Churches celebrate Easter Sunday after cancelling last year

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — After the pandemic cancelled last year’s Easter service, many churches and families in the area were excited to take part in service this year.

For many churches, Easter Sunday is the most important Sunday of the year as it is celebrated as the day Jesus was resurrected.

Many churches have leaned towards live-streaming services during the pandemic but are slowly opening things back up to their members.

“For the Christian, for the believer, Sunday’s are important. Today, especially is important because we celebrate the resurrection today,” said Pastor Terry Clark of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. “Last year we didn’t have service. We still had the highest number of views we had was on resurrection Sunday.”

For St. Benedict Church, Easter weekend consisted of many days of worship including Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Saturday night vigil and Sunday mass.

Even with services still being streamed the church says they are seeing people return to in-person service.

“Slowly more and more people are returning. I believe that has something to do with more people being vaccinated,” said Pastoral Associate Rita Burns Senseman. “Our numbers continue to increase. We look forward to that continuing.”

Though many churches have returned and now have people sitting in the congregation, this Easter was still a little different than usual.

“What’s different is the things we’re not able to do this year. Normally our children would give recitations or do a skit. Some of them would sing,” said Pastor Terry Clark. “Normally we would have goodie bags made up for the children but we didn’t know how many children we were going to have because since the pandemic, we’ve only had a hand full of children.”

Both churches want residents to know that even though services look a little different at this time, churches are always available for help if you need them.

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