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Good Friday Walk 2017

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The next planning meeting is February 21, 2017 at RUMC.

Good Friday Walk Invitation Video  (created 2015)
2017 Good Friday Walk sponsor sheet
2017 Good Friday Walk Instructions
Good Friday Walk Map  (2017)
Good Friday Walk Video (2012)
Good Friday Walk Video (2015)

What: 20 Mile Charity walk
When: April 14, 2017
Where: Rockville United Methodist Church (see full map)
Who: Anyone can participated.  Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration: Registration starts at 7 am.  Each participant must collect a minimum of $20.  The walk begins at 7:30 am.
Donate Online: Click the paypal link on this page: donate online.

The Good Friday Walk is a fundraiser for local and nationwide charities.  With a minimum pledge of $20 anyone can attempt the 20 mile walk for charity.

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Over 30 churches and organizations participate with workers volunteering their time and energy to make the walk successful for over 100 walkers.  There are ten stops along the route where restrooms, first aid, or snacks may be available.  Transportation is available for those who can’t finish the entire twenty miles.

Two-thirds of the money collected goes to Sharing, Inc.  Sharing, Inc focuses on rural poverty in the southern states.  The majority of grants in recent years have been sharply focused on the needs of children—supporting gifted, committed, caring groups who are making a difference in the lives of children who suffer the dual oppressors of poverty and racism.  http://www.walkingongoodfriday.org/

One-third of our money raised stays local going to the Cornerstone Foundation.  Cornerstone Foundation started in 1982 with one woman’s desire to help our homeless neighbors.  Today Cornerstone is a multifaceted organization providing food, clothing, and shelter with services such as the overnight shelter, clothing bank, food pantry, soup kitchen and the youth community center. Cornerstone Foundation Website.

Stop by RUMC to get more info, take a walk sheet, make a pledge or volunteer to work (we need drivers, stop workers, etc.).  We need YOU!!  Call: 860 872-3122 or 860-644-2663

Jesus challenges us to go out into the world to spread his Gospel.  This is one way to exercise your Faith.  Jesus Walked on Good Friday, Will You?  With your help we can surpass our best fundraising amount of $14,000!

Details for Walkers:
The Good Friday Walk begins and ends at the Rockville United Methodist Church, 142 Grove Street, Rockville, CT. 860 875-6562.  There are 10 stops throughout the walk where you may find water, first aid, restrooms, or snacks.  A lunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches is served at the halfway point at Windsorville United Methodist Church.  Transportation is available at all of the stops throughout the route for anyone who can’t finish the walk.

All participants must fill out and sign the sponsor sheet.  Children under 18 years old must have a parent’s signature.  Children 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Each participant must collect a minimum of $20.

History of the Good Friday Walk:
“In January 1972, Kay Doherty, one New England woman, learned that the North Bolivar County Farm Co-op in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, was about to collapse due to federal budget cutbacks.  She sought help to organize a Walk to raise money for the Co-op.  When none was forthcoming, she decided to walk on Good Friday herself, alone if necessary.  From that day, Good Friday has become a day on which many Christians choose to walk as Jesus did.  They are joined by people of other beliefs who walk in the shared conviction that we must respond with love and justice wherever God’s people cry out.”

The original Walk of 1972, incorporated as Sharing in 1975, remains focused on rural poverty in the southern states.  The majority of grants in recent years have been sharply focused on the needs of children—supporting gifted, committed, caring groups who are making a difference in the lives of children who suffer the dual oppressions of poverty and racism.  Each year Kay travels south and evaluates organizations that receive support from Sharing, Inc.   Sharing, Inc. has distributed over $3 Million. http://www.walkingongoodfriday.org/

Rockville United Methodist Church was introduced to the Good Friday Walk in the early 80s by our new Pastor Dick Thompson.  Pastor Thompson had participated in Good Friday walks at his previous church in Hingham, MA and thought his new congregation would be interested in joining what he believed to be a wonderful cause: raising money for persons in the deep south who needed help to help themselves.  We first walked in Hingham, MA; then in Mystic, CT.  Thirty years ago in l984, we decided to walk in Rockville.  At first, 100% of the money raised went to Sharing, Inc.  A few years ago we began giving 1/3 of the money raised to Rockville charities, a wonderful way to give to our own community.

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