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Celebrating Easter at sunrise / April 17, 2014
Numerous churches across Halifax County will be hosting Easter Sunrise Services on Sunday morning to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. Many will begin as early as 6 a.m.

In South Boston there will be a community Sunrise Service at the Main Street Methodist Prayer Garden with pastors from neighboring churches leading the 7 a.m. morning worship. The public is invited to attend.

In Halifax, Banister Hill Baptist Church will host a community Sunrise Service beginning at 6 a.m. with breakfast to follow.

There will also be the annual Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. at the Virgilina Cemetery led by Dr. Troy Rust of Florence Avenue Baptist Church. In Vernon Hill, the community service will be held at Vernon Hill Baptist at 7 a.m.

The Rev. Frank E. Coleman will be the guest speaker at the Spanish Grove Church Sunrise Service which begins at 6 a.m. Other Sunrise Services will begin at 6 a.m. at White Rock Baptist, County Line Missionary Church and Bethel Grove Baptist, which will be joined by members of Zion Grove Baptist.

Also hosting 6 a.m. services will be New Vernon Baptist, White Oak Baptist, Owens Grove Baptist, Berry Hill Baptist and Greater Brandon Chapel Missionary Baptist Church.

At Winn’s Creek, Bethel Baptist Church will begin its special service at 6:30 a.m. as will Dan River Bethel. Shady Grove United Methodist will also host its Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. followed by a casserole breakfast.

First Crossroads Baptist, Pleasant Grove Church at Dan River View Baptist and Cherry Hill Methodist will host special 7 a.m. services.

New Zion has set its special service at 8 a.m. while Beth Car Baptist in Halifax has scheduled an 8:30 service with breakfast to follow.

New Life Baptist Church has the earliest special service, beginning at 5:30 a.m. with breakfast to follow.

A new idea to reach out: gas buyback

The South Boston Church of God has a different type of outreach planned for the weekend.

The Church will feature two Easter Sunday services, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., with a variety of activities planned. The church is located at 3000 Halifax Road, South Boston.

Pastor T. Wayne Daniels also is helping lead an unusual effort to tell folks around Halifax County-South Boston and Southside Virginia about the church, and its Easter events.

“What we know on the Christian calendar, this is the biggest weekend of the year for the unchurched to potentially come and join in a place of worship. We’re going to maximize the weekend. We’ve got the gas buyback, which is an evangelism outreach on Saturday,” said Daniels.

For a period of two hours on Saturday, from noon-2 p.m., the church will reduce the price on every gallon of gas by 30 cents per gallon. This will take place at the BP Apple Market on Halifax Road, near the church.

Daniels and church volunteers will be handing out a postcard detailing the church’s Easter activities the next day.

“For two hours, we’re going to be pumping gas, washing windows and ultimately extending invitations by way of the postcard ... to join us in our Easter Sunday celebration,” said Daniels.

On Easter Sunday, South Boston Church of God will feature two services. A free all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast will be provided before the 9 a.m. service.

Sunday School and a time of discipleship follow.

Then, at 11, the Church of God will have its second Easter service.

Following that service, there will be a series of outdoor activities at the Halifax Christian School. There’s a free lunch, free inflatables, the largest Easter Egg hunt in the county, with 5,000 eggs, for all ages.

There will be games and visitors get a free gift with their visit.

Daniels emphasized the church is open to all, of all ages and races.

“We’re all God’s creation and we want to be a church that’s open, fun, relevant,” emphasized Daniels.

For more information, call 434-575-5965.

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