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Two sunrise services in the Cape on Easter morning

By Staff | Apr 3, 2015

The community is invited to attend two sunrise services on Sunday in Cape Coral.

A Life in Christ and the First Baptist Church of Cape Coral are each hosting an Easter Sunrise Service that is open to the public. First Baptist Church’s service will start at 6:30 a.m. at Jaycee Park, while A Life in Christ’s service will begin at 7 a.m. at the Cape Coral Yacht Club. Both will be along the water.

“It’s just a very very beautiful setting,” Pastor Al Kempa, with A Life in Christ, said.

“It’s a deep spiritual time,” he added.

First Baptist Church has been holding its holiday service for approximately 15 years.

“We consider it a community service,” Senior Pastor James Wigton said.

About 300 people attended last year’s event, with the same and more expected this weekend.

“It’s grown steadily,” he said.

The Jaycee Park service will last for approximately an hour and will feature Easter music, a message and sermon from Pastor Wigton on the Resurrection, and acceptance of any offerings.

“The sun actually comes up behind me,” he said. “Some people say it’s their favorite service of the whole year.”

Chairs will be made available for the public to use.

“Some people bring lawn chairs,” Pastor Wigton said. “It’s a very festive atmosphere.”

Coffee and donuts will be provided for free before and after the service.

“It’s just a refreshing way to start Easter,” he said.

Volunteers will assist with parking.

“We have plenty of room,” Pastor Wigton said.

A Life in Christ has been hosting its Easter service for around 40 years. Also an hour-long event, the main theme for this year’s worship will be hope, according to Pastor Kempa.

“Hope is really what we need in our lives,” he said.

Besides Pastor Kempa, there will be two guest pastors, including Pastor Guy Pfanz.

“It’s just basically praise and worship,” he said.

After the service, baked goods and coffee will again be available for free.

Seating is not provided, so chairs and blankets are encouraged.

“Everybody brings their own seat,” Pastor Kempa said.

On average, between 500 and 600 people turn out for the Cape Coral Yacht Club service.

“It’s really consistent for some reason,” he said.

An offering is taken during the event.

“We give money to a local organization and an international organization,” Pastor Kempa said.

This year, the local recipient will be the Studio 7 Cafe & Coffee Co., which is owned and operated by A Life in Christ. This year’s international recipient will be the Family of Faith Haiti Ministries.

“They help families so they do not have to give up their kids for adoption,” he said.

For more information on the First Baptist Church of Cape Coral service, call (239) 542-3703.

For more information on the A Life in Christ service, call (239) 772-0800

Jaycee Park is at 4125 SE 20th Place.

Cape Coral Yacht Club is at 5819 Driftwood Parkway.