Easter Sunday was a bold and significant day for Nortonsville Church of God in Dyke. With 374 attendees, the church had a record attendance.
Pastor Greg Payne preached his first sermon here on Feb. 24, after the retirement of David Allison. The sermon was titled “Bold Together.”
Throughout the month of March, Payne continued the “Bold” series, and as part of the series, he challenged the congregation to invite five people to Easter Sunday service.
“Our goal was an attendance of 300,” Payne said. “Easter Sunday arrived and so did 374 attendees. Most likely meaning nearly 200 guests were present. Long-term members believe this could very well be an all-time attendance record for the church, which has been a hub for the community for many decades.”
This was a significant day for the church which averages around 170 in attendance each Sunday morning, he added.
In addition to the Easter sermon, the service included two powerful dramas, moving choir selections and passionate worship from the Praise and Worship team. Activities following the service included countless photos, meaningful fellowship, light snacks and an Easter Egg hunt for the children.
Payne said Nortonsville Church of God, located just over the Greene County border in Albemarle County, has a rich heritage and a firm foundation established by many people past and present over the course of many decades.
“We are poised to go ‘boldly’ into our destined future,” he said. “We are a church with a strong heritage and a bright future.”
Nortonsville Church of God is at 1505 Simmons Gap Road in Dyke.