by Walter Cantwell
Easter is a little over a week away and there is a sense of anticipation in the air at Belin Memorial.
The festivities kick-off this Saturday with our annual Easter egg hunt at 10 AM. Your children will not want to miss this special event because we will have crafts, games, and an Easter egg hunt. Also, there will be a special guest – the Easter Bunny. Light refreshments will be provided for all ages. Make sure to invite your friends and neighbors to join us.
On Sunday morning our children will wave palm branches in worship on both sides of the street, marking the beginning of a week filled with worship opportunities. Join us for our final Lenten Wednesday worship service at noon, and stay for lunch in the Family Life Center. Then, gather with us on Maundy Thursday at 7 PM for “The Living Last Supper: A Dramatic Musical Experience for Holy Week.”
Swing by the church on Good Friday for lunch (11 AM - 1:30 PM) or dinner (5 PM - 7 PM). The International Mission Team of Belin Memorial will be serving fish, french fries, hushpuppies, and coleslaw. All proceeds will support the International Mission Team’s trip to Guatemala in July where they will be building a home for a family in need and offering a Vacation Bible School for the community.
Begin your Easter morning with us at the Waterfront Cross Garden for our Sunrise by the Seawall service at 6:30 AM (bring a chair or blanket to sit on). Then, we will hold worship in both The Sanctuary and The Harbor at our regular times of worship, 8:45 AM and 11 AM. Our choir and praise band have been working hard to prepare for this wonderful day of worship. Come and be comforted, inspired, and nourished in worship.
This time of the year presents us with a wonderful opportunity to invite our neighbors, friends, co-workers, and family to be our guests at church. When you invite them, put your guests at ease by letting them know you will be waiting for them outside of church. Give them directions about where to park and where to meet you. Tell them to arrive early to get a good parking spot and seat. Be as hospitable and welcoming as possible by following these simple steps. Our hope is that they will discover that Belin Memorial is a place for them where they will discover hope, community, and the love of God.
Since parking is at a premium until Georgetown County finishes its dredging project, please leave space for our guests. If you are able to walk a short distance, you may park in the Belin Cemetery or in Tito’s parking lot. All free spaces will make a major impact on this special day. And if your guests have children, let them know that we are not holding our normal children’s church (SHINE Time) on Easter because we want all children to be in worship. Squirming children are always welcome, especially on Easter!
Holy Week and Easter are at the heart of our faith.
Easter is the story of hope.
Easter is the day of joyous celebration.
Easter is a time to remember the power of God’s love.
Everybody needs something to believe in, something to hope for,
something that brings them joy, and someone to love and to be loved by.
I look forward to seeing you during Holy Week as we journey together to the moment when we can proclaim, “Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”