First Baptist Church of Thomson invites everyone to attend an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 16.
The service will be held in the FBC Park, the large open area located behind the church's main buildings. Reverend David Lambert, FBC Minister of Youth and Christian Activities, will be the speaker. Special music will be presented by FBC's youth praise band The Slant.
"This is a change from a long-standing tradition," said Jim Ramsey, FBC pastor. "Savannah Valley Memorial Gardens has been the site of the community-wide service for many years, but several area pastors have decided to hold services at their own churches this year. At First Baptist, we'd like to maintain the tradition of an outdoor service. Fortunately, we have the perfect place for that in our park," he added.
The service will be held in the area immediately behind the red brick building known as The Warehouse. The stage at the rear of the building will accommodate both the speaker and the musicians. In front of the stage, chairs will be available for those who might have difficulty standing during the 30-40 minute service.
The parking area located adjacent to The Warehouse will be reserved for the handicapped and elderly, giving them easier access to the service. Ample space for all others will be available in the parking lots on either side of the church's main buildings.
"Getting out at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning is not something many people do," said Dr. Ramsey. "But this is such a special time. It was early on that Sunday morning when the women came to Jesus' tomb. They found the stone rolled away and Jesus risen. I like to think that for us an Easter Sunrise Service reminds us of the wonder of that moment and the power of God's promise fulfilled."
In case of inclement weather, the service will be held inside the First Baptist Church Warehouse.