A team of three from St Brigid’s Parish Church, Mallusk, carried a seven-foot cross to the top of Slieve Donard on November 10 to raise funds for Crown Jesus Ministries.
The Rev Bill Boyce, rector, was accompanied by parish reader Peter Kirch and Ernie Arthur, who plays drums in the church band.
Peter works for Crown Jesus Ministries, and had undertaken to organise the sponsored cross walk, as well as a Zoom quiz, to raise money during Crown Jesus Ministries’ mission week.
Ernie has previously taken part in cross walks, and was able to provide the cross.
The trio set out from the Slieve Donard car park in Newcastle at 9.30am and reached the top of Northern Ireland’s highest mountain two hours and 54 seconds later.
“We chatted to a few people who were out walking and wanted to know why we were carrying a cross,” said Bill. “When we stopped for prayers at the top two girls came around the corner, and it turns out Crown Jesus Ministries had worked in their church.”
Bill’s wife Eleanor had walked part of the way with the team, and took some photos of their progress.
The mountain cross walk and quiz raised £800 for Crown Jesus Ministries.