Today, Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church is thriving, with nearly 350 church families. Under the leadership of pastor Rev. Moses Harvill, the church is in a period of celebration and renewal. Plans for a new, larger building are underway. With a series of anniversary events spanning several years, the church’s illustrious history is being explored and shared and re-enacted. In 1996, the Cross Street Players, the church’s theatrical troupe, presented “Jedgement Day” a play adapted to include scenes from the early years of the church in Middletown. A history walk also helped make earlier times come alive.
Cross Street Church remains dedicated to being an active, central part of the Middletown community. An extensive outreach ministry serves Wesleyan University, Rocky Hill Veterans, I Have a Friend Youth Center, Long Lane School, St. Vincent DePaul Place, H.O.P.E., Inc., and many other social organizations. Church members worked on the Amistad ship recreation. From the youngest church members in the Buds of Promise choir singing at the Colors of Culture festival to seniors in the Seniors’ Ministry, from lay members to Rev. Harvill, Middletown’s Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church stays true to the ideals of its founders.
Senator Christopher Dodd. United States Senate Proclamation Honoring Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church on its 175th Anniversary. 105th Congress, 2nd Session, vol. 144, no. 80, June 18, 1998. Loaned by Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church.