Cordele Dispatch, Cordele, GA

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April 13, 2006

Area churches to hold Easter programs

CORDELE — In celebration of the resurrection of Christ, several area churches have planned sunrise services and Easter programs to begin their day of rejoicing.

The tradition of Easter Sunrise Services began centuries ago, when the church told the story of Easter at a chosen place outdoors that represented Jesus’ tomb. At these gatherings, people acted out the story of the women bearing spices, meeting the angel and running to tell the good news about Jesus’ rising to others. This could be why sunrise services are often held outdoors.

According to Arthur Clyde of the United Church of Christ, the early church also celebrated Easter Vigil when new followers were baptized just before dawn and celebrated their first communion with the whole church.

In today’s times, sunrise services are spent retelling biblical stories of salvation, baptisms, renewals of baptism vows and Holy Communion. Light is also important during these services, as the fire is kindled and candles are lit from it.

This year, worshippers have a plentiful number of services from which to choose to attend in the area. In Crisp County:

• New Oak Grove Baptist Church will hold Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m.

• Pleasant Grove Baptist Church will hold Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m.

• Holy Evangelistic Outreach Ministry will hold Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m.

• St. James Baptist Church will hold an Easter Program at 8 a.m.

• St. King Missionary Baptist Church will hold an Easter Program at 11:15 a.m.

• Penia Baptist Church is having Easter Services at 10 a.m.

• Northern Heights Baptist Church will hold Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. outside at the church.

In Dooly County:

• Vienna United Methodist Church will hold Good Friday Services today at 12 p.m.

• The youth of the Bethel Baptist Church will present an Easter Program during the regular service hour.

• Evangelistic Tabernacle Family Outreach Center will hold an Easter Program at 12 p.m.

In Warwick:

• Mt. Olive Baptist Church will hold its Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m.

In Wilcox County:

• Cooks Chapel A.M.E. Church in Pineview will be having Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m.

In Cobb:

• Pleasant Grove Baptist Church will be having Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m.

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