One month from today, we will begin the first of seven Easter worship celebrations at our Journey campuses. We will host five services at our Apopka campus: 4 and 6PM on Saturday, April 15, and at 9:30, 11:15AM and 1PM on Sunday, April 16. Our Mount Dora campus will offer two worship services at 9:30 and 11:15AM on Easter Sunday.
We are preparing to host 5,000 or more combined at both campuses on Easter weekend, hence Easter 5k.
In order to be ready to accommodate that many people, there are some strategic service areas that we need a full complement of volunteers to pull everything off. The numbers I’m about to give you are max numbers, meaning that if all services are full and all children’s environments are at capacity, these are the volunteer numbers we need in these areas at the Apopka campus alone:
- Parking Assistants: 6 per service = 30
- First Impressions – Welcoming and Assisting Guests: 11 per service = 55
- Ushers: 6 per service = 30
- Worship Support – Offering and Communion Services: 31 per service = 155
- Children’s Ministry – Birth through 5th grade: 40 per service = 200
If you’re quick at math, you can see that’s 470 volunteers just at our Apopka campus alone. It will take a minimum of 500 volunteers when you combine Apopka and Mount Dora to fully host 5,000 people. That’s a lot of volunteers!
The question I have for you is: Will you be one of them? Are you willing and able to help us put our best foot…or hand forward to help hundreds of guests experience the message of Easter?
I’ve been working on the Easter message over the last few days. We’re going to talk about The Greatest Comeback of All Time. The three major sports (NBA, MLB and NFL) have witnessed some historic comebacks in the past year, but those comebacks pale in comparison to Jesus Christ coming back from the grave! What a great story to share with so many people…and it’s a story that is true! We want to do everything we can to host as many people on Easter weekend to tell them about Jesus’ comeback story.
With multiple services offered at both of our campuses, it’s never been easier to worship at one and serve at another. If you would like to serve in one of our Easter 5k strategic areas, click here to connect to our Easter 5k Volunteer Central. You can join a team that will make a great difference for so many people this Easter.
Flip This Atrium
Are you a fan of HGTV? Many of us are. People especially love those renovation shows where spaces are freshened and renewed that make a house more homey and livable.
Well the HGTV touch is coming to a church Atrium (cough…Apopka…cough) near you! Over the next few weeks leading up to Easter, a wave of new additions and re-purposed space will be taking shape. All of these refurbishing efforts are part of our First Impressions Initiative which is designed to better welcome, direct, and connect people to Journey—from the parking lot to a “New Here?” center to a more visible Connection Center to new furniture.
The Apopka Atrium renovation project entails:
—Painting of the entire Atrium which started this week.
—The Hospitality Tent outside will be replaced by a “New Here?” center inside.
—The former Hospitality Tent gets moved to the parking lot to be a shelter for our Parking Assistants, and will be positioned at newly designated “New Here/Park Here” spaces.
—The Connection Center will be permanently moved to the area between the double doors into the Worship Center doors.
—New signage and colorful banners will be installed.
—New furniture will be arriving to create multiple seating areas on the perimeter of the Atrium and beside the parent check-in area.
—The Café will be reduced in size and offer a limited menu and specialty drinks, because…
—Coffee will be available on a custom made coffee cart and will be FREE!
These are just the highlights of the most impacting changes that will be taking place over the next few weeks. In fact, next week in Journey with John, instead of a written blog, I will do a VLOG and walk you through these changes so you can get a better idea of what we’re planning.
Why are we doing all of this? Because we’re always trying to get better at making disciples of Jesus who love God, love people and serve the world. I look forward to showing you how we are going about that next week.
Life On Mission Wrap Up – Pray
This weekend, we wrap up the Life On Mission series. We’ve talked about how and why we Connect, Serve, Share and Grow as we go about our one job of witnessing. To finish with “Pray” seems like prayer is just something tacked on at the end to make it sound spiritual. But that would be wrong. Now we know what we are to pray for. What do you pray for when you pray? This weekend, we will study the pivotal statement in the greatest prayer of all time given to us by Jesus.
Here’s one last video with Pastor Tim Harlow, author of the book Life On Mission.