Awaken Easter weekend was off the charts. I expected big things, but my expectations were low, apparently! I’ve never seen Awaken function more like a team and a family than I did on Easter weekend. We hustled, and we exhausted ourselves, but souls are worth the exhaustion. We agree with Paul: “I will gladly spend and be spent for souls.” And now that it’s over, we are spent! #EasterHangover.


We had over 200 people show up for Good Friday, so we had to open up our South Venue for overflow. That night, 4 people gave their lives to Christ then celebrated Communion with us…

Worship was ALIVE on Good Friday with the biggest Awaken band we've ever had: NINE musicians in all!

Worship was ALIVE on Good Friday with the biggest Awaken band we’ve ever had: NINE musicians in all!



We took Communion on Good Friday with freshly made unleavened bread.


Over capacity Good Friday crowd


On Saturday, somewhere between 800-1,000 people showed up to our Easter carnival. We ran out of parking, and people were hiking from 3-4 blocks away to get there. Good news: we only had to break up one fight between moms during one of the the Easter egg hunts!

The Easter Carnival was a massive success with lots of games and hundreds of people!

The Easter Carnival was a massive success with lots of games and hundreds of people!


Lots of kids went home with lots of sugar.


Our cotton candy team was hardcore!


Becca, one of our faithful Awaken Connect Team Members ran a carnival game and gave out prizes on Saturday.


5,500 eggs took weeks to stuff and minutes to disappear!


Legit Southern churches have their own uniquely branded corn hole games.


Easter blew our minds. We had 968 people fill our venues to overflowing. Thankfully the weather was nice because we had to seat people outside during our 11am service. There was “no room in the inn!” We also had killer music from The Advice and As Isaac.


As Isaac played to an over-capacity South Venue crowd!


It was a blast to share the Good News of the empty tomb with so many people!


Awaken Kids was hopping all weekend long as kids celebrated the cross and the empty tomb.


The Advice brought their “rock-n-soul” to the North Venue!


As Isaac led worship and some original songs in the South Venue.


The Advice leading worship to an over-capacity crowd.

Since Jesus holds the keys the Death and Hades (Revelation 1:18), He came to lock up sin and unlock those enslaved to sin. Every single service, we got to see people respond to the Gospel.

We had 4 kids give their lives to Jesus at Awaken Kids and 10 people in our 3 services. Over all, 18 people surrendered to Christ over Good Friday and Easter weekend!

Thanks to all who did their part to make it possible! The battle is super and natural. We did the natural; God showed up and did the supernatural!

We’re throwing a big baptism party this weekend April 26/27)! We’ll be baptizing people after all 3 services. Sign up here!

Thanks to Angela Ashcraft for the amazing pictures!