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This edition we are taking up our cross and walking through Holy Week and Easter! Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday, beginning with Palm Sunday, that offers many worship experiences for churches to gather to reflect and remember.
Easter for Christians is not just one day, but rather a 50-day period. The season of Easter, or Eastertide, begins at sunset on the eve of Easter and ends on Pentecost, the day we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church (see Acts 2).
Easter is also more than just an extended celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. In the early church, Lent was a season for new converts to learn about the faith and prepare for baptism on Easter Sunday. The initial purpose of the 50-day Easter season was to continue the faith formation of new Christians.
Today, this extended season gives us time to rejoice and experience what it means when we say, "Christ is Risen!" It’s the season when we remember our baptisms and how through this sacrament we are, according to the liturgy, “incorporated into Christ’s mighty acts of salvation.” As “Easter people,” we also celebrate and ponder the birth of the Church and gifts of the Spirit (Pentecost) and how we are to live as faithful disciples of Christ.
We hope the resources provided in this edition will help jumpstart your planning and give you new ideas both for your individual faith journey and for the ways in which we engage in ministry together!
Fun Fact: In 325 AD, the Council of Nicea set the date for the celebration of Easter as the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring equinox. For this reason, the date will change each year and can fall anywhere from March 22 to April 25.
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Here are some great ideas to engage your community and beyond to see the needs around us with fresh eyes and in new ways this Easter season!
March 23: #ServeSouthGA: #ServeSouthGA is our Annual Conference's volunteer day, set aside for churches all over South Georgia to move outside the church building and into our communities. An event for all ages, #ServeSouthGA Day allows us to put our faith in action as we serve those in need in our very own town, neighborhood, and community. One Saturday each year, we set aside our personal agendas and head out into the community on a mission to serve others. It is truly a great day of sharing our time and talents with the charitable agencies the South Georgia Conference and your local church supports.
Look around you on Easter Sunday. You'll probably see people you haven't seen since Christmas as well as some new faces. A few simple steps can put visitors and inactive members at ease and make them feel at home in your congregation.
Do you have a desire to be more engaged in Advocacy work through The United Methodist Church in 2019? Here is what you can do.
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