Apr 24, 2011 5:10 PM by Matt Stafford

Sunrise service tradition for Colorado Springs hanging on

After getting to Acacia Park early Easter morning, many were fueling up on coffee to fight the cold.

"It's kind of a challenge to see what it's like in the morning," says Elly Singer. "Sometimes you think God is the only one awake early in the morning!"

With the weather that blew in the night before, many wondered what the crowd would look like Easter morning.

"We thought, well, there's not going to be too many but there's more than what I thought would be here," says Beverly Roberts, all coming out for the sunrise service. The Street Church has hosted one in Acacia Park the last three years.

"When you say you're going to hold a service you have to be committed to that and not get off path," explains Robert Moran, founder of The Street Church. He says consistency is key when building a young tradition. He wasn't about to cancel this year because of weather.

"When we say we're going to have an Easter sunrise service, we're going to have it -- regardless of what the weather is," says Moran, to him a sunrise service is important to have in a community.

"It's been a while since I've been to a sunrise service," Singer says. The last one she went to was in the Garden of the Gods, where they had been from the 1920s until 2002. It was an atmosphere singer enjoyed.

"Good, big crowd," says Singer. "I thought it was kind of a bummer when they quit doing that."

There were also a couple of tries at America the Beautiful Park, but they didn't last.

Singer is happy to see the tradition is still alive this year

"I would expect it's going to catch on and it's going to grow," says Singer; at least that what she hopes.

For more on The Street Church, click here.


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