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Easter Sunrise Service planned at VOC Community Church of Nazarene

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April 4, 2021, is Easter Sunday.

Since 2009, the VOC Community Church of the Nazarene (VocNaz) has been hosting the annual VOC Community Easter Sunrise Service in the VOCA park at 6:30 a.m., with a Community Potluck later in the day at VocNaz.

Instead, due to social distancing, VocNaz will again host a Drive-In Easter service in their parking lot at 10:30 a.m., with no Easter potluck after.

Last year’s Drive-In Easter service was well attended and those present expressed gratitude for the opportunity to get out of their homes and gather with other people in a safe open-air setting.

Pastor Jim Cunningham said Drive-In Church came about last year as national quarantines were implemented. The church was deeply concerned about people in our community.

“The effects of isolation are well-documented and include depression, anxiety, social detachment, increased violence and thoughts of self-harm. While we are concerned about their physical health, people are more than physical beings. We’re also concerned for their emotional, mental and spiritual health. Last year at this time we were looking for a way folks could get out of the house, experience ‘togetherness’ and still be safe within their own space. Drive-In Church seemed to be the best option.”

The entire service is outdoors, with sound equipment, live musicians, and the pastor’s message. Communion will be served to all desiring to participate, using commercially prepackaged juice and bread.

The elements were prepared under sanitary conditions and will be distributed in the same manner as you drive into the parking lot.

You can find Drive-In Church Sundays at 10:30 a.m. at Village of Oak Creek Community Church of the Nazarene (VocNaz), 55 Rojo Drive, 86351 (Rojo Dr is 1/4 mile south of the Hilton round-a-bout).

If you seek additional information you can contact Pastor Jim at (702) 810-4048, call the church office at (928) 284-0015, or leave a message on their Website www.vocNaz.org or their Facebook page: Village of Oak Creek Church of the Nazarene.

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