Easter Stats And Stars
Easter 2017 is now in the books, and what an Easter it was…at both our Apopka and Mount Dora campuses! Let’s take a look first at some of the record-shattering stats:
-Total attendance: 4,771—4,393 at Apopka and 378 at Mount Dora, both numbers represent record attendance for each campus.
-Compared to last Easter, that is a 333-person increase over Easter 2016 (4,438) and 7.5% increase
-The number of volunteers was amazing and impressive. From Parking Assistants, to Greeters and Ushers, to Next Gen Kids volunteers, to Worship Support Servers…volunteers were everywhere, smiling, assisting, welcoming, seating, greeting, answering and representing the best of Journey! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us be more than ready to host 5,000 or more. The volunteers that turned out for Easter truly were the stars of Easter weekend.
-Because of the number of volunteers in Next Gen Kids ministry, not one child was turned away due to space or lack of volunteers at either campus! That is what we hoped for and what we delivered thanks to so many of you. I encourage you to think about volunteering in this vital ministry on a regular basis so we can say every week to every child and every family, “There is room for you!”
-The largest service at both campuses was the 9:30 AM gathering. The smallest service at Apopka was the 1PM service, but it was an engaged and supportive crowd and a great group to wrap up the day with.
-I thought the two services on Saturday worked extremely well, with people worshipping at one and serving at another. Those two services had almost the same number of people at each (573 at 4PM and 640 at 6PM)
-Over a third (36.5%) of Mount Dora’s numbers were in Kids ministry! That is a staggeringly high percentage, and represents a lot of young families who were there. Hats off to the MD Next Gen Kids team and volunteers for handling that many kids!
-This picture was taken by one of our new Parking Assistant Team members at our Apopka campus. He captioned it: “The tomb is empty and the parking lot is full!”
-One couple who lost an 11-year-old son in a tragic way told me after our 1PM service, “Easter gives us hope that we will see our son again, and his death is not the end.” Amen. A great reminder of the significance of Easter to end with.
I’ve learned over the years that no matter how many or how good Easter was, another weekend is just five days away. So as this weekend rolls around, there a few things to be aware of:
-Our new Saturday worship time at our Apopka campus is 5PM. We are hopeful this time will be more attractive to folks considering worshipping on Saturdays. For families with small children, you can get home earlier and prepare for bed. For folks who like to go out and eat after Saturday worship, you can get to the restaurants earlier. If you’ve never been to a Saturday worship gathering or haven’t been in a while, check it out this weekend.
-We’re starting a new series this weekend called Relationships That Define Us. There are some key relationships in our lives that have helped shape us into the people we are. We’re going to look at some of the most important relationships, and be encouraged from Scripture on how to make these relationships healthier and holier.
We are starting the series with some guest speakers, Alan and Lisa Robertson. Alan is the oldest son of Phil and Kay Robertson, the founders of Duck Commander and stars of the popular reality TV show, Duck Dynasty. Alan and Lisa have an incredible comeback story in their marriage, and I hope you will join us and invite someone to come with you who needs to be encouraged in their marriage.
In the coming weeks, we will see how the relationships we have with our friends, children, mother, father, and grandparents all have a huge role in defining who we are.
-After each worship gathering this weekend at the Apopka campus, we will host a NEXT orientation. Whether you’ve been attending Journey for days or decades, NEXT is the place for you to get some practical and encouraging direction about your next steps in following Jesus.
Last weekend was special. But every weekend can be special as we gather to learn, serve, and share the good news that Jesus is alive, and that his offer of an abundant and eternal life is real.
P.S. This Sunday at 2:00PM, 94.9FM – 950AM “The Word” will broadcast my message titled “Rescued From Legalism” from the Nailed It series on the “Church of the Week” radio program! There will also be a brief interview. Invite your friends, family and co-workers to tune in at that time!
Worship Song Set for the Upcoming Weekend:
- Unstoppable God – Elevation Worship
- Here For You – Matt Maher & Matt Redman
- Great Are You Lord – All Sons & Daughters
- For The Cross – Bethel Music