual demonstration of the community’s spirit of inclusiveness.

At each stop, a brief reproach will be read and a prayer will be offered. The stops will symbolize ways we have failed in our relationships with aboriginal people, the LGBTQ community and in our relationship with the poor and marginalized. Prayers will be offered for agencies and people in our community that work to alleviate suffering.

For more information please contact Rev. Donald Schmidt or Cheryl Perry at First United Church by phoning 250-762-3311.