True Bethel Offers Spiritual And Social Message

April 8, 2012 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

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True Bethel Offers Spiritual And Social Message

April 8, 2012 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 12:01 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Pastor Darius Pridgen welcomed thousands from his True Bethel Baptist Church congregation, and the entire Western New York community, to Kleinhans Music Hall for Easter Sunday services.

In addition to a spiritual message, Rev. Pridgen also offered a social message, encouraging people to register to vote right on site. Rev. Pridgen also wore a "hoodie" in honor of Trayvon Martin, who tragically lost his life in a Florida shooting a few weeks ago. Martin was wearing a hoodie at the time of his death.

In a release to Eyewitness News, True Bethel asked everyone to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus, and register to vote. Easter Sunday is the day Christians of all faiths believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead after his death by crucifixion on Good Friday.

Rev. Pridgen says in the statement, "I believe that people have the power to change government if they get out and vote. People died that we might have this right, and continue to die because we do not exercise our right. Change is still needed and without the power of the vote, we will have more tragedies like the death of Trayvon Martin."

Volunteers handed out voting registrations to people age 18 and over who are not registered to vote.

The services also included inspirational music, singing from the church choirs, dancing, and prayers.