Residents and out-of-town guests are invited to celebrate Easter at sunrise services conducted by several Columbia County churches.
The sixth annual Com-munity Easter Sunrise Service, organized by Mosaic United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Evans, will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday at the Evans Towne Center Park.
“It’s very simple. We keep it to an hour,” Mosaic pastor the Rev. Carolyn Moore said.
Moore said she knows Easter also is the final day of the Masters Tournament.
“It is a great opportunity for people to come to church, honor God on an important day, but still make it to the course and get their spot,” Moore said.
The service, formerly held at the Columbia County Amphitheater behind the Evans library, is now in the park, which doesn’t provide as much natural seating. Though a limited number of chairs are available, Moore suggests bringing chairs or blankets to sit on.
Families and children are welcome and the dress is casual.
Harlem United Methodist and Harlem Baptist churches also are celebrating Easter with a joint sunrise service.
“It will be on the lawn between the two churches,” Harlem Baptist secretary Debbie Nunley said. “The sunrise is just coming right over you. It is just really awesome.”
The service will begin at 7 a.m. at the churches on West Milledgeville Road in Harlem.
Grovetown United Methodist Church also is holding a Easter sunrise service.
The service begins at 7 a.m. at Bellevue Memorial Gardens on Wrightsboro Road.
Bring a folding chair if standing is a problem.
Fort Gordon will hold an Easter sunrise service from 6:30 to 8 a.m. at Freedom Park on Rice Road. Chaplain David Green and Chaplain Matthew Wysocki will officiate, with music provided by the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band and the Fort Gordon Navy Choir.
In case of inclement weather, the service will be held in Alexander Hall, at Chamberlain Avenue and 28th Street.