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Easter service to be offered on the river by First Baptist

By Staff | Mar 29, 2018

Join First Baptist Church of Cape Coral this Easter Sunday for a sunrise service on the river.

Dr. James Wigton, First Baptist Church of Cape Coral senior pastor, said they have held a sunrise Easter service for the past 35 years, five of which he has conducted.

The church sets up hundreds of chairs at Jaycee Park, alongside the river, which typically attracts between 300 to 500 people depending on how Early Easter falls.

“It’s for the whole community because we have lots of visitors that go to other churches,” Wigton said. “We consider it a community wide service.”

The service starts promptly at 6:30 a.m. with the sun rising in the middle of the mass. Coffee and donuts are provided before and after the service.

“It’s majestic,” said. “I preach on the Resurrection. I will preach what they brought to the tomb. As I preach my back is to the river and the sun is coming up behind me. It makes for a great setting. It’s really special. I don’t get to see it, but everyone else does.”

The service, Wigton said is a favorite of the whole year for many people.

During the service, he said they always take a mission offering.

“We are sending it away for the cause of Christ,” Wigton said.

The service will also offer music by Deputy Sheriff Tim Gerstner.

“It’s a great time of the year and a great way to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ,” he said.

Jaycee Park is at 4125 SE 20th Place at the end of Beach Parkway off Del Prado Boulevard.