A Texas church with roughly 500 members has installed a 45-foot steel cross that weighs approximately 35,000 pounds. The newly erected structure will rest at the entrance of the church’s two-and-a-half acre prayer park.
Katy Community Fellowship located just west of Houston held a ceremony Tuesday celebrating the installation of the momentous cross. Church and community members, as well as builder John King and 35 of his employees, showed up for the lifting of the cross.
Pastor and co-founder Tim Barker told The Christian Post that the cross was phase one of an “acre prayer park next to our facility.” He said the cross was made from corten steel and contains 280 nails.
“Each nail was prayed over representing each family in our congregation,” Baker explained. “Some of the inspiration for the cross and park came from artist and architect Max Greiner Jr. in Kerrville, Texas. Each month thousands tour his Coming King Sculpture Prayer Garden.”
“This means so much for my company and I, as Christ is near and dear to us. This brings honor and glory to our Lord and Savior. I was humbled to be chosen by Katy Community Fellowship for this project,” King said.
“It’s history in the making. Never before has a cross been created like this in Katy. There are many crosses out there, but very few are designed so that you can walk through it.”
The next phase of the prayer park project will be the creation of a baptismal at the foot of the cross. An amphitheater, walking trails, and plaques will also be added.
“Phase three will encompass the walking trails that connect seven points of prayer, including: salvation, healing, family, revival, strongholds, and nations,” Barker said.
“Sixty-six scriptures from the 66 books of the Bible will be on plaques throughout the park. A white rock garden will surround the healing and strongholds points where prayer requests can be written on a rock and then left in the garden for people to pray over.”
Baker told The Christian Post he hopes the park will be ready by the end of the year. He prays the park will be “a beacon of hope and a reminder of God’s love for all people.”