Sunday morning, as the sun came up over the Smoky Mountains dozens of people bowed their heads and closed their eyes. A number of churches in Knoxville came together for an Easter sunrise service at the Knoxville Botanical Garden.
“The most significant thing in Christian theology is Jesus rising and that happened in the dark but immediately after Jesus rose in the dark the light shines in the world and Christ’s light perpetuates in the world today,” sid Bart Slabbekorn.
Slabbekorn says Easter is a day to celebrate with fellow followers.
“I just wanted to come out and be with the community members, be with brothers and sisters and in the community and celebrate Christ’s resurrection,” said Slabbekorn.
For some in the crowd it was the first time they had been to the Easter sunrise service at the Knoxville Botanical Garden.
“The sunrise, it’s a full moon, it’s the best way to start the day and this was better than what I thought it was going to be,” said Cindy Ibson.
The Easter sunrise service at the Knoxville Botanical Garden is one that happens every Easter.