First Easter at the Ballpark brings thousands for worship
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NORTH JACKSON — An Easter service brings more than 6,000 people out to the Ballpark at Jackson. Although the venue was different, church leaders say the purpose is to bring West Tennesseans the same message. “I never thought I’d have a church service at Pringles Park,” said Andy Hannahford, one of many who filed in for the day of worship. Englewood Baptist Church brought music, prayer and inspiration. “I thought it was really cool having it here at the ballpark instead of having three services,” church member Janice Hunt said. “We could all come together and worship as one body and just all of us here together, I thought that was really cool.” No ticket stubs were needed for the thousands that entered. “I just thought, ‘what a blessing,’ and so many people were reached,” Hunt said. “It’s just about having everybody here to lift up the name and celebrate that Jesus was risen from the dead, and I think that’s really incredible,” Hannahford said. Some Englewood members said even with a view of the interstate and a scoreboard, the meaning of the day remains the same. “Ladies and gentlemen, we’re here today because Jesus refused to stay in the grave,” Englewood Baptist Church Pastor Jordan Easley said to the crowd. Whether it was the songs of praise or the sermon, some in attendance say Easter in the diamond was no foul ball. “It was awesome!” Hunt said. “I could not have been more spirit-filled. It was wonderful.” The day was a home run out of the park, with the service capping off with a helicopter flying over the venue dropping thousands of eggs onto the field from the sky.