Trinity to Host Community Easter Services
Trinity Christian Fellowship, an interdenominational church reflecting a broad cross-section of orthodox Christian traditions, will host two community Easter worship services at Sandhills Community College on Sunday, April 8.
The day will begin with a liturgical Communion service at 9 a.m., drawn from the 1928 Episcopal Book of Common Prayer. At 10:30, a family-friendly, general Protestant service will be held.
The two services will be conducted in Owens Auditorium on the Sandhills Community College campus by Dr. Larry Ellis and Dr. Al Hill, both retired Navy chaplains and Trinity's founding pastors.
A free nursery with professional caregivers will be provided on-site for both services. Coffee and doughnuts will be available outside the auditorium between the two services, weather permitting.
Sandy Tremblay, Trinity's director of music, and Erin Plisco, adult choir director, will lead an expanded Easter Sunday Choir at the 10:30 a.m. service, supported by renowned trumpeter Aaron Vandermeer.
"The decision to provide Easter services for the community at the college grew out of the convergence of divine inspiration and practical necessity," says Hill. "As we began planning for our Holy Week services, we realized that we have grown to the point that our Easter congregation would probably not fit into the 250-seat auditorium at The O'Neal School, where we meet each week. People want to go to church on Easter, and many people bring friends and family with them to worship that Sunday. We knew we would need more room. And so we approached the good folks at Sandhills Community College across the street about renting Owens Auditorium for the day. They have been very gracious, and we will now have ample seating for all our members and hundreds more."
According to Ellis, the college setting may also be more inviting for those who want to attend an Easter worship service but are not members of any particular denomination or congregation.
"Some people in our community may feel uncomfortable going to an unfamiliar and crowded church on Easter," says Ellis. "For them, attending a community-wide interdenominational Easter service in a well-known neutral setting, like the college, may feel less intimidating and be more enjoyable. Those who decide to share the Easter services with us will be introduced to our Trinity family, of course, but more importantly, they will be sharing the celebration of our Lord's Resurrection in a comfortable environment with neighbors and friends."
Trinity Christian Fellowship was founded last year and will celebrate its first anniversary during the month of April. The congregation has purchased land on Airport Road where a permanent facility will be built, and the architectural design process for those buildings is under way.
Trinity's other Holy Week services and activities include a Maundy Thursday service at 5:30 p.m., April 5, at Trinity Hall, 5 American Legion Lane, Pinehurst; and a Good Friday Service at noon, April 6, at Trinity Hall.
For more information, consult the Trinity website at www.TrinityCF.net or call Trinity at (910) 215-5775.
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