Ready to celebrate: Cherokee residents prepare for Easter Sunday
by Rebecca Johnston
April 19, 2014 04:00 AM | 6390 views | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Kay Byrd adjusts an Easter lily display at Heritage Baptist Fellowship church on Friday. All around Cherokee County, residents are preparing to celebrate Easter Sunday.<br>Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Kay Byrd adjusts an Easter lily display at Heritage Baptist Fellowship church on Friday. All around Cherokee County, residents are preparing to celebrate Easter Sunday.
Staff/C.B. Schmelter
Traditions abound as Cherokee County churches and residents prepare to mark what is considered the most significant observance of the Christian calendar.

This year will mark the 35th Easter Sunrise Worship Service at the Cherokee Memorial Park in Canton. Started by the Rev. Charles Davis and local radio personality Byron Dobbs, this year’s event will begin at 6:45 a.m. on Sunday.

Davis, who is with the Canton Community Church and helped start the event, said he chose the memorial park in south Canton because it offers a wonderful view of the sun coming up and is a beautiful spot for the service.

Davis said he always hopes and prays for a good crowd for the event. In case of rain, the service will be in the mausoleum.

The 66th annual Easter Parade started by the late Mildred Holmes of Hickory Log Church is set for 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The parade will begin at Cherokee High School on Marietta Highway and end at Ralph J. Bunche School on Belletta Drive in Canton.

The family of Holmes along with the North Canton Fire Department are sponsoring the event.

Following the parade activities including games, an egg hunt and refreshments will be available at Hickory Log Church for those participating and watching the parade.

Those wishing to be in the parade should fill out an entry form. Entry forms may be picked up at the North Canton Fire Department. For more information contact Chief James P. Morris Sr. at (770) 479-2994 or Charles Holmes at (770) 720-7918.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church celebrates Easter Sunday with a sunrise service with Holy Communion at 7 a.m. Easter worship services with Holy Communion are at 8 and 11 a.m. and Praise Worship with Holy Communion is at 9:30 a.m. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is at 1208 Rose Creek Drive, at the intersection of Eagle Drive, in the Towne Lake section of Woodstock.

Bascomb United Methodist Church will have Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at the chapel, followed by a pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. Easter services will be at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services as regularly scheduled, with confirmation at the 9 a.m. service.

Waleska United Methodist Church, Heritage Fellowship Baptist, Red Sea Church, Shoal Creek Baptist and others will gather for an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. at the Waleska United Methodist Church lawn, followed by breakfast. The church is at 7340 Reinhardt College Pkwy. in Waleska.

Heritage Baptist Fellowship is having a children’s Easter story, snacks and egg hunt at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to bring a basket and a friend.

Sunday School is at 9:45 a.m. and Worship Service at 11 a.m. Everyone in invited to bring fresh flowers out of their yards to place on the Easter Cross. The church is 3615 Reinhardt College Pkwy. in Canton.

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