Grace Chapel of Pickwick is inviting the community to join them for a pair of special Easter services.

The church, now home again in its original location at Freddy T’s in the famous curve at Pickwick, will offer services on Easter Sunday at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. along with a free takeaway lunch from The Rooftop for all who attend.

Pastor Don Elliott said they’re excited to welcome the community of Pickwick and the surrounding areas for a morning of worship featuring a full band and a pair of messages focused on the resurrection of Christ.

The pastor said the past year has taught them many lessons and among them is the importance of worshipping together in person as much as possible.

“Church is more than just the music and message, it’s believers fellowshipping with other believers as we worship,” he said.

The year 2020 brought numerous challenges for the church, which began at Freddy T’s as an outreach to the entire community of full-time and part-time residents as well as visitors to the Pickwick area.

When the pandemic began they initially went online only for a couple of months and then held an outdoor service for Mother’s Day.

They found a new home for much of the year in the former Fred’s building where they could take advantage of its 15,000 square feet to spread out for safe and comfortable social distancing.

That ended at the close of 2020 as the building was sold to another tenant and the decision was made to move back to where they began at Freddy T’s.

Elliott said the return to the popular restaurant has felt like coming home.

Attendance has risen steadily since the start of the year and they’re continuing to observe all COVID-related precautions including the use of masks, sanitizing the building, hand sanitizer use, social distancing and more.

“I’m feeling really encouraged. It’s been extremely exciting to come back to Freddy T’s,” he said.

Learn more about Grace Chapel by visiting grace chapelpickwick.com or following them on Facebook, Youtube and Instagram.

Banner Independent Editor

Managing editor of the Daily Corinthian’s sister newspaper, Booneville’s Banner-Independent, Brant Sappington has been a member of the Daily Corinthian family since 2001.

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