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

EASTER EGG HUNT FOR KIDS
April 14 // 12:30-2:30 PM

LENTEN CANTATA
The Canticle of the Cross

April 14 // 6:00 PM
Led by Karen Smith

Inspired by Celtic music traditions, this moving work presents Christ’s journey to the cross. Utilizing folk songs, hymns and newly composed sacred songs, the music adorns the heart felt message of God’s love and grace displayed in Christ’s redemptive work on Calvary. A thoughtful narration weaves the movements of the work together with Scripture, prayer and poetry, while delivering a reflective message of hope and assurance. 

MAUNDY THURSDAY
April 18 // 7:00 PM (Sanctuary)

Led by Rev. Matt Parker

GOOD FRIDAY
April 19 // 7:00 PM (Gym)

Led by Rev. Matt Parker and
First Place Praise Team


EASTER SUNDAY SERVICES


6:45 AM | Sunrise Service
At the Home of John and Winnie Sullivan
Led by Rev. Matt Parker
Music led by Barbara Gandy

8:45 AM | First Place 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


LENT MESSAGE SERIES

It’s a prayer that many people learn as children: “Our Father, who art in heaven…” As followers of Jesus, we talk about the importance of prayer in our spiritual journey but it is also one of the most difficult practices for many people. Jesus understood the importance of prayer when he taught about prayer to those who were gathered for one of his earliest teachings, and we can learn a lot about our own prayer life when we study Jesus’ teaching on prayer. In this six week Lent message series, we will explore Jesus’ teaching on prayer and learn to pray like Jesus. This series will also include different prayer practices that you can use to help you in the spiritual discipline of prayer.

Messages In This Series
March 10- “Teach Us to Pray” (Matthew 6:5-15)
March 17- “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done” (Luke 22:41-42)
March 24- “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread” (John 6:30-31, 35)
March 31- “Forgive Us As We Forgive Others” (Luke 23:32-34)
April 7- “Lead Us Not Into Temptation” (Matthew 6:9-13)
April 14- “Thine Is The Kingdom…Forever” (Matthew 6:9-13)


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, transgender, 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!

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