POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. — A unique parade is returning in April with churches from around the area recreating Biblical scenes associated with the Easter observance.
This year’s Easter Parade, takes place at 11 am., Saturday, April 8 with lineup at Point Pleasant High School – the parade will end behind Piggly Wiggly. Church entries must be lined up by 9:30 a.m., all other entrees must be lined up by 10 a.m. The parade is sponsored by Mason County Teens for Life and so far, includes churches from Mason County, W.Va. and Gallia County, Ohio which are providing themed floats.
List of confirmed participants and parade themes include: Nativity by Leon Methodist, Leon W.Va. Wise Men Still Seek Him (The Magi) by Heights UM Church, Point Pleasant, W.Va. Jesus Teaching In The Temple (age 12) by New Beginnings Baptist Church, Point Pleasant. John Baptizing Jesus by Pleasant Valley Church, Point Pleasant. I Will Make You Fishers of Men by Trinity UM Church, Point Pleasant. Sermon On The Mount by Point Pleasant Presbyterian Church. The Miracles Of Jesus by Life Springs Church, Point Pleasant. Jesus Feeds 5000 by Gospel Lighthouse Church, Point Pleasant. Peter Walks On Water by Fairview Church, Letart, W.Va. Mary Magdalene Washes The Feet Of Jesus by Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Fraziers Bottom, W.Va. The Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday) by First Church of the Nazarene, Point Pleasant. Jesus Drives the Moneychangers out of the Temple by Harvey Chapel Church, Leon. Last Supper by College Hill Church, Crab Creek, W.Va. Garden Of Gethsemane by Gospel Lighthouse Community Church on W.Va. 87 Mt. Alto, W.Va. Jesus Before the Caiaphas by Point of Faith Church, Point Pleasant. Peter Denies Peter by Point of Faith Church, Point Pleasant. Jesus Before Herod, Jesus Before Pilate the Governor by First Church of God, Point Pleasant. Jesus, Mocked, Robed, Crowned, Jesus Carrying the Cross by Jackson Avenue Baptist, Point Pleasant, (will be portrayed on the ground not on a float). Jesus Being Nailed to the Cross by Pleasant View Church, Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va. Crucifixion by Vinton Baptist, Vinton, Ohio. Resurrection of Jesus by Grace Baptist Church, Point Pleasant.
Unconfirmed themes are: Lazarus Come Forth. Jesus The Good Shepherd. Let the Little Children Come Unto Me. Burial of Jesus.
Themes in definite need of a sponsor are: Jesus Before Herod. Jesus, Mocked, Robed, Crowned.
There is more room for even more churches and other themes available, according to organizers.
Organizers are also extending an invitation to participate in the Easter Parade to local 4-H groups, sports teams, queens, marching groups, etc. If interested, please contact Wayne Sanders 1-304-812-8132. Sanders is the Mason/Putnam Counties Right to Life President and the overseer for this event. There will be a finalization meeting for the parade on Saturday, March 17 at 10 a.m. at the Point of Faith Church, Point Pleasant.
Churches and area ministries are invited to set up an information table in front of Willa’s Bible Book Store or The Mason Jar the day of the parade. This will allow churches to distribute flyers about upcoming Vacation Bible Schools, Church Camps, weekly services, outreaches, etc.
Also, Teens for Life will be collecting canned food items on parade day. These items will be donated to the food pantry in Mason, W.Va. A drop off station will be located at the Mason County Courthouse. Contact Teshia Porter for more information at 304-593-6463.
Inclement weather reschedule date for the parade is Saturday, April 15 at 11 a.m.
Information submitted by Denise Bonecutter.