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Everyone is invited to spend Easter Sunday at the Toyota Music Factory.

Christ Church Irving, in partnership with Bear Creek Community Church and Irving Church are hosting a massive, combined Easter Sunday worship service at the newly-opened Toyota Music Factory. Greg Beauchamp, co-pastor of Christ Church Irving, is inviting all of Irving to come out and celebrate.

“For the entire community of Irving, we wanted to put together something that could capture people’s attention and let them come and enjoy this special day,” Beauchamp said. “When we saw the Toyota Music Factory being built, we thought ‘Wow, that would be a great venue to use! It’s going to be new and a lot of people will have not have seen it yet. Why don’t we have Easter there?’ We booked the Toyota Music Factory, and we’re inviting the entire city.”

The service will feature music from all three churches, a massive egg hunt on the lawn for the younsters, and guest speaker Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, former wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders, Carolina Panthers, and Dallas Cowboys. The service is expected to bring in nearly 4,000 guests to the Music Factory and is the biggest service Christ Church Irving has ever put on. Keith Luttrell, co-pastor of Christ Church Irving, said last year, the church had to put on four separate services to accommodate everyone who came for Easter.

“We had four worship gatherings last year, starting at 8:15 in the morning and going all the way to 1:30 in the afternoon,” Luttrell said. “We had to have four different worship gatherings to house all those people. Well, now we’re going to be able to have one huge one at 10:30 a.m. at the Music Factory.”

Huge crowds are always expected at any church on Easter Sunday. But by having this year’s service at the Music Factory, Beauchamp hopes it will encourage even more people to come out and celebrate by removing the bias some people have against visiting a church building.

“People love that they can invite their friends to come to an Easter service, but they’re not having to invite them to a church building,” Beauchamp said. “Some people are going to go to church on Easter, and that’s not their hang-up. Their hang-up is they have to go to ‘a church.’ In this case, they can go celebrate Easter, but they can do it at a neutral site.”

“If you have a church home, go there,” Luttrell said. “If not, come to the Toyota Music Factory.”

The Irving Easter Celebration will take place Sunday, April 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Toyota Music Factory. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., and it is highly encouraged people arrive early to ensure parking. All info can be found at www.IrvingEaster.com.