Celebrating Easter

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Easter events

EGGStravaganza

Easter egg hunt and more, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 3 at Green Valley Park, presented by the Payson Main Street Guild. For details or questions, contact Minette Richardson, vice president Payson Main Street Guild, at (928) 978-1119.

Resurrection Celebration

The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship is once again bringing the Resurrection Celebration to the Rim Country.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, April 3 at Rumsey Park. As always there will be great music, free food and lots of fun.

The featured entertainment this year is martial arts expert Victor Marx and his All Things Possible ministry with a special karate demonstration.

Music will be provided by musicians and vocalists from area churches, plus the contemporary Christian rock group RU Band and a Christian folk music group CaVu. Other entertainment planned includes dramatic presentations by church youth groups and Mark Henning; clowns; and a pie-eating contest.

Especially for youngsters there will be a bounce house, hayrides in a wagon pulled by an all-terrain vehicle, face painting, a reading of the Easter story and an Easter bonnet making activity.

There will be free hot dogs and burritos, baked goods, popcorn, cotton candy, Sno Cones and Pepsi.A clothing giveaway is planned and there will be several informational booths representing Creation Science, U-Turn for Christ, The Gideons, Prayer-A-Medics, Skate Park Unfolding, Beyond Limits, New Beginnings, the Time Out Shelter, and possibly the Payson Christian Clinic.

Everything is free.

Easter services

All Nations Family Church, Cemetery Road, Pine (first property on the left)

Contemporary praise and worship service and puppet show at 11 a.m., Sunday, April 4. Held outside, those attending should dress accordingly. There will also be a post-service meal.

Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 N. Easy St., Payson

The Church of the Holy Nativity, an Anglican Catholic parish, will commemorate the passion of our Lord with Holy Week services Good Friday, April 2 the Church of the Holy Nativity will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for private devotions and meditations and there will be a Good Friday litany and the Veneration of the Cross at 2 p.m.

Also on Good Friday at 8 a.m., the parish family of Holy Nativity will join the parish family of St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church for Morning Prayer at St. Philip’s Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson.

The celebration of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday morning, April 4 will include a solemn high Mass 10 a.m., followed by an Easter brunch and Easter egg hunt for the children in the cloister.

Community Presbyterian Church, 800W. Main, Payson

Community Presbyterian Church will host the Ecumenical Good Friday Service at 7 p.m., Friday, April 2. This service is one of three ecumenical services hosted currently by Mount Cross Lutheran Church, Payson United Methodist Church, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church and Community Presbyterian Church. This service is rotated among the congregations with different pastors preaching. The Good Friday service features a choral cantata, On the Passion of Christ, performed by the joint choirs of the four churches.

Rev. Ken Lentz, interim pastor of Mount Cross Lutheran Church will be bringing the message, assisted by Reverend Dan Tantimonaco of the Episcopal Church, Rev. David Rennick of the Methodist Church and Rev. Charles Proudfoot of the Presbyterian Church. These services are open to anyone in the community.

Community Presbyterian Church’s Easter Service will be preceded by Easter morning breakfast, serving between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Easter morning, Sunday, April 4. This breakfast is open to anyone who wishes to attend. The regular schedule will follow with the hymn sing at 10:15 a.m. and the service at 10:30 a.m.

Expedition Church

Expedition Church will be celebrating Easter at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 4 in the Julia Randall Elementary School gym. The congregation invites the public to join it for inspiring music; an encouraging message, titled, Holding Out Hope; and lots of fun activities for children. For more information call (928) 978-9158, e-mail info@discoverexpedition.com or go to discoverexpedition.com.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Hwy. 260, Payson

Easter Week is a time to remember the basic tenets of our Christian faith. The sanctuary will be open on Good Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for those who would like to pray and contemplate the passion of Christ. Morning prayers will be spoken at 11 a.m. An ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at the Community Presbyterian Church at 7 p.m. All are invited.

Easter Sunday services will be held at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., April 4. There will be a brunch served between the two services.

The congregation invites members of the community to attend and share in the Easter celebration.

Mountain Bible, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson Roundup

Easter services will be held at 7 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with a children’s program at the two later services, Sunday, April 4. There will also be a Spanish service at 12:30 p.m.

Payson Center for Spiritual Awareness, 107 W. Wade Lane

11:00 a.m., Sunday, April 4 Dr. Annelle Henson will speak on the topic of Easter Sunday. Her talk will focus not only on the resurrection – the part about the risen Christ – but also on how we can be resurrected each day . This resurrection is in our everyday life and also in many more ways as we open our hearts to the superconsciousness that lives within each of us gifted by the Great Mystery within. For information, call (602) 793-7611.

Payson First Church of the Nazarene, 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson

The First Church of the Nazarene will offer a drama presentation Living Last Supper, with music at 6:30 p.m., Good Friday, April 2.

The program will show the 12 disciples in a setting much like the way they gathered around Jesus on that legendary night in ancient Israel. Hear each disciple tell his own story of how his life was personally influenced by Jesus. Communion will be served following the presentation. The public is invited to attend this free program.

A nursery will be provided for children under the age of 3.

The Easter Celebration Service is at 10 a.m., Sunday, April 4.

Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. (behind Ace Hardware between Zurich and Malibu)

Easter, Sunday, April 4: Sunrise services, 6:30 a.m.; regular services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Rock of Ages Lutheran Church, at the corner of Airport and McLane, Payson

Good Friday, April 2, 7 p.m., Tenebrae service; hear about The Women at Jesus’ Cross and Burial, based on Mark 15:40-41

Easter Sunday, April 4: Sunrise service, 6 a.m.; Easter breakfast, 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.; worship service, 9 a.m.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson

Holy Week services at Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church include:

• Good Friday, April 2 - service at 6 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, April 4 - Son Rise Service at 7 a.m. with Holy Communion; pancake breakfast served at 8 a.m.; Easter Resurrection service at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion, followed by a balloon launch. For more information call the church office (928) 474-5440.

Shepherd of the Pines Satellite Church, Tonto Basin Lutheran Church, 441 McLellan Drive. Tonto Basin

An Easter vigil service will be held at 5 p.m., Saturday, April 3.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy Street, Payson (Corner of Easy St. and Sherwood Dr.)

Easter season services will include:

• Good Friday, April 2, litany at noon and Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m.

• Easter Sunday, April 4, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Holy Communion

St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Philip St., Payson

Special devotions and Masses

• Good Friday – rosary and morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Stations of the Cross – in Spanish, noon, in English, 5:30 p.m.; liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord, 6 p.m.

• Holy Saturday – rosary and Morning Prayer, 8 a.m., with blessing of Easter breakfast foods to follow*; Easter vigil Mass welcoming new and returning Catholics, 7 p.m.

• Easter Sunday – Mass, 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish Mass)

* The Solemn Blessing of Easter Baskets

St. Philip’s parish will celebrate an ancient European Easter tradition on Holy Saturday immediately after the 8 a.m. prayer service - the blessing of the baskets.

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