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Easter services draw 10,000 to Rockford First

Easter services draw 10,000 to Rockford First

At Rockford First, church leaders know they'll draw huge crowds on the big religious holidays, Christmas and Easter. "It's really a pretty significant thing, it's the centerpiece of our faith," says Lead Pastor Jeremy Deweerdt.  

But today's numbers were near record breaking. Deweerdt says, "We are actually expecting 10,000 people today."

Rockford First's membership, while large, is still just a third of that.  Around three-thousand worshipers. That means today, many travel from other communities to celebrate at the church.  "People are driving in from as far away as an hour away, from southern Wisconsin, from down in Dekalb, Freeport area," says Deweerdt.  

It's easy to see why so many are drawn to the service, with its high energy rock concert atmosphere. But getting ready for such a production is no easy feat.  "We prepare for Easter for literally months. We are starting way back in December and January."

And it's not just the service that draws people in. The church also puts on 28 different Easter egg hunts for the kids throughout the day. Rockford First Kids Director Betsy Frost says, "So when we can come together and do something that kids are excited about, but we also share with them something that we think is incredibly important to their lives and to their future, then when we just package it all together, it makes for a really special day..

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