Standing room only Easter crowds precipitated the move, he said, and now he is rejoicing as there will be so much more space for Easter worshipers.
“In the past, many were squeezed into an overflow space to watch Easter on a TV screen ... everyone who wants to come should have a seat and room for their friends, family and neighbors,” he said.
Easter services will be held at 9 and 10:45 a.m. at the Collins Center, located at 80 Shawsheen Road. Easter egg hunts and brunch can easily follow, said Pastor Paul. He is well aware of Easter excitement as he and his wife, Clancey, have two young children. The family lives on High Street in Andover.
This year, the church will make an Easter donation of $10,000 to Lazarus House of Lawrence as generosity is expected to be as high among the crowds. There will be an opportunity to participate in giving toward that goal at the service.