When: April 1st, 2018
Where: The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory in Irving
Time: Doors open at 9:30am. Worship begins at 10:30.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHO’S PUTTING THIS ON?
Three churches have come together. Christ Church Irving, Bear Creek Community Church and Irving Church are coordinating with each other.
CAN ANYONE COME?
Yes. This is open to the entire community, but limited to the first 6,000 who arrive (that’s all the space it can hold with the Easter Egg Hunt setup).
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
Get there early. Doors will open at 9:30am, and it will fill up fast. We will start promptly at 10:30. It will take a while for you to walk from the parking garage to The Pavillion, so plan to arrive about 15 minutes before you want to sit down.
WHERE DO I PARK?
The Music Factory parking garage is on the north side of the complex. Parking is free in that lot. Overflow (paid) parking may be available.
WHAT DO I WEAR?
That depends on the weather. It’s Easter, so some will be in their “Sunday Best” while most will be in regular clothes. Anything church appropriate is fine. If it’s warm, we’ll have everything from shorts to jeans to nice suits. We only ask you to consider this is a church event, not a Saturday night on the town event.
WHEN IS THE EASTER EGG HUNT?
The Easter Egg Hunts will start at noon. We will have four hunts, one right after the other. The first will be for little kids 2 and under, then 3-5 year olds, then Kindergarten-2nd Graders, and 3rd-5th Graders. After that’s finished, anyone can pick up whatever remains. We expect to be finished by 12:30 or so.
WHY COME TO THIS INSTEAD OF MY CHURCH?
We’re not asking you to do that. In fact, we would encourage you to attend your church on Easter Sunday. But, if you don’t have a church home, or don’t really want to go to a church building, or are afraid that it’s been so long that lightning will strike if you walk into a church, then you’re invited. If you have a church home, but want to come be a part of this community worship service, you are, of course, invited.
CAN WE EAT ON SITE?
Coffee can be purchased from the concession stands, and restaurants will be open after the event. We encourage you to consider staying and having lunch at one of the restaurants in the complex.
WILL COMMUNION BE SERVED?
Yes. There will be a communion station for anyone who would like to observe the Lord’s Supper. You can do that before, during or after the worship time.
WHAT ABOUT HANDICAP NEEDS?
We will have a special drop-off for those who need help, and special seating for those who are in wheelchairs. We recommend someone drive you to the venue, and we will make sure you can get into a seat.
IS THERE CHILDCARE DURING THE WORSHIP TIME?
No, we will not have children’s classes. However, there will be a Family Room available with couches and toys for any child that needs to move around. The room will have two large TV’s with live feed of the service. Parents MUST stay with their child. This room will not be staffed. In hopes of making Worship more kid friendly, every child will receive an activity bag at the front doors. This bag will include a book, color/puzzle pages, crayons, and snack. We want our Irving families to worship together.
SHOULD I BRING ANY MONEY?
Only if you want to buy coffee, or plan on going to lunch. Nothing will be for sale, and we will not take up any collection. This is not about getting your money. This is about being a blessing to you, and praising our God who made Easter possible.
WHAT IS EASTER, ANYWAY?
Easter is what Christians call the resurrection story of Jesus. Everyone dies. Including Jesus. He died. In fact, his death on the cross was cruel and painful. There’s a reason for that. But while everyone dies, only one person has come back from the dead. Some have been legally dead for a short while. Jesus was dead and buried. For three days. That’s dead. But he was miraculously raised from the grave. Because He’s God. That story is doubted by many, but over 500 eyewitnesses saw him and proved his resurrection with their own eyes. Many of them died for telling the story. They knew what they saw. He was raised to live again, because He’s God. That’s the Easter Story.
And that’s important. The fact that Jesus was raised was proof that he was God’s son. And when he left the second time, he didn’t die, but was carried up to heaven where he’s preparing a place for you in heaven (if you’ll accept that he’s the son of God). Your faith in his story is what makes you right with God. It’s not by being good, though you might be better in the future. It’s not by going to the right church, or to church at all, though you will likely go to church. If you’ve never put your faith in Jesus, you’re not right with God. We wish there were a nicer way to say it, but there isn’t. You’re either right with God, or not. And faith in Jesus as God’s son is the way to be right with God.
So, Easter is the celebration of that story. And it is a celebration. Like when your team was losing, but won right at the end? You celebrate. We celebrate that we were lost, away from God, but the Easter story makes us right with Him, even before we start doing right by Him.
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