FORT WORTH, Texas--()--Reaching out to its Downtown neighbors and those throughout the greater Fort Worth community looking for a unique Easter Sunday experience this year, First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth offers an out-of-the-basket alternative.
“People come to faith in Christ and live out that faith in different ways”
“Whether or not you belong to a church, Easter is a time to celebrate life and one another as blessings,” says Rev. Tom McDermott, associate pastor and award-winning children’s author, First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth. “In creating this Easter festival, we wanted to provide an opportunity for families to come together and celebrate God’s presence in the world in a unique and multisensory way. By involving song, movement, nature, and hands-on activities for all ages to stimulate all the senses — not to mention plenty of good food — this celebration will be a feast for the senses.”
“There is something about Easter that makes us want to be outdoors,” says Charles Gaby, celebration leader. Charles is a psychotherapist who speaks at the FUMC eleven:eleven celebrations each week, exploring a psycho-spiritual approach to living more fully. “When I think of Easter I want to dance and sing. I want to shed from my life all that is stagnant and dead. I want to resurrect the natural creation that I am and open myself to the wonder of life. Music is the language of the heart — and when combined with lyrics that speak to our deepest longings, can be transformative.”
The FUMC Fort Worth eleven:eleven celebration began in 2003 to provide a nontraditional worship experience as an extension of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Worth faith community. "People come to faith in Christ and live out that faith in different ways,” says FUMC Fort Worth Senior Pastor Tim Bruster. “The eleven:eleven experience is one of the ways that people within our congregation celebrate their faith and acknowledge how God is at work in their lives and in our world. It is an important entry point into our faith community."
For more information about the eleven:eleven easter festival or eleven:eleven celebration, please visit www.1111celebration.org.