Easter Sunday is coming up (April 4th), and Building Church on Slaughter Road is prepped and ready for a celebration that the whole community is invited to.
I recently spoke with Building Church Senior Pastor Spencer Beach who says that everything they’ve planned is designed to leave others inspired to consider a life with Jesus. He also says that he and his staff have worked hard to design a day that takes the decision-making out of the holiday (i.e “Who’s hosting dinner? Who’s bringing what? Who’s doing the egg hunt?” Etc.) and allows guests to simply show up, celebrate, and enjoy a really fun Easter Sunday.
Building Church will offer several service options: two in-person indoor services (9 and 10:30 a.m.), one outdoor service (10:30 a.m.), and then finally a big community celebration outdoors at 4 p.m. All morning services will be streamed online as well for those who prefer to attend virtually.
“Easter at BC will be a creative expression to celebrate the timeless truths about our Savior,” shared Beach. “Considering everything that we’ve all gone through the last year, we are striving to provide hope and joy in everything we’re doing that day. We hope that people show up and feel like they can detox and lighten their load a bit.”
Beach shared that the morning services will include creative elements that help tell the story of Easter in a fresh, relevant way.
When asked what excites Beach about preaching and leading a church on Easter Sunday, he remarked that “It’s the greatest day of the year whether you are a Christian or not. I get to tell the greatest story of love that anyone has ever told or experienced.”
He continued to say that “it’s an incredible day to come together and realize that someone paid the price for a relationship with you.”
Beach says that he understands that many haven’t been to church in-person in well over a year, but he’d like to encourage those who are on the fence about attending Easter Sunday to go through with making that effort.
“We have to recognize that these years have been difficult. We need community and rekindled faith and relationships.”
Beach says those who have never been to Building Church before can expect a 65-minute experience that includes worship and a life-giving message followed by the opportunity to hang around and meet new people. Childcare is also available at both services for children birth through 5th grade.
Easter Sunday Outdoor Community Celebration at 4 p.m.
The entire community is invited to come back to the church on Easter Sunday at 4 p.m. for barbecue, snow cones, Steel City Pops, and more. And guess what? It’s all completely free!
Beach says that attendees can expect a handful of other surprises too. Easter egg hunts will take place for all children ages 1-12 and will be divided up by ages.
“We don’t care whether you’re single, married, without or without kids, we just want everybody to come!”
When asked why the church has gone through such efforts with planning for an event of this caliber, Beach says that “we are trying to create a space for people to gather with friends as well as make new friends. We believe that Easter should feel celebratory, and we want to give people a chance to spend time together in a relaxed setting that’s outdoors with zero strings attached.”
Tables and chairs will be provided, though guests are welcome to bring their own folding chairs or picnic blankets if they’d prefer extra distancing or simply just want to picnic with their families.
Water baptisms will take place at 4 p.m. outside in the baptismal pool. Pastor Beach emphasizes that these baptisms are not just for people of Building Church but for anyone who would like to participate.
“It would be an honor to baptize you and help you publicly profess your faith in Jesus.”
To learn more and sign up to be baptized, click here.
Easter Sunday at Building Church Overview
9 a.m. – Indoor service in-person + live online stream
10:30 a.m. – Indoor and outdoor in-person services + live online stream
4 p.m. Outdoor celebration