On Sunday, thousands of worshipers will climb Stone Mountain or settle on the lawn to hear Easter sunrise services, beginning at 7 a.m.
However, Libby Glenn with the Stone Mountain Sunrise Association said she encourages attendees to arrive early for parking.
“Depending on the weather, we usually get around 5,000 [visitors] at the top [of the mountain],” she said. “A lot of people climb and others ride the sky lift. One year there was a man dressed up as Christ who was carrying a huge cross and had Romans by his side and he climbed the mountain with that cross.”
Lucille Langford started the service in 1944, along with the Stone Mountain Ministerial Association, but in 2011, Glenn, who has participated since the 80s, said her group took the reins for the annual event. The service is nondenominational and welcomes guests from various churches.
“It’s Easter morning and it’s just the thrill of the Resurrection and being there on the mountain top to see the cross set up,” said Glenn of the service. “It just brings Easter to life.”
As with last year, there will be interpreters for the hearing impaired. Also, Glenn advises attendees to dress in warm clothing, as it is cooler and oftentimes windy on the top of the mountain. In case of rain, she said the services will be moved to an area in the park with a roof and will be one combined service.
Stone Mountain Park is at 1000 Robert E. Lee Drive in Stone Mountain.