Haywood celebrates Easter
In Haywood County, Easter is celebrated in a way that gives the day the attention it deserves.
Many churches across the county began marking Holy Week Wednesday and have events scheduled daily through Easter Sunday. While the faith community is always welcoming to those who only attend services sporadically, special outreach efforts are made during Easter to welcome newcomers — or those whose faith has been stuck or languishing.
For years now, Waynesville churches work together on a “Cross Walk” where church leaders and members take turns carrying a cross through the downtown area. The walk will start at 10:45 a.m. Friday, March 29, at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street, and proceed to First Baptist Church. Participating churches include First Baptist, First Methodist, First Presbyterian, Grace Episcopal and St. John Catholic. There will be scripture readings and reflections. After the walk, Grace Church in the Mountains will host a soup and bread lunch for all.
There will also be a cross walk in Fines Creek at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fines Creek Memorial Baptist Church that includes gospel singing.
There are a number of musical celebrations planned in conjunction with church services scheduled for this weekend, and many churches are holding sunrise services in addition to adhering to their regular schedule. There are also special music events and Easter egg hunts planned across the county. Specific information on many of the events can be found in The Mountaineer’s calendar of events, both in print and online.
Easter is marked by the joy of eternal salvation. Enjoy this weekend where there are many ways and places to celebrate the occasion in Haywood County.