Easter is two weeks away, and Coweta County churches have full calendars as the holy day approaches.
Worship services with themes for the season are planned for April 9, Palm Sunday, and for Easter. Several churches have musical events planned, and Easter egg hunts are also part of the runup to the day when Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
“We approach Easter – with great anticipation – as we celebrate the resurrection of our precious Savior,” said June Harris, who worships at East Newnan Baptist Church.
Palm Sunday, when worshippers remember Jesus coming into Jerusalem, will be a special day at Newnan Presbyterian Church. The congregation will be dedicating its new cornerstone.
The Easter Drive-Thru at Cornerstone United Methodist Church at Thomas Crossroads has become a Coweta tradition. This year’s project features 10 scenes from the biblical Easter story and is titled “40 Hours that Changed the World.”
The Easter Drive-Thru will be April 13-15 from 6-9:30 each night. The presentation will feature the Last Supper, Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus before Pilate, the road to the crucifixion and the Crucifixion.
“Cornerstone’s Easter Drive-Thru Nativity is all about the death and resurrection of Jesus,” said Paul Griffin, project chairman and Cornerstone UMC member. “For the past few years, we have shared with the community the real meaning of Christmas with our Drive-Thru Nativity. Again this year with the Easter Drive-Thru we want to give the community the opportunity to see, hear and experience the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.”
Each vehicle going through the Easter Drive-Thru will receive a narration CD at the entrance. The CD will guide each vehicle through the journey.
A nightly cast and crew of 200-plus people will help tell the story. “This is Cornerstone’s gift to the community. There is no charge,” Griffin said. Cornerstone is located at 2956 Highway 154.
SonRise Baptist Church, 6 Shenandoah Blvd., is holding its annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza on April 15, starting at 9:30 a.m.
“Along with the popular age-appropriate hunt divisions, this year there will be much more to this family friendly event – including giant inflatables, exciting games, face painting and more,” said Amy Autry, the church’s children’s minister.
“Our happy hunters will go after 10,000 eggs filled with candy and special prizes hidden away on the grassy fields,” Autry said. Golden egg finders will get prizes.
Egg hunt age divisions and start times are: 1-2-3’s, 10 a.m.; 4-5’s; 10:20 a.m.; K-1-2, 10:40 a.m., and grades 3-4, 11 a.m.
“While you’re waiting for your hunt to begin, there will be an amusement-park style array of safe, family-friendly activities, including inflated bounce houses and obstacles courses,” Autry said. “Kids will enjoy stopping by the face-painting booth for an instant face-fashion-makeover.”
To pre-register, visit www.sonrisebaptist.org
• 10 a.m. Egg Hunt, East Newnan Baptist Church. “Bring your bag or basket, and be ready to hunt and gather up eggs filled with candy,” Harris said. “Joy is found in searching for and finding the Easter eggs.”
• 11:30 a.m., Egg Hunt, Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
• 2 p.m., Egg Hunt, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak. Refreshments, coloring pages, visit by Patrick, bottle-fed lamb.
• 5:30 p.m., Palm Sunday Vigil Mass, St. George Catholic Church.
April 9, Palm Sunday
• 8 a.m./10 a.m., Palm Sunday Mass, St. George Catholic Church.
• 8:30/10:30 a.m., Palm Sunday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Roscoe Road.
• 8:30/9:45/10:50/11 a.m. Palm Sunday, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Peachtree City. “Palm parades with palms and noise-makers” will start each service, said David Beecher, the church’s minister of music.
• 8:45/10:55 a.m., Palm Sunday, Central Baptist Church, Brown Street.
• 9/11 a.m, Palm Sunday, Cornerstone United Methodist Church.
• 10 a.m., Palm Sunday Communion, Resurrection Lutheran Church, 1250 Lora Smith Road.
• 10:50 a.m., children gather for Procession of Palms, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak.
• 11 a.m., Palm Sunday Communion, Sunnyside Baptist Church, Greenville Street.
• 12:30 p.m., Spanish Palm Sunday Mass, St. George Catholic Church.
• 6 p.m., “The Lion Became a Lamb,” choir/drama presentation, Woolsey Baptist Church, 115 Hampton Road, Fayetteville. Church member Patti Phillips described the presentation as “an Easter musical of our Lord Savior's death and resurrection from the grave.”
• 6:30 p.m., “Come Walk with Me,” cantata, Cornerstone United Methodist Church. Featuring music by Chopin.
April 12, Wednesday
• noon, Community Lenten Service, First Baptist Church, Newnan. Susan Haynes will preach. An offering will be received for Coweta Samaritan Clinic, and a meal will be available for $5.
• 6:30 p.m., Holy Week Communion, sanctuary, Central Baptist Church.
April 13, Holy/Maundy Thursday
• 12:15/7 p.m., Joint Maundy Thursday, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City will join the Lutherans for the services.
• 6 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass, St. George Catholic Church.
• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Resurrection Lutheran Church.
• 7 p.m., Holy Thursday Service, Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church, 72 Robinson St. Julia Morrison-Morgan said symbolic foot washing will be part of the service.
• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Word of God Lutheran Church, 303 Kelly Drive, Peachtree City. “This will include the singing of the Holden Evening Prayer service, holy communion and the stripping of the altar,” Sandy Thomas said.
• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak.
• 8 p.m., Spanish Holy Thursday Mass, St. George Catholic Church.
April 14, Good Friday
• noon, Station of the Cross, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
• noon, Stations of the Cross, St. George Catholic Church.
• 1 p.m., Seven Last Words, St. George Catholic Church.
• 2 p.m., Tenebrae, St. George Catholic Church.
• 3 p.m., Spanish Live Stations of the Cross, St. George Catholic Church.
• 6 p.m., Egg Hunt, Welcome Road Baptist Church.
• 6:30 p.m., Good Friday Communion, Change Church, Grantville.
• 7 p.m., Passion/Veneration of the Cross, St. George Catholic Church.
• 7 p.m., Good Friday, Resurrection Lutheran Church.
• 7 p.m., Good Friday Liturgy, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
• 7 p.m., Good Friday Tenebrae, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City. “ The service ends with the worshippers leaving silently in the darkness,” Thomas said.
• 7 p.m., Good Friday, Clark Chapel United Methodist Church, Luthersville.
• 8 p.m., Tenebrae, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. The service will include the procession of the cross, reproaches from the cross and music of Jesus’ Passion by the sanctuary choir and instrumentalists.
“These musical offerings range from selections from Requiems by Rutter, Fauré, Scott, Mozart, and Brahms – to Messiah and The Seven Last Words of Christ,” Beecher said. “The service ends in darkness and silence.”
April 15, Saturday
• 10 a.m., Easter Eggstravanganza, New Lebanon Baptist Church 1674 Wagers Mill Road. “We will have food, age-appropriate egg hunts, games and a bouncy house,” Kathy Albracht said “We will also have a bake sale/cake auction.”
• 10 a.m., Egg Hunt, St. George Catholic Church.
• 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Egg Hunt, Change Church, 45 W. Broad St., Grantville. “There will be a sweets table with many good baked goods and a lemonade stand,” Crystal Lane said. “Thousands of eggs will be hunted.”
• 11 a.m., Egg Hunt, First Baptist Church, Moreland. There will be more than 10,000 eggs with five different age levels from birth through fifth grade.
• noon-2 p.m., Egg Hunt, Resurrection Lutheran Church. “The event will include separate egg hunts divided by age – 0-12, followed by a hotdog lunch,” said Lisa Saunders, the church’s youth and family coordinator.
• noon, Blessing of the Easter Food/Baskets, St. George Catholic Church.
• 1 p.m., Egg Hunt, Sunnyside Baptist Church. Games.
• 2 p.m., Egg Hunt, Providence Baptist Church, Providence Church Road.
• 3 p.m., Egg Hunt, Powell Chapel United Methodist Church, 586 Old Atlanta Hwy.
• 6 p.m., Easter Vigil, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. “This unique service, planned and led by Intern Pastor Jonathan Trapp, brings us from penitence and preparation to joy and celebration,” Beecher said.
• 7-9 p.m., "A Night of Worship," Peachtree City Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 4957 Hwy 34 East, Sharpsburg.
“Through word and music, the Passion Week will be presented,” Laurie Gibson said. “Many of the church's worship teams will be sharing songs describing the last week of Christ’s life, as well as His death and miraculous resurrection.”
• 8 p.m., Bilingual Easter Vigil Mass, St. George Catholic Church.
• 8:30 p.m., Easter Vigil, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.
April 16, Easter Sunday
• 7 a.m., Sunrise Service, Luthersville United Methodist Church.
• 7 a.m., Sunrise Service, Sunnyside Baptist Church. Breakfast to follow.
• 7 a.m., Sunrise Service, East Newnan Baptist Church. Breakfast to follow.
• 7 a.m., Sonrise Tent Service, Change Church, Grantville. Breakfast to follow.
• 7:05 a.m., Sunrise Service, Highway 34 on Shoal Creek. Sponsored by Word of God Lutheran Church on their property one mile past Sam’s Club.
• 8/10 a.m., Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church.
• 8:30/9:45/11 a.m., Festival Worship Easter Worship, sanctuary, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Choir, brass, handbells.
• 9 a.m., Easter Program, Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church. Morrison-Morgan said the program will feature “a processional, speeches, music, praise dance and a sign language interpreter.” Ages 3-16 will present the program.
• 10 a.m., Resurrection Sunday Communion, Resurrection Lutheran Church.
• following 10:30 a.m. service, Egg Hunt, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. There will be separate areas designated for children age 2-7 and age 8-11. Bring a basket.
• 10:50 a.m., Celebration Worship, fellowship hall, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, Led by Sandra Bohlken and the church praise band.
• 10:55 a.m., Easter Service with Music, Central Baptist Church. String quartet, chancel choir, Music Makers, Young Musicians. Worshippers will bring blossoms for the flowering of the cross.
• 11 a.m., “Because He Lives,” cantata, White Oak First Baptist Church, Highway 34. Renee Martin of White Oak First said the cantata is “a passionate celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
• 12:30 p.m., Spanish Easter Mass, St. George Catholic Church.