On Easter Sunday, one local church opened their doors to invite anyone from the community, whether they’re church members or not.
Freedom “A Church Without Walls” broke down the walls and opened their doors to whoever wanted to hear the word on resurrection Sunday.
Pastor Herbert Johnson, or Pastor Jay, said you can have fun and still get fulfilled at the same time.
“I want the community to know that it’s okay to have fun and develop your faith at the same time,” said Pastor Jay.
Pastory Jay wanted to do something different to celebrate easter Sunday.
“I think that sometimes people think that faith is judgemental and they think that there’s something gloomy about faith, but we want people to enjoy life, to live their best life now and to experience peace happiness and joy,” said Pastor Jay.
Living up to its name, Pastor Jay opened the doors of Freedom “A Church Without Walls” by inviting the community for Sunday’s celebration.
Hundreds of people flocked to the church and after delivering a message of hope, despite challenges, it was time for the young children celebrate too.
“We’re also going to have a spiritual component where we learn about Jesus because we feel this is our opportunity to merge faith and fun, so we want people to have a good time as we celebrate Jesus,” said Pastor Jay. “We’re going to have a Fortnite challenge, we’re going to have the traditional easter eggs and cotton candy, we’re also going to have line dancing and a soul train line.”
Sunday’s event is how the church members want the people who visited to remember them by.
“Freedom Without Church walls is a very welcoming church and we allow anyone to come, you come as you are because you’re not coming for people you’re coming, so that you’re coming so that you’re saved,” said Shay Herman, Praise Dance leader.
It’s celebrations like these that they say is the reason behind the season.
“We want to bring people to Christ, we want to ensure that each and every person knows that God loves them, Jesus loves them and just provide that importance and just know that we are one body of Christ and we just want to bring everyone in,” Herman said.
Freedom Church is held every Sunday at 11:15 a.m. at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.