It’s Easter Sunday and that means many people in Omaha attended church. While some congregations met at their usual building, others opted for larger venues instead.
When the Holland Performing Arts Center is this packed, it usually means there’s a concert or play going on, but not on this Sunday. Instead, the venue was packed with worshipers, members of Coram Deo Church and their guests.
"It's a unique opportunity for God's people to really celebrate in a grand way on Easter Sunday,” said Pastor Justin Curtis.
The congregation normally meets at a church building and has two services, but on Easter Sunday they wanted everyone to be together and be able to invite others. “There’s something fun about celebrating together as a family,” said Curtis.
Many church members love the idea, including Erick Whigham. “We love the gospel. We love how beautiful it is, that Jesus died to save sinners and so to come to a beautiful venue to get to worship him on the day when we celebrate his resurrection and what he's done, it's just a great opportunity for us to bring those things into alignment."
They weren’t the only ones opting for a bigger venue this Easter. Many also gathered at the CenturyLink Center where the Kings of Kings held a service. Also, New Creation Church chose SkateDaze skating rink instead of their usual facility.
"Our church is all about creating relevant, relational environments where people can experience real life change and what's more relevant and relational then getting out on a skating rink and doing something different,” said Pastor Jay Newland. They had the service on the rink, then were able to skate with their families afterwards.
All these churches chose a different location, but say their message is the same. “On Easter it's all about celebrating Christ is risen and getting families together to connect and connect to God,” said Newland.