By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Bethel Christian students celebrate Easter

“Music is more than words,” said Jaden Lynch, a seventh-grader at the pre-K to 8 school. “It has a deeper meaning, and is a way to show the joy that comes when you accept Christ.”

Jaden played her flute and danced in the program, held Thursday night in Bethel Baptist Church. She said it was good to connect the performances to Easter.

“Easter is when Jesus arose,” she said. “That’s a big thing. It’s one of the most awesome miracles there was.”

In addition to the numbers in which Jaden was involved, the program included songs by the entire student body and individual classes, and instrumental performances by the band and fourth-grade pianists. Music teacher Elizabeth Walczyk led the first grade bell choir in “This is My Father’s Word,” the second-grade bells in “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us” and the kindergarten bells in “Sweet Hour of Prayer.”

Students danced and sang “This Little Light of Mine” in honor of Aidan Monagon, who attended preschool at Bethel before his sudden death this winter.

Kindergartners also recited John 14:1-6, in which Jesus comforts his disciples. The passage ends, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me.”

Fifth-grader Suri Christianson said she loved celebrating Easter with music because it marks such an important event.

“Jesus died on the cross and rose for us, so we can get our sins forgiven,” Suri said. “It’s a reminder that God and Jesus love us. To me, that’s the meaning of Easter.”

She said she’s been learning about Jesus since she was very young. She’s learned more since she started kindergarten at Bethel.

Suri was happy to play her clarinet in the band Thursday night. “Music is a good way to worship,” she said.

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