Hundreds gather for Easter morning service

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Beaches Ministerial Association held an Easter morning service at the Seawalk Pavilion in Jacksonville Beach.

Services started at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning. This marks the 66th year the association has held the interdenominational service.

“For my family, it’s kind of a tradition every year. It’s really nice. You get to get up early and worship and you have the rest of the day to do what you want and have fun, whether you go out to eat or go back and relax. So, it’s just kind of a great start for the day,” Blake Frutchey said.

“The significance is that on the third day, after Jesus’ death, the women came and found the tomb empty. And so it was at sunrise at that point in time. So since that day, we have celebrated, as Christian people worldwide, we celebrate the idea of that,” Melinda Goins said.

Following the event, Community Presbyterian held an Easter Egg hunt at the church in Atlantic Beach.