Celebrate Easter with us Sunday, April 5th at 7:00 a.m. at the First Security Amphitheater in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas.  Every year, thousands gather on the banks of the Arkansas River and proclaim the good news that Christ is risen.

The service will also be broadcast live on KATV Channel 7.

The Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service is an ecumenical worship service sponsored by Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church.

About

When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

“Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.

Mark 16:1-8

Gospel Reading

 

This years’ recipient is Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

The mission of the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is to reduce food insecurity through direct hunger relief, education and advocacy.

For more information, please visit their website.

Special Offering

This year’s participants will include:

  • Dr. Dexter Suggs, Little Rock School District Superintendent
  • Rev. William L. Robinson, First Baptist Church of North Little Rock
  • Kathy Webb, Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance Executive Director
  • Amanda Kuo, PHUMC Child
  • Alyse Eady Lemmond, KTHV Anchorperson
  • Brandon Mathews, Clinton School of Public Service

 


 
In addition, the choirs of Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church, Arkansas Youth Chorale, First Baptist Church of North Little Rock, and Philander Smith College will be providing the musical backdrop to the glorious morning.

Participants

In 1989, Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church utilized the newly built Amphitheater on the banks of the Arkansas River to provide an ecumenical community-wide Easter Sunrise Service. Long time PHUMC member, Swann Kohler, was the founding coordinator of this new service. Then Little Rock mayor Buddy Villines, Audrey Crites, Skip Rutherford and the late Tom Williams were the first participants. Beautiful music was offered by the combined choirs of Pulaski Heights UMC and Philander Smith College Choir. In the last 26 years many members of our community have participated in worship, including a US President, our congressmen and women, Arkansas Governors and other state officials, actors, athletes and TV personalities, students and clergy, dance teams and orchestras, brass ensembles, many soloists and school choirs from our county and city. The Gospel has been proclaimed and prayers have been offered. Offerings have been gathered to help local charities do good work in our community and around the state. Over 100 volunteers, plus monetary contributions of so many, make this event possible.


 

Past Participants

1989: L.R. Mayor Buddy Villines; Audrey Crites; Skip Rutherford, the late Tom Williams
1990: Rev. Hezekiah Stewart; L.R. Mayor Buddy Villines; Dr. Joycelyn Elders; Governor Bill Clinton
1991: Dr. Myer L. Titus; Rev. Britt Skarda; Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines; Mimi Dortch
1992: Mary Steenburgen; U.S. Senator David Pryor; the late Raymond Miller, M.D.; Laurie Allen; Rev. Michael C. Morey
1993: Governor Jim Guy Tucker; Dr. Ann Die; Rev. William Robinson; Ashley Bonner
1994: Sherman Tate; State Representative Jim Argue, Jr.; Meredith Villines, the late Anale Yarbrough
1995: Charles Stewart; Will Faulkner; Sharon Priest; State Senator Jim Keet
1996: Everett Tucker, III; the late Winthrop Paul Rockefeller; Dr. Sandra B. Nichols; Sarah Cowan
1997: Governor Mike Huckabee; Judge Wendell Griffen; Sarah Spencer; Laura Hunter; Rev. Lynn Lindsey
1998: L.R. Mayor Jim Dailey; Fatima McKindra; Dr. Dean Kumpuris
1999: Swann Kohler; Karen Fuller; Rev. Howard Gardner; Rev. Robert Willigham; Eddie Armstrong; Dr. Trudie Reed
2000: Theodoshia Cooper; Rev. Lynn Lindsey; Dr. Jeff Hampton; Judge Rita Gruber; Jordan Johnson; Brittany Powell; Bruce Moore
2002: Rev. Harriett Akins-Banman; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Congressman Vic Snyder; Fredrick McKindra; Joya Hampton; Rev. Mark K. Norman
2003: Rev. Jeff Warrick; Dr. Kenneth James; Chief Lawrence Jonson; Senator Blanche Lincoln; Elizabeth Akama-Makia; Rev. Maxine Allen; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale
2004: Father John Antony; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Keith Jackson; Hall High Madrigals; Lori Dyer; Mike Beebe, Attorney General; Dr. Ray Higgins; Sankofa Performing Arts Dance Theatre
2005: Dr. Walter Kimbrough; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Jo Luck, Heifer International; Allison Presbyterian Church; Central Christian Hispanic Assembly of God; Rhoda Mae Kerr, LR Fire Chief; Alexandra Arjannikova, student from Russia; Rev. Harriett Akins-Banman; Rev. Jeff Warrick; Mary Ann Robinson
2006: Allison Presbyterian Church; Rev. Clefton Vaughan; Rev. Lynn Lindsey; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Christway Missionary Baptist Church; Thelma Jasper; Hall High School Choirs; Central Hispanic Assembly of God; Casey Orr; Rev. Logan Hampton
2007: Ozark Point Brass; Allison Presbyterian Church; Rev. Roger Shock; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Ar. Rep. Ed Garner; Miss Arkansas Amber Bennett; Parkview High School Choirs; Kakki Greene, student at the Academy at Riverdale; Chistway Missionary Baptist Church; Virgil Miller; Mary Wynston-Smith
2008: Father Salvador Marquez-Munoz; Lawrence Hamilton; Shelly Ehernger, LR Housing Authority; Janet Nelson, Interfaith Hospitality Network; Karen Clark; Clayton Gentry, student at Episcopal Collegiate School; Stephen Ray; Judge William R. Wilson, Jr.; Dr. Jeffery B. Hampton; Ozark Point Brass
2009: Greater Second Baptist Church Dance Ministry; Philander Smith College Choir; Christway Missionary Baptist Church Choir; Beatrice Biira, Uganda Student; Rev. Andrea Allen; Jessica Dean; Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow; Jackson Edwards
2010: Allison Presbyterian Church Dance Ministry; Philander Smith College Choir; Ty Spradley; Parkview Magnet School Choir; Stacy Sells; Isaiah Bailey, baritone; LR Mayor Mark Stodola; Ark. First Lady Ginger Beebe; Christway Missionary Baptist Church Choir; Rev. Lynn Lindsey; Rev. Jeff Hampton; Rev. Victor H. Nixon
2011: Ozark Point Brass; Cindy Conger, Rev. Heath Bradley; John Two-Hawks, Chris Joy Quiamco, student at Parkview High School; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Director, Erma Hendrix, City of Little Rock; P. Allen Smith; Dustin McDaniel, Ark. Attorney General; Fr. Jason Tyler, Pastor of St. Edwards Catholic Church
2012: Ozark Point Brass; Andi and Carey Smith; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Rev. Victor H. Nixon; Rev. Aubrietta Jones; Veena Akama-Makia, Soprano; Sherece West; Fernando Cutz, My Soul’s Desire Dance Ministry of Wesley Chapel UMC; The Honorable Tim Griffin, U.S. House of Representatives; Walt Coleman; Dr. Jeffery Hampton
2013: Ozark Point Brass; St. Edward Catholic Church; Dawne Vandiver; Shannon Aston; Rev. Britt Skarda; North Little Rock High School Concert Choir; Brian Beckwith; Dr. Jeffery Hampton; Sharon Bale; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Anthony Lucas; Donna Terrell; Gov. Mike Beebe; Rev. Lynn Lindsey
2014: Ozark Point Brass; Penny & Gordon Wilbourn; Georgia Mjartan; Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School Lab Singers; Lee Isaac Frazier-Pool; Rev. Belinda Price; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Erin Hawley; Timothy Tucker; Steve Straessle; New Creation Dance; Kathy Webb; Rev. Britt Skarda; Dr. Jeffery Hampton

History

In 1989, Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church utilized the newly built Amphitheater on the banks of the Arkansas River to provide an ecumenical community-wide Easter Sunrise Service. Long time PHUMC member, Swann Kohler, was the founding coordinator of this new service. Then Little Rock mayor Buddy Villines, Audrey Crites, Skip Rutherford and the late Tom Williams were the first participants. Beautiful music was offered by the combined choirs of Pulaski Heights UMC and Philander Smith College Choir. In the last 26 years many members of our community have participated in worship, including a US President, our congressmen and women, Arkansas Governors and other state officials, actors, athletes and TV personalities, students and clergy, dance teams and orchestras, brass ensembles, many soloists and school choirs from our county and city. The Gospel has been proclaimed and prayers have been offered. Offerings have been gathered to help local charities do good work in our community and around the state. Over 100 volunteers, plus monetary contributions of so many, make this event possible.


 

Past Participants

1989: L.R. Mayor Buddy Villines; Audrey Crites; Skip Rutherford, the late Tom Williams
1990: Rev. Hezekiah Stewart; L.R. Mayor Buddy Villines; Dr. Joycelyn Elders; Governor Bill Clinton
1991: Dr. Myer L. Titus; Rev. Britt Skarda; Pulaski County Judge Buddy Villines; Mimi Dortch
1992: Mary Steenburgen; U.S. Senator David Pryor; the late Raymond Miller, M.D.; Laurie Allen; Rev. Michael C. Morey
1993: Governor Jim Guy Tucker; Dr. Ann Die; Rev. William Robinson; Ashley Bonner
1994: Sherman Tate; State Representative Jim Argue, Jr.; Meredith Villines, the late Anale Yarbrough
1995: Charles Stewart; Will Faulkner; Sharon Priest; State Senator Jim Keet
1996: Everett Tucker, III; the late Winthrop Paul Rockefeller; Dr. Sandra B. Nichols; Sarah Cowan
1997: Governor Mike Huckabee; Judge Wendell Griffen; Sarah Spencer; Laura Hunter; Rev. Lynn Lindsey
1998: L.R. Mayor Jim Dailey; Fatima McKindra; Dr. Dean Kumpuris
1999: Swann Kohler; Karen Fuller; Rev. Howard Gardner; Rev. Robert Willigham; Eddie Armstrong; Dr. Trudie Reed
2000: Theodoshia Cooper; Rev. Lynn Lindsey; Dr. Jeff Hampton; Judge Rita Gruber; Jordan Johnson; Brittany Powell; Bruce Moore
2002: Rev. Harriett Akins-Banman; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Congressman Vic Snyder; Fredrick McKindra; Joya Hampton; Rev. Mark K. Norman
2003: Rev. Jeff Warrick; Dr. Kenneth James; Chief Lawrence Jonson; Senator Blanche Lincoln; Elizabeth Akama-Makia; Rev. Maxine Allen; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale
2004: Father John Antony; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Keith Jackson; Hall High Madrigals; Lori Dyer; Mike Beebe, Attorney General; Dr. Ray Higgins; Sankofa Performing Arts Dance Theatre
2005: Dr. Walter Kimbrough; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Jo Luck, Heifer International; Allison Presbyterian Church; Central Christian Hispanic Assembly of God; Rhoda Mae Kerr, LR Fire Chief; Alexandra Arjannikova, student from Russia; Rev. Harriett Akins-Banman; Rev. Jeff Warrick; Mary Ann Robinson
2006: Allison Presbyterian Church; Rev. Clefton Vaughan; Rev. Lynn Lindsey; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Christway Missionary Baptist Church; Thelma Jasper; Hall High School Choirs; Central Hispanic Assembly of God; Casey Orr; Rev. Logan Hampton
2007: Ozark Point Brass; Allison Presbyterian Church; Rev. Roger Shock; Philander Smith Collegiate Chorale; Ar. Rep. Ed Garner; Miss Arkansas Amber Bennett; Parkview High School Choirs; Kakki Greene, student at the Academy at Riverdale; Chistway Missionary Baptist Church; Virgil Miller; Mary Wynston-Smith
2008: Father Salvador Marquez-Munoz; Lawrence Hamilton; Shelly Ehernger, LR Housing Authority; Janet Nelson, Interfaith Hospitality Network; Karen Clark; Clayton Gentry, student at Episcopal Collegiate School; Stephen Ray; Judge William R. Wilson, Jr.; Dr. Jeffery B. Hampton; Ozark Point Brass
2009: Greater Second Baptist Church Dance Ministry; Philander Smith College Choir; Christway Missionary Baptist Church Choir; Beatrice Biira, Uganda Student; Rev. Andrea Allen; Jessica Dean; Rev. Ronnie Miller-Yow; Jackson Edwards
2010: Allison Presbyterian Church Dance Ministry; Philander Smith College Choir; Ty Spradley; Parkview Magnet School Choir; Stacy Sells; Isaiah Bailey, baritone; LR Mayor Mark Stodola; Ark. First Lady Ginger Beebe; Christway Missionary Baptist Church Choir; Rev. Lynn Lindsey; Rev. Jeff Hampton; Rev. Victor H. Nixon
2011: Ozark Point Brass; Cindy Conger, Rev. Heath Bradley; John Two-Hawks, Chris Joy Quiamco, student at Parkview High School; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Director, Erma Hendrix, City of Little Rock; P. Allen Smith; Dustin McDaniel, Ark. Attorney General; Fr. Jason Tyler, Pastor of St. Edwards Catholic Church
2012: Ozark Point Brass; Andi and Carey Smith; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Rev. Victor H. Nixon; Rev. Aubrietta Jones; Veena Akama-Makia, Soprano; Sherece West; Fernando Cutz, My Soul’s Desire Dance Ministry of Wesley Chapel UMC; The Honorable Tim Griffin, U.S. House of Representatives; Walt Coleman; Dr. Jeffery Hampton
2013: Ozark Point Brass; St. Edward Catholic Church; Dawne Vandiver; Shannon Aston; Rev. Britt Skarda; North Little Rock High School Concert Choir; Brian Beckwith; Dr. Jeffery Hampton; Sharon Bale; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Anthony Lucas; Donna Terrell; Gov. Mike Beebe; Rev. Lynn Lindsey
2014: Ozark Point Brass; Penny & Gordon Wilbourn; Georgia Mjartan; Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School Lab Singers; Lee Isaac Frazier-Pool; Rev. Belinda Price; Philander Smith Collegiate Choir; Erin Hawley; Timothy Tucker; Steve Straessle; New Creation Dance; Kathy Webb; Rev. Britt Skarda; Dr. Jeffery Hampton

History

The Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held at Riverfest Amphitheatre located on the Arkansas River in downtown Little Rock.
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Riverfest Amphitheatre

Location