New Birth holds first big Easter event since death of Bishop Eddie Long

New Birth Missionary Baptist Church will hold a community block party as part of the Lithonia’s megachurch’s weekend resurrection celebration. 

The block party will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday on the campus at 6400 Woodrow Rd. 

This is the first big community-wide event since the death of Bishop Eddie L. Long. Long died in January after a battle with an aggressive form of cancer. He was 63.

Bishop Stephen Davis of New Birth Birmingham was named to succeed Long. 

The block party is free and is in celebration of the resurrection of Christ and the church’s continuous support of the surrounding DeKalb County community, according to a release by the church. 

the late Bishop Eddie L. Long during a service at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church. Source: New Birth Missionary Baptist Church Facebook page

The public is invited to attend. 

Events include an Easter egg hunt, a fun park, laser tag, a food court, a car wash and other activities. 

Participants include U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, DeKalb County Commission Mereda Davis Johnson and Stonecrest Mayor Jason Larry. 

There will be an Easter worship service at 10 a.m. at the church. The message will be “Victory.”

Other events include a Good Friday Musical Cantata at 7 p.m. at the church featuring the worship and arts department ministries of music and dance; a community prayer also on Saturday at 10 a.m.; and a Sunday family fellowship event on the north lawn.

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