Hundreds Attend Easter Sunrise Service, Children Hunt For 50,000 Eggs

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By Catalina Trivino

It's Easter Sunday -- and while some of you may have attended a late morning service, hundreds drove to Prattville before dawn and braved the early morning chill for an Easter Sunrise Service...

It's one of the most important days in Christianity -- and people in the River Region celebrated by reflecting on what Easter is all about.

It's Rick Acker's first time celebrating easter from this perspective...

"Just kind of gives you a little taste of heaven up here on top of this hill," Said Acker, a member of Centerpoint Fellowship, while taking photographs of the sunrise during an outdoor Easter service held in Prattville. He was one of more than 600 people who attended Centerpoint Fellowship's Easter Sunrise Service, where worshippers recreated the scene of Christ on Easter more than 2,000 years ago.

"There's a new perspective gained. There's a whole sense of... it's almost profound... coming to terms with the fact of 'oh my goodness, this really happened,' which is what as a Christian, we do believe," Said Centerpoint Fellowship senior pastor, John Schmidt.

The story of Easter was shared using music and Bible passages. Believers say on Good Friday, Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

"When the women who were some of the followers went down to the tomb on Easter Sunday morning to annoint his body with spices, they came there," Said Schmidt explaining the story of Easter. "There was an angel who greeted them. It rolled away the stones on the tomb, [then] told to look in and see that Jesus wasn't there. He overcame death and he was gone."

Meanwhile at Stanley-Jensen Stadium, thousands of kids couldn't contain their excitement. Destiny Christian Center hosted it's annual 50,000 Easter Egg Hunt, where kids scrambled the field collecting eggs filled with candy and toys. Seven-year-old, Jaylin Andrews, just couldn't keep her hands off them...

"It was really, really fun because I could see all the kids trying to grab them and I was trying to grab them!" Said Andrews.

These are Easter traditions that together, deliver a message...

"It's all about God, it's all about His love. It's all about Jesus dying for our sins." Said Acker.

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