How a smaller congregation celebrates a traditional Easter (Sun-Times Media)

by Emily McFarlan Miller

This article is meant to be read alongside “Easter a production of faith at Willow Creek megachurch” by my colleague at The Courier-News, Mike Danahey.

Senior Pastor Paris Donehoo at First Congregational Church in downtown Elgin said he’s seen other older, more traditional churches try to duplicate the flashy services put on by churches such as Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, and “it’s really sad to watch.”

“I look at it this way: I tell our folks all the time, ‘Let’s do what we’re good at doing.’ We don’t have the size or the resources or the numbers to reproduce what Willow Creek is doing, nor is that the character of our congregation,” Donehoo said.

Instead, the oldest congregation in what once was known as the “City of Churches,” part of the United Church of Christ, looks back even further in time for the inspiration for its Holy Week services.

For the rest of the story, visit How a smaller congregation celebrates a traditional Easter (Sun-Times Media).

Photo credit: Michael Smart for Sun-Times Media.

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