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Church hosts Easter service at Hastings College

Published: Apr. 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - People weren’t at Hastings College to cheer on the Broncos, but instead they were there to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“It gives reason to the time, reason to demonstrate our love for each other, love for the community, and love for the church,” said Adam Wenburg.

The First Presbyterian Church hosted a community Easter service at the Lynn Farrell Arena.

“Last Easter was the very start of this pandemic and we had closed everything down,” Pastor Rev. Greg Allen-Pickett said. “I preached in an empty church sanctuary to a camera and this morning I will get to preach to real people and I’m very excited about that.”

The church didn’t get to worship together for about 11 months but back in February they started to meet in-person again.

‘We’re real limited in capacity,” Allen-Pickett said. “We’re trying to follow the guidelines and precautions the health department gives.”

They can only fit about a 100 to 150 people in their building safely.

“Normally we have a whole lot more than that on Easter morning. We need a space that’s bigger. Fortunately we have a wonderful partnership with Hastings college and they offered to let us host here,” Allen-Pickett said.

People were discouraged to sing hymns during the service but they were allowed to hum along with the choir.

“You can see that we did bring our communion table and our cross and our candles here to make it feel a little more familiar, but other than that this will feel somewhat like a regular Easter service,” Allen - Pickett said.

Reverend Allen-Pickett dedicated his sermon to moving forward from the past year.

“Hopefully we will re-emerge as resurrection people and have learned some lessons from this year of not being able to gather in-person,” Allen-Pickett said.

Starting in April the church plans to loosen up on restrictions, while also maintaining social distancing as much as possible during in-person services.

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