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Easter is traditionally one of the two most-attended church holidays, usually marked with record attendance. But what about those who can't -- or won't -- step foot inside a church?

That won't be a problem this Good Friday for members of Rock Church, who are taking the message of hope outside the church walls and into the heart of downtown San Diego. The Rock is planning to provide activities that will encourage and support those in need at the Park at Petco Park, while delivering a message of hope during lunch hour.

"We want to engage the community and be there to love and serve those in need," emphasized Miles McPherson, senior pastor of Rock Church. "Jesus wanted His people to be out loving other people. For every way a person can be lost, we want to help them be found. We want to bring hope to every street and every person and to do that, we need to meet them where they are."

Before and after McPherson's message, the Rock's outreach ministries plan to provide coupons and free haircuts and makeovers; share information about addictions and sexual abuse recovery, and provide comfort through resources, referrals, and prayer. Stations will be available to encourage individuals to send uplifting cards to military personnel.

An interactive youth area will also feature a skateboarding demo and a creative art workshop. Games, balloons and face painting will also be available.

Rock Church aims to collect 60 pints of blood, saving 180 lives, for Kaiser Permanente Hospitals; collect 2,000 pounds of food for the San Diego Food Bank and two other organizations; and distribute 12,500 articles of gently used clothing to a local school and mission.

How you can help:

* Volunteer. Between 300 and 500 volunteers will be needed to make this event possible. Interested volunteers can register on http://www.sdrock.com/events/11972/

* Donate. Drop-off toiletries, toothbrushes, gently used clothing and non-perishable foods to the Rock Thrift Store (located at 3191 Sports Arena Blvd San Diego, CA 92110) from Monday to Sunday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

* Bring a friend. Spread the message of hope to thousands of San Diegans by bringing a friend or two.

Good Friday is free and open to the community. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 29 at the Park at the Park, 100 Park Blvd., San Diego. Limited parking will be available at tailgate lots. First come, first serve for all attendees and parking spaces.

Good Friday Day-of schedule:

*subject to change

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Family activities and food trucks

12 p.m. - 1 p.m. Special Message from Pastor Miles McPherson

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Family activities and food trucks

For a complete list of Easter services at the Rock, visit http://www.sdrock.com/events/11972/

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