Easter Outreach Events Reach Thousands and Plants Seeds for the Kingdom

The doors of the Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Church opened Easter weekend to receive more than 700 people who came to experience The Borrowed Tomb, an Easter musical. With a cast of more than 50 people, colorful costumes, professional lighting, special effects and a gripping story, the performances made an impact on many.

"It just gets better year after year," one attendee says. "I came expecting a typical church performance but was blown away with the amount of detail, preparation and talent."

"It was incredible!" adds another.

Despite all the positive feedback, Daniela Larson and Jo Anne Bell, play directors, agree the highlight of the weekend was the six people who accepted Christ as their personal Savior as a result of the drama: "This is why we put in the hours and obsess over every detail."

This is the fourth year the Coeur d’Alene Church has performed an Easter play as a gift to the community. No offering is taken during any of the performances, and with each passing year they see more visitors.

"We love seeing new faces and members excited about bringing friends. It is a confirmation that we are doing something that is resonating with our community," says Mike Larson, Coeur d’Alene Church family life pastor.

Several other Upper Columbia Conference (UCC) churches also held community outreach events Easter weekend. More than 3,600 people attended when the Spokane Valley (Wash.) Church presented Journey to the Cross for the fifth consecutive year. The Yakima (Wash.) Church welcomed more than 300 community members to their Easter play.

Are you interested in starting seed-planting activities in your community? When you take time get to know people in your community and build friendships, you open the door for the Holy Spirit to work through you to reach people for the kingdom. Contact the UCC discipleship department for more ideas, training and information.

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