WOODBURN & RICH POND, Ky. (WBKO) -- A decades-old holy tradition between the Woodburn and Rich Pond Baptist Churches will be revisited this coming Easter Sunday.
Woodburn Baptist Church Worship Pastor Rod Ellis says this year, the tradition is being held at his place of worship.
"Sunday morning at 6:30, folks from Rich Pond Baptist Church will join with our folks here at Woodburn Baptist and we will celebrate the resurrection."
Rich Pond Baptist Church Pastor of Administration Jim Krutza says the tradition of partnering up on Easter Sunday is filled with a fun itinerary.
"Rich Pond Baptist Church and Woodburn have been getting together for a long, long time. One church hosts the other church, and the church that is hosting takes care of breakfast. We get together and eat together after the worship service, and the other preacher from the other church preaches that service."
An early morning partnership that's lasted around 40 years, thanks to one special reason, according to Pastors Rod Ellis and Jim Krutza.
"We do it at sunrise because it was very early on the first day of the week when Mary and the other ladies went to the tomb, and so we just want to commemorate that with a special time of worship," Pastor Ellis stated.
"It's the most important week and day of the year for Christians all the way around the world. So, it's not just two communities that are only 5 to 6 miles apart, it's the whole world coming together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It's the reason why we exist," Pastor Krutza added.
With only a few days left till Easter, Pastor Krutza and Pastor Ellis say they're both personally excited to get to church on Sunday.
"Sure, you like your friends, you like to know the people that you worship with at church, you love your brothers and sisters in Christ at church, but the main reason is that I love Jesus Christ, and what he's done for me," Pastor Krutza mentioned.
"It's just the most exhilarating thing. I love roller coasters, but Easter is better. It's so full of that kind of joy and the life that I think Jesus came to make possible for us," Pastor Ellis stated.
A holy day of celebration tied in with tradition.
Woodburn Baptist Pastor Rod Ellis says Woodburn Baptist is prepared to see around 1,200 church-goers attend Easter service, not counting sunrise service.
A few other nearby churches have Easter services lined up as well:
J.C. Kirby and Son Funeral Chapel is hosting their 23rd annual Sunrise Service at 6:30 in the morning on Easter Sunday at 820 Lovers Lane in Bowling Green, free to anyone wanting to attend.
Crossland Community Church in Bowling Green will kick off Easter celebrations Saturday night during the Bowling Green Hot Rods game on the diamond (around 5:30 pm).
On Saturday morning, BG Crossland Community Church will kick off Easter Fest at the Bowling Green Hot Rods Stadium at 10:00 in the morning, wrapping up around 1:00 in the afternoon. This will include the Easter egg hunt, which will have around 110,000 eggs scattered between the Bowling Green, Barren County, Butler County and Logan County Crossland Community Church campuses.
Easter service for the Bowling Green Crossland Community Church will be at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 in the morning on Sunday.
the Barren County, Logan County and Butler County Crossland campuses will have their Easter services on Sunday at 9:30 and 11:00 in the morning.