Volunteers prepare for pomp and celebration of Easter at United Methodist Church

Saturday, April 19, 2014 | 6:11 p.m. CDT; updated 12:52 p.m. CST, Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Members of Missouri United Methodist Church prepare on Saturday for Easter service. The church expects a full chapel on Sunday and will be adding more seats for the occasion.

COLUMBIA — The day before Easter, the Missouri United Methodist Church seemed empty until one of the few but very busy workers rushed by with candles, banners and armfuls of colorful cloths.

They planned for a full chapel on Sunday and will be adding extra seats.

Dave “Davey J” Jones arrived at 9:45 a.m. to assist with the prep work. “I love it all,” Jones said. “I like the pomp and circumstance.”

As an employee of the church for 30 years, Jones used to sit on the apse, next to the senior pastor. After a year of retirement, people ask if he misses it.

“There’s not as much to worry about,” Jones said. He likes to just sit and enjoy the service, and he visits with congregation members before the service begins. “They’re friendly people,” he said. “When you come in, they greet you, and they really mean it.”

Most of the decorations were either donated or handmade by members of the church. What Jones likes most about the church are the talented volunteers who help the church in many ways.

But Jones sees his help as support for the ministers. “The leadership we have here is so good,” he said.

Those leaders will spend a large part of their Easter Day in the church. Four services will be held in the building throughout the day.

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