Stone Mountain Easter Sunrise Service draws thousands

(Source: WGCL)

Thousands of people made their way to the top of Stone Mountain before the sun came up Sunday morning for the park's annual Easter Sunrise Service.

"I just wanted to be closer to my Lord and Jesus and Savior," said visitor Christine Brown.

The non-denominational service, which started in 1994, attracts people from all over. Many visitors took the sky ride to the top of the mountain, which is 1683 feet above sea level. Others hiked their way to the top.

"It gives me a chance to get up early in the morning, do a walk, clear my head, think about how good god is and to watch that sunrise. There's nothing like it," said Elease Murray.

For those who did not want to go to the top of the mountain, another simultaneous service was happening at its base.

There was praise and worship, singing, a gospel reading and a short sermon.

"I loved it," said Jodie Moore. "This is the second year that we've been out here for this service. It's just very uplifting."

The service was attended by regulars and first-timers.

"Out of all the years we've come to the mountain, we live five minutes around the corner, so we decided that this year we're going to do the sunrise service," Brown said.

Whether they came from near or far, visitors agree that Sunday's Sunrise Service did not disappoint.

"It's awesome, refreshing," said Hubbard. "Just to see everyone out praising God on Easter Sunday."

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