SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The historic St. John's Congregational Church is one of the oldest active Black Churches in New England and there's extra significance for the congregation this Resurrection Sunday.
It's not "Happy Easter" you'll hear at St. John's Congregational Church in Springfield it's "Happy Resurrection Sunday!"
Pastor Dr. Calvin McFadden said, "We believe that the Resurrection is what gives us power to live and to live wonderful and abundant lives so it's a great celebration for us."
For Beverly and Taylor Showell the holiday is about their faith. "It's not Easter Sunday with the Easter eggs and the bunnies and stuff it's the rising again of Jesus Christ our Savior," said Taylor.
Beverly Showell said, "It reminds us that he died for us to give us life and to give us life more abundantly that's what Easter, Resurrection Sunday is for me."
This year has special significance for the congregation.
Normally the Easter Sunday service is held at Symphony Hall to accommodate the overflowing crowd but this year worship was held at the church.
That's because this is the last Easter they will be celebrating in this church because they'll be moving into the new church being built across the street in just a few months.
Pastor Dr. Calvin McFadden said the continued growth of some 100 people to the congregation every year has them starting a new chapter in the new church.
"People want to have a sense of hope and I believe that the church and Jesus Christ offers them that as well as the fellowship of gathering together. It encourages them and gives them power to keep on keeping on," said Dr. McFadden.
The new church is set to open in June.