Final Easter Prep And Insider Tips
The preparations are almost complete. The Atrium makeover should be done by Friday–maybe late Friday–but Friday nonetheless. New signage is up inside and outside which should allow an easier experience for newcomers navigating their way through a congested parking lot and a crowded building.
The volunteers have mostly been recruited—although there is still a spot for you. Click here to join our Easter 5k team, and some last-minute training tips will be shared throughout the remainder of the week.
The songs have been selected. (You can actually preview our Easter playlist at the end of this column.) The worship team is rehearsing…and rehearsing…and rehearsing.
The message is tweaked almost daily because your pastor always believes it can be better.
A new lighted cross is being installed over the baptistery which will permanently remind us that because Jesus nailed it, we can stop nailing ourselves and rise to walk in a new life with Him.
The goal of seeing 500 opportunities to serve in one of five strategic areas at seven services at two locations has almost been reached, which paves the way to hosting 5,000 or more.
Now, we pray some more and invite and trust. I just saw two different couples in a local restaurant before completing this column. I asked them both if they were coming to one of our Easter worship gatherings. One said yes, one said probably not…and that’s pretty much the typical return on an invitation: 50%
Wouldn’t you love to have some money in an investment that paid you a 50% return that would be legal? I know I would!
Think about the eternal investment you are making when you invite someone to worship with you, particularly on Easter weekend. And the odds are that one out of two people you invite will say yes.
It was just this past Sunday that a lady from our Apopka campus gave me a card that said, “It was several years ago on Easter that my family and I first visited Journey, and you and this church have made such a huge impact in our lives.”
Remember, this weekend dozens, if not hundreds of people will visit a Journey campus for the first time. What can we do to see that story repeated over and over again? I especially want to keep encouraging those of us who have been around Journey for a while to move from “enthusiastic consumer to engaged contributor.” To move from saying, “I love what my church does for me!” to “I love helping my church reach others!”
Here are a few final insider’s tips to help you help others this weekend:
-I expect the 9:30 and 11:15 worship times to be at maximum capacity at our Apopka campus. If one of those services is one you usually attend and you really want to attend worship on Easter Sunday, I recommend you come to the 1PM service. I’m praying that the Mount Dora campus will be at max in both of their morning worship services at 9:30 and 11:15AM.
-From what we are hearing, both of the Saturday services (4 and 6PM) at Apopka could be pretty full as well. I encourage you to get here as early as you can for whatever service you plan to attend.
-There will be Orange County Sheriff Traffic Control representatives to help us on Sunday morning with exiting the campus after 9:30 and 11:15 at our Apopka campus. Be neighborly in the parking lots.
-The gym will be used as our overflow worship space this year. We are prepared to accommodate up to 300 people in the gym with an extremely large screen that will have a live feed from the Worship Center. The overflow space will be ready to be utilized at all services, and will have an assigned pastor to facilitate all the elements of worship in that space. Overflow seating is needed and helpful when people arrive late and are looking for four or more seats together. Our First Impressions Team will be ready to assist people with finding the overflow space.
-If you’re able to comfortably walk some distance, I encourage you to park as far out in the parking lots as you can. Having accessible and easy-to-find parking spaces is a key to getting people in the building.
-Each service will be identical and designed to last 60 minutes. We will do everything we can to honor that time to allow for stress-free children check-in/check-out and a timely turnaround of our parking lots.
-There WILL be Middle School Ministry at 6PM on Saturday and 11:15AM on Sunday. This will alleviate some of the seating issues in the Worship Center, but more importantly middle school students can invite their friends to experience worship with them.
-The New Here? Center will be open before and after each service at our Apopka campus. If you bring guests, be sure to stop by this new welcoming environment just inside the front doors. We’d love to meet them and we have a gift we’d like to give them.
-The newly remodeled Café will be open before and after each worship gathering as well. But the coffee will still be FREE in the Atrium!
-Expect a “Call ’em all” from me later today reminding you about Easter worship times. If calls like that annoy you, it will be over in 30 seconds!
-God is preparing us for something special. Over the last two weekends we have seen 23 people baptized into Christ–21 at Apopka this weekend and the last, and two this past weekend in Mount Dora. I believe we are seeing the beginning of many people saying yes to Jesus! This weekend will be a catalyst to further fuel that movement. Pray for every element of this weekend to be exactly what is needed to help people experience the comeback capacity of Jesus’ resurrection!
Worship Song Set for the Upcoming Weekend:
- Your Love Awakens Me – Phil Wickham
- Lion And The Lamb – Bethel
- O Praise The Name – Hillsong
- No Other Name – Hillsong
- Forever – Kari Jobe