Easter at Royston

WELCOME TO EASTER AT ROYSTON!

Welcome! We are excited you are looking for information about celebrating Easter at Royston, and we hope you find the following information helpful as you look for a place to celebrate Easter this year. If at any time you have a question, please feel free to contact our church office at 706-245-7402 or office@roystonfirstumc.org. 

Here are few quick things to know about celebrating Easter at Royston First UMC:

  • There is a place for you! Whether you prefer a classic and traditional worship service, or a more contemporary and modern worship experience, we have a place for you. We feel blessed with many different musicians and talented individuals, and we love to worship God in genuine and authentic ways in each of our Sunday morning services.
  • While on campus at Royston First UMC, please feel free to visit one of our Guest Services areas if you need help. The Guest Services areas are located in the gathering areas outside the Gym and the Sanctuary.
  • As you experience God at Royston First UMC, we invite you to share your experience with others through social media. Please be sure to use our hashtag, #EasterAtRoyston, so we can help share your experience.
  • If you have any questions during your visit to Royston First UMC, please feel free to ask someone for help. We consider ourselves a friendly bunch of people and would like to help serve you.

TIMES AND LOCATIONS

SUNDAY MORNING SERVICES
First Place Contemporary | 8:45 AM (Gym)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Praise Band leading music  

A modern worship experience that blends today’s music with timeless teaching. A light breakfast and coffee is available each Sunday before worship. 

Traditional Worship Service | 11:00 AM (Sanctuary)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Chancel Choir leading music

A classic worship experience that includes traditional hymns, ancient creeds and liturgical readings, and a biblical and inspirational message.


ASH WEDNESDAY
February 26 // 6:30 PM
A service to remember our human mortality, sin, and need for a Savior.

LENTEN CANTATA
April 5 // 11:00 AM

Led by Karen Smith
(We will still have a worship service at 8:45 AM in the gym)

EASTER EGG HUNT FOR KIDS
April 5 // 4:00-6:00 PM

HOLY WEEK TENEBRAE SERVICE
April 9 // 6:30 PM


EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES

6:45 AM | Sunrise Service
At the Royston Wellness Park
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Music led by Jerry Black and Barbara Gandy

8:45 AM | Modern Easter Celebration (Gym)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
First Place Praise Team leading music

11:00 AM | Classic Easter Celebration (Sanctuary)
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Music led by Chancel Choir


WHAT IS LENT?

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Easter Sunday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.

THE EASTER CELEBRATION IS MEANT TO BE SHARED

Share your favorite Easter experience and photos, and use #EasterAtRoyston to share it with others on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).

SIGN UP TO SERVE

It takes many different hands to pull off any type of Easter celebration! We are looking for people who can help us with each of our Easter events and services. Please let us know how you would be willing to help make Easter at Royston a wonderful experience for everyone who comes to Royston First UMC.

PLAN YOUR VISIT

WHERE DO I GO WHEN I GET THERE?
Parking is available behind the church and on in front of the gym. Additional parking is available at Northeast Georgia Bank and, if there is not a funeral scheduled, you can also park at Pruitt Funeral Home. As you’re walking to the building, our greeting team will meet you and show you where to find the Sanctuary, Gym, restrooms, and nursery. If you need anything throughout the day—mints, ear plugs, a Bible, or a pen—feel free to ask someone wearing a red lanyard. We try to be a friendly bunch, and we’d love to serve you.

HOW LONG IS THE SERVICE?
Our Sunday morning services typically last about one hour and five minutes. We start by singing three to four songs. Then our pastor or a guest speaker preaches.

Some of our special services and events during Lent (including Easter Sunday) typically will last about an hour. All of our Easter services will include singing and an inspirational message from our pastor.

If you’re visiting for the first time, you’ll want to give yourself a few extra minutes to find your seat and get situated. You are important to us and we would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Don’t feel like you have to dress up. Most people wear casual attire, and some people wear coat and tie. You are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable.

CAN I ATTEND IF I’M ____________?
Go ahead and fill in the blank with whatever fear you have about not being accepted: divorced, single parent, broke, recovering addict, gay, atheist, skeptic, etc. At Royston First UMC, we believe that every person matters to God and all are welcome. No matter where you are in life, we have a place for you!

FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY

NURSERY FOR INFANTS AND PRESCHOOL AGE CHILDREN
Childcare for infants through preschool will be provided every Sunday at 8:45 and 11:00 AM. Childcare is available for all of our services and events during Lent that are held on campus.

FAMILY WORSHIP FOR CHILDREN AGES 5 AND UP
Easter is such an important day for all Christians to come together to worship, and we feel that our children should be included in the worship experience so that families can experience the joy, wonder, and excitement of Easter together. We are excited about this opportunity!

DIRECTIONS

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Still need more information? Contact our church office at 706-245-7402.

We look forward to worshipping with you at Royston First United Methodist Church!