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Jones Beach Easter Service
April 1 @ 6:30 am
The Long Island Council of Churches invites one and all to its annual Ecumenical Easter Dawn worship service at Jones Beach State Park on April 1 at 6:30 a.m. The service will be led by people from many denominations and people of all faiths are welcome.
The preacher will be the Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue, a retired United Methodist clergyman and Executive Director Emeritus of the Council. He also will tell a story to children (and the young at heart) from his collection “Sharing the Good News with Children,” published by Franciscan Media. Liturgical dancers from St. David’s Episcopal Church in Cambria Heights, led by Carol Callendar, will perform. In addition, the Bethpage New Apostolic Church choir and the men’s choir from Woodbury New Apostolic Church will both sing. Other worship leaders will include the Rev. Ron Garner, pastor of Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, the Rev. Moira Ahearne from Community Presbyterian Church in Merrick and Yolanda Murray from the LICC’s Freeport office.
The Council of Churches has been hosting this annual event for many years. “It has grown steadily over the past fifteen years or so,” Goodhue noted, “drawing hundreds of people from all sorts of backgrounds. Easter celebrates something completely unexpected, Jesus being raised from the dead and God triumphing over injustice. This worship service always celebrates the Resurrection in some way that is fresh and new. This year we will have the liturgical dancers from Cambria Heights for the first time and two choirs from the New Apostolic Church, the newest denomination to join the Council of Churches. I’m glad to be leading it one more time.”
The service will begin at 6:30 a.m. at Jones Beach State Park, Parking Field 6. This is just east of the East Bathhouse, which itself is east of the Wantagh Parkway. Look for a large blue Long Island Council of Churches banner. The service will be brief (about 30 minutes) and fairly informal. Dress warmly and bring a blanket or beach chair. Donations for the LICC’s emergency food pantries and monetary contributions for the pantries will be gladly received.