POINT PLEASANT — With the Season of Lent already under way, Easter is fast approaching as is the third annual Mason County Easter Parade, which will include a unique twist this year with churches from Mason, Cabell and Gallia counties.
This year’s Easter Parade is at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 19 and begins at the Mason County Board of Education office, traveling south on Main Street.
The Mason County Teens for Life, which hosts the parade, are pursuing an attempt to portray the Easter story in a panoramic way. Local churches are coming together to help make this possible by committing to a float and/or entry which will portray a Biblical scene.
According to organizers, there has been a “remarkable response and many churches are excited to be participating.”
Here is a list of the participating churches and Easter parade themes: Nativity, Leon Methodist, Leon; Peter Walks on Water, Creston Church, Leon; Sermon on the Mount, Presbyterian Church, Point Pleasant; Palm Sunday, First Church of the Nazarene, Point Pleasant; Last Supper, Grace Baptist, Point Pleasant; Garden of Gethsemane, Gospel Lighthouse Community Church on 87; Jesus Before Pilate the Governor, First Church of God, Point Pleasant; Jesus Before Herod, Mud River Baptist Church, Ona; Jesus, Mocked, Robed, Fairview Bible Church, Letart; Jesus Carrying Cross, Jackson Avenue Baptist, Point Pleasant; Jesus Being Nailed to the Cross, Pleasant View Church, Gallipolis Ferry; Crucifixion, Vinton Baptist, Vinton, Ohio; Burial of Jesus, New Hope Bible Baptist Church, Point Pleasant; Resurrection of Jesus, Krebs Chapel United Methodist Church, Point Pleasant; Roman Soldiers on Horseback, Point of Faith, Point Pleasant.
There are still themes which are in need of a church to create and sponsor a float and/or entry. Those themes are: Jesus teaching in the temple (Jesus at age 12); John baptizing Jesus; Mary Magdalene washes the feet of Jesus; The miracles of Jesus (Jesus heals lepers, blind, possessed, dead etc.); and Jesus Before Caiaphas the high priest.
Churches which would like to take part in creating one of these remaining themes can contact Denise Bonecutter at 304-593-6939 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There will be a first-, second- and third-place award given for the church entries. The judges will be looking for scriptural correctness and overall best appearance. All Biblical floats are to be in the lineup by 10 a.m. for judging which will take place at 10:30 a.m. with First Place $150, Second Place $100 and Third Place $50. Also, organizes are asking that the Biblical floats do not throw out candy or other items as it will serve as a distraction from the message that they are hoping to convey.
In addition, anyone who wishes to participate in the parade with their own float or group, independent of a theme, are welcome to join. If fact, invitations to participate in the Easter parade are also being extended to local 4-H groups, sports teams, queens, marching groups, etc. If interested, contact Brandi Varian, Teens for Life president at 1-304-674-5798. Lineup for entries which are not churches, is 10:30 a.m. the day of the parade.
Also, the Teens for Life will be collecting canned food items the day of the parade. These items will be donated to God’s House of Hope Food Pantry in Hartford. A drop-off station will be located at the Mason County Courthouse during the parade. There will be Teens for Life members on hand to assist those making donations. For more information, contact Teshia Porter at 304-593-6463.
In addition, several churches will be setting up information tables in front of Willa’s Bible Book Store and The Mason Jar the day of the parade, making available flyers about upcoming Vacation Bible Schools, church camps, weekly services, outreaches, etc.
Wayne Sanders is the Mason/Putnam Counties Right to Life president and the overseer for this event. He can be reached at 1-304-812-8132.
Information for this article provided by Denise Bonecutter.