Westminster Presbyterian Church | Des Moines

Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

Palm Sunday Procession for Peace

Sunday, March 25, 2018, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Sunday, March 25, 2018  “Walking with our Neighbors”

On March 25 Westminster welcomes Des Moines Faith Committee for Peace and their annual Palm Sunday Procession of Peace.  

Starting at 2:30 p.m. - Westminster will host an ice cream social on our front lawn (east side of the church)

By 3:00 p.m.- We Gather in the north parking lot at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4114 Allison Ave.

At 3:00 p.m. - Proceed to Holy Trinity Catholic Church 2926 Beaver Ave.

3:30 pm- Worship at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 2926 Beaver Ave.

Details: We will be "Walking with our Neighbors" in a Procession led by a donkey, followed by a Prayer Service for Peace.  Our focus will be on immigration.  We will raise our prayers and strengthen our resolve to make ours a welcoming state and nation to immigrants, Dreamers, and refugees of war.  Our speaker is Alejandro Alfaro-Santiz, Co-Pastor of Trinity Las Americas United Methodist Church.   Participants are invited to carry placards with words calling for peace and justice for all, including immigrants.

Message from Pastor Scott:

In 2016 on Palm Sunday I attended the Peace Procession in Des Moines and was moved by the commitment so many made to make a difference in our world. Other members of Westminster and I walked down University to the 1st Christian Church along with two hundred other participants. As I walked I thought about all those who have processed throughout history in God’s name. From Civil Rights marchers to the Women’s March on Washington and so many others made the commitment to share their belief that all things, including peace, are possible through he who loves us. When people get away from their computers, out their doors, and literally take to the streets, transformative change often takes place. Come join us again this year.


I am pleased to announce that this year’s Procession for Peace will take place in the Beaverdale neighborhood. The procession will start at Westminster and process down Beaver Ave. and will culminate at Holy Trinity, where we will all participate in a worship service for peace. Last year another hundred people joined in worship with those walking in the procession. So if you cannot walk that far, we still look forward to having you join us at Holy Trinity for celebration of worship.


We will be celebrating the event with an Ice Cream social for all at Westminster before the Processional begins, starting at 2:30 p.m. The more people participating the larger the impact on our community. Your participation will make a difference. How often can you do something on a Sunday afternoon that you will remember the rest of your life? Share the hope and trust that in God’s holy name, peace can become a reality. 


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