A year ago, our entire country shut down and caused us to completely rethink church. It happened not long before Easter, so we had to make some major adjustments and get creative with our worship services. Having learned much through this pandemic and seeing it begin to fade, we are excited to share details about our Easter 2021 celebration! This year features some familiar elements and some new ways to remember our Savior's sacrifice on the cross and his resurrection.
Palm Sunday | UPDATE: Church Inside
On Palm Sunday, March 28, we had planned to host church outside on our back parking lot at 10:45 a.m., but the weather forecast is calling for rain and wind so we are moving this service inside the sanctuary. Make plans to join us as we prepare our hearts for Holy Week and worship our Savior who gave his life so that we may live!
All week | The Journey
During Holy Week, there will be signs stationed around the church property, and these signs will take you on a journey to the cross by focusing on various verses of Scripture. You and your family are invited to come and make your way through this journey as a way to help prepare your heart for this special time. You’re welcome to come anytime during daylight hours. During the week after Easter, the signs will change to focus on the resurrection of our Savior and you are invited to return to walk this new journey!
Thursday | A day of prayer and fasting
Thursday, April 1 will be a day of prayer and fasting for our congregation and anyone who desires to join us in this. We plan to fast from after dinner on Wednesday, March 31 until dinner on April 1. You are encouraged to use the time you would normally dedicate to breakfast and lunch on Thursday to times of prayer, and allow God to sharpen your focus on Him as you forego food. If you are unable to fast from food because of medical reasons, you can choose to fast from something else that would normally take up your time and focus.
Good Friday | A medical account of Christ's crucifixion
Dr. Ron Brownfield, one of our deacons here at Pea Ridge, will present a medical account of our Savior's crucifixion on Good Friday, April 2 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. This presentation will offer a medical perspective of what Jesus endured in the hours leading up to his execution and through his death on the cross. Our hope is that this gives you a new appreciation of Jesus's love as you consider what he sacrificed to make a way for us to be saved. We do plan to stream this special presentation on our website and Facebook page.
Easter Sunday | Church outside
On Easter Sunday, April 4, we plan to host church outside on our back parking lot at 10:45 a.m. Make plans to join us as we celebrate our risen Savior and Lord! Masks will not be required for this service and you are welcome to fellowship with others while maintaining a safe distance. We will still live stream the service on our website and Facebook page. If the weather is not appropriate for an outdoor service, we will move inside the sanctuary and will send notifications as much in advance as possible.
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