Sunrise Service to Egghunt 2016

Easter was earlier this year, so we planned to have the Sunrise Service inside instead of outside this year. Of course, it was the warmest Easter we have had in several years! We have been outside in very cold and damp weather in April, so being in March, we could have had snow. The service was about gifts given to us from the cross. Salvation, Healing, Eternal Life and Jesus Christ. The congregation had been given gift bags with cards inside to write their gift to Christ on and bring to the table. We had a great Easter service. A holy time. Then the kids had a good time hunting eggs on the church grounds after service. This year, the week following Easter was Spring Break from school in our area, so unfortunately, many of our kids were on vacation but fortunate for them! There was no service on Sunday night since we had been up early for the 6 A.M. service.779988006666777555444333222111

Palm Sunday Easter Program/Drama 2012

On Palm Sunday, Jaci Gambrel, Sydney Portwood and Morgana Ballinger, from Kidz Church, sang “Mighty to Save” and “For All You’ve Done” with Dale Dufour leading and accompanying on the piano.  They worshipped in dance to “One Way Jesus” and participated in a reading with Kidz Church Leaders, Christopher and Dale Dufour.   Morgana sang and played “I Am” as a solo.  What a blessing to us, watching them worship!

Christopher Dufour wrote and directed “The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ”, a drama performed by several of our adults.  We viewed scenes from the Garden of Eden, the raising of Lazarus, the Last Supper, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.  Everyone enjoyed the performance and appreciates the time and effort the cast members took so we could be blessed.   Our impression was “Wow!”  Thank you to Christopher and Dale Dufour, Charlie and Ollie Hall, Danny and Louise Spivey, Jeff Peal, Jody and Betty Bartley, Bonnie Harris, Gail Osborne, Missy Bartley and Pastor Ballinger.


Sun Rise Service 2012

There is just something about a Sun Rise service that makes one look forward to it all year!  Is it the effort of getting up so very early? Is it the darkness that is at the beginning of the service?  Is it the stillness of the early morning hours or the sense of the outside with birds chirping and occasional car passing?  We have had many Sun Rise services and have just finished our third one held outside.  A few have been when very cold, but this year was a pleasant 51!  We use tiki torches and candles for light and this year used a cross.

We sang Easter choruses to begin our service, then Gail Osborne (Mary Magdalene), Charlie Hall (Peter) and Pastor Ballinger (Beloved Disciple John) gave monologues that told how they felt after Christ was crucified and then again after His resurrection.  Shirley Gambrel sang, “The Tomb is Empty Now”.  Sister B talked of John 3:16, of the love of God to send His Son, how God loves us just the way we are but wants us to have the heart of Jesus.  As the darkness changed to light, we observed communion with thankfulness.  Such a sweet Spirit hovered around us!

As service ended, of course, there was the question, “where do we go for breakfast?”  We always eat!!  We continued fellowship at Golden Corral in Nicholasville.

Easter is such a happy, holy time!  Maybe we will see you next Easter at 6:30 a.m.  It is always so good to have people attend Sun Rise service for the first time and hear them say how blessed and happy they were that they came.  See you next year??