Saturday March for Jesus looks to unite area churches

  • “March for Jesus 2018,” an interdenominational eight-tenths-of-a-mile-walk through downtown Greenfield on Saturday, will conclude at Energy Park. RECORDER FILE/Matt Burkhartt

Recorder Staff
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

GREENFIELD — With strife and divisiveness present in the country today, City Councilor and organizer Verne Sund wanted to find a way to bring people of all walks of life together.

Sund decided to invite people of different backgrounds and faiths to the “March for Jesus 2018,” an interdenominational eight-tenths-of-a-mile-walk through downtown Greenfield. The event is sponsored by Living Waters Assembly of God in Greenfield.

Sund said the event is to show that everyone is welcome, especially after it has seemed the country has become increasingly divided.

“We felt with the hoopla going on now with different people, different organizations feeling only one group cares,” he said. “This shows we care about everybody, not just one person or one group and shows everyone is wanted.”

Sund said he has spread the word to many churches in the area, and representation from several churches in Greenfield and Turners Falls is expected during the march. Youth groups from area faith institutions are also expected to march with banners.

According to Sund, marches for Jesus had occurred in the United States annually for many years, but have seemed to become less common. The event, he hopes, will bring back the marches that occurred across the nation.

The march will begin Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at Greenfield Middle School on Federal Street and will conclude at the Energy Park on Miles Street in downtown Greenfield. Sund said police will be present along the route, with the road being closed for marchers during the walk.

Following the march, hot dogs and water will be available for those who participate. Sund said that live music will be performed at the end of the march.

“I felt it was time we had something like this for everybody,” Sund said.

You can reach Dan Desrochers at: ddesrochers@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 257.