Easter is coming, and this year it’s going to look different.
We would have never thought that this season that we’re walking through would have happened. But because of the coronavirus and Louisiana’s stay-at-home order, we’re not able meet at our physical campuses for Easter services. We’re excited about our digital Easter service on April 12 at 9:30 a.m. We want you to join us live on the platform of your choosing.
We encourage you to celebrate Easter Everywhere with us. Whether you’re at home in your bed, in your Sunday best, on a boat, or on your couch, join us for Easter worship.
Click the button to use our Sunday Toolkit to get you ready for Easter Worship.
Help us spread the word
We’ve made some resources for you to share. Download the Easter Everywhere resources to use to let others know that Easter is coming and you want them to join you for worship.
On Easter our church will not be able to gather in-person as we traditionally do. This is heartbreaking because COVID-19 has many people looking for answers to life’s deepest questions and wondering if there is any hope. But how can we share the message of the resurrection with them when we are not allowed to meet?
We believe this obstacle is actually an opportunity — an opportunity to share the gospel with far more people than we typically would on Easter and to empower you to be the primary heralds of that good news.
We’re calling it #EasterEverywhere.
We are going to help prepare you to share your testimony then, on the week leading up to Easter, we will all post our sixty-second videos on social media. Rather than each of us inviting one person to an Easter service, we could each proclaim the gospel to hundreds of non-Christian friends and co-workers.
Share Your Story
We’ve all heard the Gospel called Good News. If you have accepted Jesus as your Savior, you are a messagebearer of that news.
Every one of us has a unique story to tell. One no one else can tell. Yet the hero in all those stories is the same — Jesus!
Click below for a story-sharing guide created to help you think about the shape of your personal story and how Jesus changed it.
Post April 6-12
Then post your story any time April 6-12 with the #EasterEverywhere hashtag and a First West handle (i.e. #EasterEverywhere @firstwest). As soon as they click on the handle, they will go to a page inviting them to an online Easter service where they will hear the gospel clearly preached, learn how to respond with faith, and find how to get connected with us.
Watch these examples of Meghan and Jordan telling their stories.
Here are some best practices for shooting yourself on your phone.
- Simple, clean backdrops are ideal – Avoid distracting backgrounds or crowded spaces.
- In natural light – Avoid backlighting. The main source of light should be facing you, not behind you.
- In artificial light – Avoid standing directly directly below an overhead light or anything else that creates hard shadows. Consider using a stand lamp several feet away for good indirect light.
- Shoot eye level – Shooting from above or below will make you seem diminished or imposing. Eye level communicates accessibility.
- Clean your camera – Make sure the lens of your selfie camera is clean before shooting.
- Shoot Portrait – Align your phone vertically.
We’ve created a guide with examples that you can access here: