Thursday, April 17, 2014
This year’s Easter service at TrueNorth Church is billed as “Raised to Life.”
The services, which will be held in the North Augusta High School gymnasium on Sunday at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m., will feature a special guest. Bryan Narcisse, a graduate of North Augusta High School, former Harlem Globetrotter and assistant coach for the Jackets, will participate in an opening video and share the stage live with the TrueNorth band for a musical number. Narcisse also serves as an area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Laura Owings, the production director for the church, said this is the 10th service held at North Augusta High.
“We have had to move our Easter services from the auditorium to the gym for many of these years due to the large numbers of people in attendance,” she said. “Based on last year’s numbers, we are expecting 3,000 in attendance for this Easter. We plan on this being our final Easter at North Augusta High School as we look forward to moving into our new facilities on Martintown Road in the fall.”
Owings said the services are designed to “speak to the hearts of everyone.” However, they especially consider what an “unchurched person may experience their first visit.”
“They may be nervous or uncomfortable,” she said. “So it is our desire to create environments that meet people wherever they are in their life journey. Bryan Narcisse is very passionate about sharing his faith throughout our community and all over the country. He has a gift of communicating in an authentic way that causes people to want to hear more.”
Owings said that Easter and Christmas are the two most popular times for unchurched persons to consider attending a service.
“For those who will be attending a service at TrueNorth Church, we are ready to love on them and present the story of Jesus to them; that’s why we exist,” she said. “Also, our children’s ministries carry such a high level of creativity and excellence that we encourage all preschool and elementary-aged children to attend their age specific group for Journey Land or Kidzstuff, where they will learn about Jesus on their level.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at The North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @NAStarRodgers.