Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Climbing a Mountain Is Cross to Bear for Brave Church Fundraising Team ; They Plan to Reach Summit of SnowdonThey Need to Raise Pounds 70,000 to Fix Roof

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Climbing a Mountain Is Cross to Bear for Brave Church Fundraising Team ; They Plan to Reach Summit of SnowdonThey Need to Raise Pounds 70,000 to Fix Roof

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CHURCHGOERS are carrying a huge cross up a mountain to promote the real meaning of Easter and help pay for a new roof.

An eight-strong team from the Cornerstone Community Church, in Eccles, plan to bear the cross all of the 1,085 metres to the summit of Snowdon in north Wales.

They need to raise Pounds 70,000 to replace their leaky church roof and at the same time want to remind others about Christ's crucifixion and the true meaning of Easter.

Pastor Stan Smith said: "Unlike Jesus we won't have been whipped and beaten and we are ordinary men and women.

"But Mount Snowdon will present a great challenge to us physically and mentally.

"It will be a powerful visual reminder that at that first Easter, God's son was sent to earth to die on a cross on a mountain, taking the sin of all mankind upon himself, so that whoever believes in him could come to God to receive forgiveness and eternal life."

At 52, Pastor Stan is not the oldest member of the team - that honour goes to Derek Heath, 65, from Monton, who is an experienced climber. …

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