Easter Weekend Events

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EASTER EVENTS

Easter Eggstravaganza

The Town of Payson's 13th annual Easter egg scramble for children ages 12 and under will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 7 at Rumsey Park. Children can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for special prizes.

Scramble times and age groups are as follows: ages 0-3, 9:30 a.m.; ages 4 and 5, 9:45 a.m.; ages 6 and 7, 10 a.m.; ages 8 and 9, 10:15 a.m.; ages 10-12, 10:30 a.m.; special needs, 10:45 a.m. There is no charge for this event.

Photos with Easter Bunny

The Payson Humane Society will take photos of children with a giant Easter Bunny or llamas from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at North Rumsey Park. There is no charge for the photos, but a donation to PHS is suggested and very much appreciated.

Easter egg hunt

Wal-Mart of Payson will have an Easter egg hunt at noon Saturday, April 7 for children aged 3 to kindergarten, and another hunt for students in kindergarten through the third grade.

The hunt will start at the south lobby, near Subway.

Powell House invitation

The staff and residents of the Powell House are inviting family and friends to come to the facility at 1 p.m. Easter Sunday, April 8 for an egg hunt. Whoever finds the Golden Egg will get a special prize.

Free movie Friday

The public is invited to start a new Easter tradition by sharing the first annual, free public showing of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6 at the Tonto Apache gymnasium.

Refreshments will be served after the movie. For more information, call (928) 468-6142.

Resurrection Celebration Saturday

Christian recording artists Two or More will headline the musical entertainment at the fifth annual Resurrection Celebration, to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 7 at Rumsey Park on North McLane Road. Payson Ministerial Fellowship sponsors the free event which features food and information booths, and fun for the kids including a bounce house, hay rides, clowns, balloons, face painting, candy and prizes. There will also be a clothing give-away throughout the day. In case of bad weather, the celebration will move to the Rim Country Middle School gym. People of all faiths are welcome.

CHURCH SERVICES

Anglican Church of the Holy Nativity

Anglican Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 North Easy Street, (corner of Easy Street and Bradley), Payson has set the following schedule of Holy Week Services:

April 6: Good Friday, Stations of the Cross and communion from the Reserved Consecrated Elements, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

April 8: Easter Sunday, High Mass, 9 a.m., followed by Easter brunch for those who wish to remain.

Private home visits and communions, please call Fr. Lowell at (928) 474-5209.

Calvary Chapel

The Calvary Chapel of Payson will have Easter services at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 8.

First Church of the Nazarene

First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson, will hold the following Easter week services:

April 6: Good Friday service at 6 p.m., followed by Solid Rock Cafe dessert and coffee with friends.

April 7: Easter contemporary service at 6 p.m.

April 8: Sunrise service at 7:30 a.m. in the outdoor chapel with an Easter breakfast at 9 a.m. (There will be no Sunday School on Easter.) There will be a traditional worship service at 10:30 a.m. No evening service on Easter. For more information, call (928) 474-5890.

Mountain Bible Church

The Mountain Bible Church congregation will have its Easter Celebration at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 8 at the Payson High School Auditorium. The children's program will be in the old gym.

Mount Cross Lutheran

Mount Cross welcomes everyone to attend its upcoming Easter celebrations, including those who don't belong to a particular church or faith. Mount Cross Lutheran Church is located at 601 E. Highway 260, west of Giant. For more information, call (928) 474-2552.

Good Friday, April 6, the church will be open for prayer and private reflection from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Then at 7 p.m. there will be an ecumenical Good Friday service at Community Presbyterian Church on Main Street, where Mount Cross's Pastor Elaine Watskey will be delivering the sermon.

Services on Easter Sunday include a traditional Easter service at 8:30 a.m.; an Easter brunch and egg hunt at 9:45 a.m.; and a contemporary Easter service at 10:30 a.m.

Payson First Assembly of God Church

The Payson First Assembly of God Church, 1100 W. Lake Drive, will offer a special Easter dramatic and musical presentation, "More Than A Story" at 10:30 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 8.

For more information, call (928) 474-2302.

Payson Christian Church

Pastor Ken Curl of the Payson Christian Church, 501 E. Rancho Road has announced the following schedule for Easter services, Sunday, April 8:

7:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service (Outdoors. Nursery provided.)

8:30 a.m. breakfast (Fellowship Hall)

9:30 a.m. Sunday School for all ages

There will be no 10:45 a.m. service.

Rock of Ages Lutheran

Everyone is welcome to attend the Easter Sunrise service at 6 a.m. Sunday, April 8, Easter breakfast is from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and the Easter Sunday Service is at 9 a.m. at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, located on the corner of Airport Road and McLane. Come and join this joyous celebration of our Savior's Resurrection and victory over death. For more information, please call Pastor David Sweet at (928) 474-2098.

Shepherd of the Pines

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church (Mo. Synod), 507 W. Wade Lane, will celebrate the Passion of our Lord with special Holy Week services.

The resurrection of our Lord will be celebrated with two special services at 7 a.m. (Son-Rise) and 10 a.m., with breakfast being served after the early service at about 8 a.m. The community is invited. For more information, call (928) 474-5440.

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