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Christians in Bakersfield show observances for Good Friday

Posted at 7:44 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 23:26:48-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — This is week is known to many as Holy week leading up to Easter, and today is Good Friday where many are participating by fasting and attending church services.

Christians in Bakersfield and around the world are filling church pews on Good Friday to remember one of the holiest days of the year, the day Jesus died on the cross.

23ABC's Lezla Gooden spoke with church goers who say this day is more than just a church service.

“There is so much going on and it important to have god behind you and hanging on to your shoulder and guiding you in the right way,” said church attendee, Juanita Vasquez.

Vasquez has been attending the Canyon Hills Assembly of God for the past year and says this day is to remember how Jesus died for her sins no matter where she may be.

“We can pray wherever even if there is no church, [it can be] wherever in the grass, the field or whatever, God is still here,” said Vasquez.

Vasquez along with hundreds of church goers attended the 12:15 p.m. service at Canyon Hills Assembly of God to give praise and thanks with many of their fellow believers around the world.

Steve Vinson, executive pastor of the church says it's their mission to continue to spread the message that the crucifixion was the greatest act of love in the history of mankind.

“It's not just about preparing for special outfits or special meals for the family it's about preparing our hearts to draw near to God during this time,” said Vinson.

Members of Canyon Hills join millions on this day to remember the foundation of their faith and welcome all to celebrate along with them.

Canyon Hills Assembly of God will be hosting a Sunrise Service on Sunday at 6 a.m. at Hill Crest Memorial Park and four other services later at their campus. For more information head to this link.