Participants carry the cross from St. John Catholic Church to St. Pauls United Church of Christ in Westmister during the annual Cross Walk Friday, March 25.
Alexa Hayman has been attending the Westminster Good Friday Cross Walk since she was little and has always helped carry the cross.
This year, Alexa, 14, didn't let a recent foot surgery stop her from participating. Despite being in a wheelchair, she wheeled her way through the mile between St. John's Roman Catholic Church and St. Paul's United Church of Christ, helping to carry the cross part of the way.
"I just really love it. And the experience of experiencing what Jesus went through is really meaningful," Alexa said.
Alexa was joined by about 150 people who were walking through Westminster while singing and carrying a large cross. The walk was meant to commemorate Jesus carrying the cross to the site of his crucifixion.
The walk began with readings of Psalm 2:2 and Mark 14 by Deacon Paul Cooke, of St. John's. The reading described when Jesus was condemned to death, the first station of the cross. In reflection, Cooke told the crowd that they were all responsible for their sins affecting Jesus and that they should try to not judge or label people, as a way to lessen the amount of sins they commit.
Alexa and Keira were assisted by two other adults and 9-year-old Josiah Walk. Josiah's siblings, Lydia, 7, and Benjamin, 6, also helped to carry the cross during the different sections of the walk.
"I had the part where both cross, so it was the heaviest part," Josiah said.
Josiah said he wanted to know what it was like for Jesus to carry the cross by experiencing part of the weight for himself. It was the first time for the three siblings to come to the cross walk, and all commented about the weight of the cross.
"I felt like my arms were going to fall off," Lydia said.
Feeling the actual weight of the cross helps people understand what Jesus did when he carried his own cross to the crucifixion spot, Keira said.