From egg hunts to sunrise services, area residents will have the opportunity to enjoy various Easter events this week.
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2601 North Ave. in Metropolis, will observe Maundy Thursday with a Service of Holy Communion at 7 p.m. The church will also host a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. The Easter Festival worship will begin at 10 a.m., followed by an Easter egg hunt on the church lawn. Everyone is welcome to attend.
Massac County Ministerial Association will host Good Friday services at 12:05 p.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 100 E. Fifth St.
The service will last approximately 45 minutes.
The speaker for this nondenominational service will be Rev. David LeNeave from Mt. Sterling Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Several local ministers are scheduled to participate.
An offering will be collected to benefit the Massac County Ministerial Association Assistance Program.
The public is invited to attend.
Seven Mile Baptist Church, located on Ill. 145 near Metropolis, will host a children’s Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Friday at Dorothy Miller Park, located on Front Street near the Ohio River riverfront. All children are invited to attend.
Metropolis’ Zeta Zeta Sorority is currently making plans for its Easter egg hunt for local children on Saturday in Metropolis.
Over 6000 eggs and prizes will be hidden in Washington Park, located on Metropolis Street, some donated by local merchants. The hunt is set to begin at 10 a.m.
The Easter bunny will be available for pictures for a $2 donation, if possible.
Immanuel Baptist Church, 1119 Market St., will conduct an Easter egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on the church grounds, for children ages 11 and under. The public is welcome.
St. John’s Church, located at 6201 Waldo Church Rd. in Massac County, will hold its annual Lenten Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the church. The public is welcome.
The church will also host Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday. The service will be a joint effort between St. John’s and Powers United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to attend. A breakfast will be served following the service.
Metropolis’ St. Paul AME Church, located on the corner of Ninth and Vienna streets, will be hosting its annual free Easter breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday.
Everyone is invited for a morning of fellowship and food. Donations will be accepted.
Rev. Ronnie Woods is the host pastor.
Plans are underway for the annual Shawnee Community College Phi Theta Kappa Easter Egg Hunt, with assistance from the college’s cosmetology club.
Century School Beta Club along with Karnak United Methodist Church, will assist with the celebration.
The event will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. on the main campus near Ullin.
Children will hunt for more than 5000 eggs and special prizes will be given in each age group. The age groups for the hunt are 0-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7–8, 9–10 and 11-12.
The Easter Egg Hunt is open to all SCC district families and is free of charge.
For a good-weather hunt, families should part in the lower parking lot for a lakeside event.
In case of rain, families should enter the building by the front atrium entrance.
Spring Bayou Baptist Church, located on Woodville Road at the intersection of USEC Plant Road near Kevil, Ky., will present the play The Beginning: A Story of Understanding the Ending. The play will be presented at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For more information, call 270-462-3014.
Several hundred people will celebrate the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ by attending Easter sunrise service at Bald Knob Cross, located near Alto Pass in Union County, on Sunday. The service will last approximately one hour. For information, call 618-893-2344.
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Area residents are invited to step back in time and celebrate Easter in the 1850’s Kornthal Church built by Austrian immigrants in Union County.
A sunrise service will begin at 6 a.m. at the church, which is located three miles south of Jonesboro on Ill. 127.
The church is now on the National Register of Historic Places.
For information, call 618-833-8745.
Oak Grove Baptist Church, located off Ill. 146 at the intersection of Old Cypress Road and Oak Grove Road in rural Vienna, will host Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday. A breakfast will be served after the service, followed by Sunday school.
Rev. Jimmy Wilson and congregation invite everyone to attend.
For more information, call 618-697-1687.
The musical presentation, The Power of the Cross, will be presented by the combined sanctuary choir and children’s music department of the Vienna First Baptist Church during the Easter Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m.
The sanctuary choir will present a number of traditional selections. Also, the children’s choir will share in song and bell choir selections.
The church youth D.I.D. (Discipleship in Drama) will present choreographed musical selections.
The public is invited.
The church is located at the corner of 7th and Washington streets in Vienna.
For additional information, contact the church office at 618-658-3741.
Grace Episcopal Church, located at 820 Broadway in Paducah, offers an Easter Vigil service Sunday, beginning at 6 a.m. The church welcomes any member of the community who wishes to participate in this celebration of the Easter holiday.
The service will begin in darkness in the church’s Memorial Garden, weather permitting, for the kindling of the new fire and lighting of the paschal candle, an ancient symbol of the risen Christ.
Worshipers will then process into the Parish Hall where the service continues with scripture readings, music and a renewal of Baptismal vows.
“We’re trying to make the worship experience as unique as possible. There will be multimedia elements, water, candles, incense, live music and more,” says Rev. Meghan Holland, assistant Rector at Grace Church.
From the Parish Hall the congregation will process out through the east lawn in the newly risen light of day to the sanctuary, where the service will continue with a full celebration of Easter. An Easter breakfast will be provided after the service concludes.
For more information, call 270-443-1363 or visit www.gracepaducah.net.