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Easter Resurrection Celebration 2018

Calvary Temple Outreach

Our God is Mighty to Save

I’VE BEEN A MEMBER OF Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA FOR OVER 25 YEARS. WE ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT REACHING THE LOST AND ENCOURAGING THE BELIEVERS IN OUR COMMUNITY. WE HAVE MANY Events THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL. I HOPE YOU FIND THE FOLLOWING TO BE A BLESSING.

Before Easter

Three days before the First Easter, something very special happened: a man named Jesus died on the cross for us.  Three days later, the Son of God rose again from the dead.  He saw His disciples and spoke to over 500 people.  Then, the Bible says He rose into heaven through the clouds.  And one day, He will come again for us.

But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.” (Matthew 28:5-6, ESV) Bible Gateway

This is the Easter story that many have never heard.  Since the Bible says to, “Go into all the world to preach the Gospel,” my church takes the opportunity every year to invite our local community to celebrate Easter with us.  We call this the, “Kids Easter Resurrection Celebration,” also known as the “ERC.”

In this post, I’ll take you through what it was like and also share some testimonies of lives who were ministered to.

Things To Do

Easter Resurrection CelebrationThere were so many activities this year:  live performances from our elementary students, an interactive story by the Youth Group, and a play by the Young Adults, and of course free food, crafts and games, and moon bounces.

Our elementary kids put on a very nice show, dancing and singing in their brightly colored shirts about our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Youth Group enjoys performing an interactive story in an outside tent that’s nicely lit up.

Easter Resurrection Celebration

Every year, some of the Young Adults perform a skit based on a well-known theme with a message to give your heart to Jesus.  This year, the theme was Willy Wonka.

Easter Resurrection Celebration

Lives Reached

This is my favorite part, the stories about the lives who were touched by the Gospel!  The Lord could have reached them another way, but He chose to use the time at our ERC.

Hope

A wife whose husband unfortunately passed away recently was able to come.  Her husband worked with one of our members, and she is a believer.  Pastor Scott, whose first wife, Janet, passed away from cancer over 15 years ago, was able to share with the wife that life does return to normal in time.  She was very encouraged to be around the people of God, and said that as soon as she came on the property, she felt the love of God.

“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35, ESV) Bible Gateway

Another godly lady from our fellowship was able to comfort the wife with her own experience as well, as a very close friend had passed away in a car accident when she was young.  Since the ERC, these ladies have been in touch.

Excited to Come

My friend, Katie, met a nice young lady at Gold’s Gym.  She’s a believer and very excited about the Lord. Not having kids didn’t deter her from attending an event focused on kids (our ERC).  She came, just wanting to be where God was.

She also visited on a Sunday morning service.  As Katie was practicing with the band (she’s our wonderful pianist!), two of our friends were able to spend time ministering with the young lady.  Another lady, Mrs. Carr, spoke with her.  After service, she gave her money to buy some spiritual books from the church bookstore.

Her job has taken her to Florida.  It’s a blessing the Lord allowed so many of our paths to cross with hers.

Challenged by the Lord’s Return

This is an exciting testimony of how the Lord is drawing a particular man.  For the sake of our story, he is known as Mike.  Mike, who works for a member of our church, was building a deck at a church family’s house. One of their teenage sons, Zach, shared the Gospel with him.  “Man, is that boy a Christian!” Mike said of him to his employer.

Later, Mike and his family attended the ERC.  He said he’s never met so many friendly people.  The Lord is really drawing him.

“And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet.” (Matthew 24:6, ESV) Bible Gateway

Lastly so far, Mike and his cousin attended our Spring Car Show (look for my next post).  They saw 3rd Day Power’s ministry.  Mike was particularly struck by a comment about the recent bombing in Syria.  He was encouraged that the Lord is coming soon.

Overall, lives were ministered to.  Sometimes, the Lord gives us glimpses of how He is working.  I hope these few glimpses encouraged you to keep seeking the Lord with all your heart.  For those who do not yet know the Lord as their Savior, I pray that one day you will.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

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Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Calvary Temple’s Kid’s Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach was a great success!

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel. I hope you find the following story about the Calvary Temple Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach to be a blessing.

Easter represents the most important event in Christian History. The death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  His death paid for our sins.  His resurrection shows that He conquered death and the grave and its our hope and promise that we will forever live with the Lord.  Through Jesus’ sacrifice, our sins are forgiven and we can have a relationship with God.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Most of what the world knows about Easter has to do with the pagan holiday to celebrate spring.  The bunny, the baskets, the jelly beans, and most importantly the Reece’s Peanut Butter Eggs.

At some point, Christians took over the Holiday and said, “hey, why don’t we celebrate the resurrection of the Lord on Easter,” and the Christian holiday was born.  Somehow the two holidays got inner meshed with each other and now we have chocolate crosses and egg hunts after church.

I’m sure a lot of Christians have very strong peanut butter eggsopinions about all of that, but as long as the Peanut Butter Eggs aren’t taken away, I’m not getting involved in the argument. You need to decide what is the best way for your family to honor the Lord.

We chose to have an egg hunt for my 3 year old grandson this year.  My memory is not as good as it used to be.  So it took three adults searching for almost an hour to find the missing eggs that i hid.  Moral of the story: I’m not allowed to hide the eggs anymore.

One exciting thing I did with my granddaughter this year was resurrection eggs.  Each egg has a piece of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection.  She got to open each egg and i told her what the piece represented.  She’s only four so its hard to say how much she understood. When we went through the pieces again and i asked her what the nails were for she said, “they poked Jesus.”  So a seed was definitely planted.

resurrection eggs

Resurrection eggs

One way Calvary Temple has chosen to honor the Lord is through community outreach.  Just a few days ago we had a very popular event, our Kids Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach.  We had over 200 visitors this year and it was a lot of fun for all involved.  It takes many hours of preparation to set up the Easter themed carnival.  Admission is always free and packed with lots of goodies.

  • Live Interactive Easter Story

Our youth group sets this up like a little theme park ride.  A very low budget theme park ride.  Spectators are taken into stations by the wagon load to costumed actors who perform skits depicting the Bible account of the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Moon Bounces

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Face Painting

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Balloons

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Games and Prizes

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Entertainment

Skits this year were on Jonah and Daniel in the Lion’s Den

calvary temple easter ressurection celebration outreach

  • Music

Our kids look forward to performing for the visitors.

calvary temple easter ressurection celebration outreach

  • Crafts

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

  • Pictures with the Characters

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

Easter Resurrection Celebration Outreach

The church family looks forward to lending a hand to make the event a blessing for our guests.  We are all so grateful that someone told each one of us about Jesus.  We consider it a privilege to share that same love of Jesus with others every chance we get.

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About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube,Flickr,Instagram