YOUNGSTOWN - A group of area churches will mark Good Friday with a ''Meet Me at the Cross'' celebration at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown
The celebration will be 6 p.m. April 14 and will feature a community-wide worship team and choir and a community-wide children's choir. Bishop Joseph Garlington, a leader of the "Promise Keepers" movement and Pastor of Covenant Church of Pittsburgh, will be the guest speaker.
Kingdom Arise, in partnership with NOW Youngstown and churches throughout the Mahoning Valley, recently announced the celebration at the center.
Garlington pastors a multiracial and cross-cultural community, which he founded in 1971, of more than 3,000 members.
Local pastors from Kingdom Arise and NOW Youngstown gathered this week for a news conference. They said they hope to unify churches around the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
Pastor Jere Beulah, associate pastor at Victory Christian Center in Coitsville, said churches, ministries, clergy and guests will gather to celebrate the passionate and compassionate love of Jesus Christ that was demonstrated in his crucifixion.
Organizers said the event will help unify the churches of the area around the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.
"In a social atmosphere of increased interpersonal tension, we believe that the message of the cross provides the pathway to the reconciliation desperately needed in our community and our nation," Beulah said. "The message of forgiveness demonstrated on the cross has the potential to remedy the racial, political and cultural strife that is devastating our nation."
For information, visit meetmeatthecross.us.