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These Hall County churches are holding indoor, outdoor and live-streamed Easter services
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First Baptist Church has placed an Easter Cross in the front lawn of the church. The church plans on holding an Easter service on the lawn. - photo by Scott Rogers

As Holy Week approaches, churches in Hall County are preparing to open their doors to celebrate with Easter Sunday services. 

First Baptist Church of Gainesville

First Baptist Church will hold an outdoor service at 8 a.m. where people can bring their own chairs. The sermon  will be held indoors in the church’s sanctuary at 11 a.m, which will also be livestreamed for people to enjoy at home. Visitors can also partake in a continental breakfast at 9 a.m. after the morning service. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

When: 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, April 4

Where: First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St., Gainesville

More info: fbcgainesville.org 

Gainesville First United Methodist Church

Online registration is required for those attending any of Gainesville First United Methodist Church's in-person Easter services. The church has around 100 remaining seats for its sunrise worship and lakeside service and 49 spots available for its 9 a.m. indoor service, as of Wednesday, March 31. The outdoor sunrise service will be canceled in the event of rain. To make a reservation, visit gfumc.com. Attendees are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. People can also view the Easter service on the church's Facebook page.

When: Seats still available for 7 a.m. sunrise worship and lakeside service and 9 a.m. indoor Easter service, Sunday, April 4

Where: Gainesville First United Methodist Church, 2780 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

More info: gfumc.com

Grace Episcopal Church

Grace Episcopal Church is offering indoor, outdoor and online Easter service options this year.

Sunday, April 4 will begin with the in-person, indoor service at 8:15 a.m, followed by an in-person outdoor service at 9:30 a.m., in its parking lot. Only 75 people are allowed to attend the in-person functions, as the church is following the orders of the diocese. Masks and social distancing are required. For those uncomfortable or unable to visit in person, Grace Espiscopal will provide an online version at 10:45 a.m. To register for an in-person service, visit gracechurchgainesville.org

When: 8:15 a.m. indoor; 9:30 outdoor; 10:45 a.m. online, Sunday, April 4 

Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville

More info: gracechurchgainesville.org  

McEver Road United Methodist Church

McEver Road United Methodist Church is welcoming Hall County residents to their new location to celebrate Easter and worship the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

Since the church has no building, they will hold their drive-in and lawn services at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Easter Sunday. The 11 a.m. service will also be livestreamed on their website, and those joining the church are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or stay in their cars for the function. 

When: 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4 

Where: McEver Road United Methodist Church, 5226 McEver Road, Oakwood

More info: mceverumc.org/discover 

Lakewood Baptist Church

Lakewood Baptist Church is celebrating the resurrection of Christ with a few different services Sunday, April 4.

The day will start with an outdoor sunrise service at 7 a.m., which invites people to listen in their cars or bring their own chairs to the church’s back parking lot. Coffee and doughnuts will be served afterward. The church will then have its traditional services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. in the Crosspoint Chapel, followed by contemporary services at 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. in the Real Life Worship Center. Mask wearing is required in the sanctuary and social distancing is encouraged at all services.

When: 7 a.m. sunrise service, 8:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. traditional services, Sunday, April 4 

Where: Lakewood Baptist Church, 2235 Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville

More info: lakewoodlife.org 

Hopewell Baptist Church

In addition to services, Hopewell Baptist will host a family breakfast of pancakes and sausage at 8 a.m. for members and visitors. Masks and social distancing are recommended.

When: 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4 

Where: Hopewell Baptist Church, 5086 Poplar Springs Road, Gainesville

More info: hopewell.church 

Riverbend Church

Riverbend Church is holding its “Anything Is Possible” services Good Friday through Easter. Masks are recommended for all attendees. 

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 2; 5 p.m. Saturday, April 3; and 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4

Where: Riverbend Church, 1715 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville

More info: riverbendchurch.life 

St. Michael Roman Catholic Church

When: 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Mass in English, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Mass in Spanish, 3 p.m. Mass in Vietnamese Sunday, April 4

Where: St. Michael Roman Catholic Church, 1440 Pearce Circle NE, Gainesville

More info: saintmichael.cc

Poplar Springs Baptist Church

When: 11a.m. Sunday, April 4 

Where: Poplar Springs Baptist Church, 3104 Poplar Springs Church Road, Gainesville

More info: www.psbcgainesville.org 

Free Chapel, Gainesville

When: 7 a.m. sunrise service, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Easter services, Sunday, April 4

Where: Free Chapel, 3001 McEver Road, Gainesville

More info: www.freechapel.org 

Lula Assembly of Praise

When: 11 a.m. Sunday, April 4 

Where: Lula Assembly of Praise, 6158 Carter St., Lula

More info: assemblyofpraise.com 

Chestnut Mountain Church

When: 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, April 4

Where: Chestnut Mountain Church, 4903 Chestnut Mountain Circle, Flowery Branch

More info: chestnutmountain.org 

Christ Place Church

When: 9: 15 a.m. central campus; 11 a.m. north campus, Sunday, April 4 

Where: Christ Place Church, 3428 Atlanta Highway, Flowery Branch

More info: christplace.com 

Lanier Christian Church

When: 7 a.m. Easter sunrise worship service, 10 a.m. Easter worship, 11 a.m. Easter worship, Sunday, April 4

Where: Sunrise service and 10 a.m. Easter worship at Gainesville Marina, 2145 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville; 11 a.m. Easter worship at Lanier Christian Church, 2235 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville

More info: 770-534-1422, lanierchristianchurch.com

To add your Hall County-based church to this article, email Kelsey Podo at kpodo@gainesvilletimes.com.

West Hall Baptist Church

When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 4

Where: West Hall Baptist Church, 5314 McEver Road, Oakwood

More info: westhallbaptist.org

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church

When: 10 a.m. Sunday, April 4

Where: Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 3650 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

More info: phbcgainesville.com

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