Easter in the Rim country this year will be marked by music, good food, fun and religious celebrations.
Area churches have numerous services planned for the remaining days of Holy Week. Special musical programs area also scheduled, including the Easter Saturday in the Park featured in the March 16 edition of the Rim Review. The traditional community Easter egg hunt will be at Green Valley Park and the Greater Payson Area Moose Lodge is also having an Easter party.
While not an official Easter event, the Payson Girl Scout neighborhood is holding a fund-raiser benefit pancake breakfast and silent auction from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at Julia Randall Elementary cafeteria.
Skip Boldt, the father of one of the area's Girl Scouts must close his Payson business to go to California to await a heart transplant. The Boldt family will lose their main source of income and the Girl Scouts would like to support them by helping with medical and living expenses. The majority of the proceeds from this event will be donated directly to help this Payson family.
The success depends on the support of our community. Girl Scouts will be selling tickets to the breakfast for $3 per person (children 3 and under will be free). Generous donations from local businesses will be used in themed baskets for the silent auction which will be held during the breakfast.
Please contact Monika Oakley at (928) 474-4450 for more information, tickets, or if you would like to donate something to our auction.
Payson's official Easter egg hunt -- the Easter Egg Scramble --begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at Green Valley Park, hosted by the Town of Payson Parks and Recreation.
The event is for children ages 12 and under at the Green Valley Park Amphitheater. Children can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for special prizes.
Hunts will be divided into age groups as follows: ages 1-3, 9:30 a.m.; ages 4-5, 9:40 a.m.; ages 6-7, 9:50 a.m.; ages 8-9, 10 a.m.; ages 10-12, 10:15 a.m.; special needs, 10:30 a.m.
Payson Humane Society will bring the Easter Bunny and a llama. Children may get their picture taken with either for a donation. There is no charge for this event.
The Moose Lodge Easter party, Egg Extravaganza, starts at 1 p.m. with a variety of contests, prizes and fun for all ages. Call (928) 474-6212 for more information.
Easter Saturday in the Park is a presentation of the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship. It will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 26 at Rumsey Park and featured Christian recording artists Dennis Agajanian and Buck Storm. There will also be free food and special activities for children. In the event of bad weather, the program will be held at Payson High School. Rumsey Park is at 328 N. McLane Road.
The Payson United Methodist Church will present a special Easter cantata as part of its Holy Week Services, working with Mount Cross Lutheran Church and Community Presbyterian Church. The Methodist church is at 414 N. Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware). The Payson First Assembly of God will have a multi-media musical drama depicting the life and story of Christ, "The Promise Fulfilled" at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, March 27. The Assembly of God church is at 1100 W. Lake Drive, by Green Valley Park.
Several churches have announced Holy Week schedules.
Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 N. Easy St.:
- Maundy Thursday, March 24 5 p.m., Low Mass, foot washing and Stripping of the Altar
- Good Friday Service, March 25 noon to 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross
- Easter Sunday, March 27 8 a.m., Low Mass, 10:30 a.m., High Mass.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St.
- Maundy Thursday, March 24, Holy Eucharist, 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
- Good Friday, March 25, Good Friday Liturgy, noon and 7 p.m.
- Holy Saturday, March 26, The Great Vigil, 6:30 p.m.
- Easter Sunday, March 27, Holy Eucharist, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
March 28 through April 2, Holy Week services continue
Mount Cross Lutheran, 601 E. Highway 260
- Maundy Thursday, March 24, 6 p.m., reflection on Jesus and his last hours with his disciples
- Good Friday, March 25, a joint service with the Community Presbyterian Church and the Payson United Methodist Church with scripture, prayer, music and meditation.
- Easter Sunday, March 27, services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, 204 W. Airport Road
- Maundy Thursday, March 25, remembering the Lord's Supper, with communion, 7 p.m.
- Good Friday, March 26, service at 7 p.m.
Many area restaurants have also planned special menus for the holiday, so make a reservation for your own Easter celebration.