Celebrating Easter


Payson youth will hunt for 6,000 eggs

Youngsters participating in the annual EGGS-travaganza will be on the hunt for 6,000 plastic Easter eggs filled with candy and toys and just waiting to be hidden by the Easter Bunny — and its helpers from the Payson Main Street Guild — during the annual EGGS-travaganza Festival and Egg Hunt in Green Valley Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 3.

There will be a bounce house for the kids, egg races, potato sack races, funny face transfers, live music by the Artichoke Sisters and Anything Goes, plus food and drinks.

New this year: an Easter Bonnet contest — to compete, contact Minette Richardson at (928) 978-1119 — and a Cake Walk with more than 30 homemade cakes donated by local businesses.

More information is available at www.PaysonMainStreet.com or by calling Minette Richardson at (928) 978-1119 or Cindy Kofile at (928) 478-1065. To donate a cake for the cake walk, contact Jennifer at (928) 978-1749.

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, thanks to the generosity of the vendors and assistance from the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship.


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 with Holy Wednesday, March 31 low Mass and Unction, 10 a.m.; Maundy Thursday, April 1 Mass, meditation and stripping of the altar at 6:30 p.m.; 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 Maundy Thursday and 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, 800 W. Main, Payson

Community Presbyterian Church’s Maundy Thursday service will be at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 1 and is a service from the ancestral homeland of Presbyterians, Scotland, where it is titled, “An Order for a Small Communion.” It is primarily a reading of scripture and prayer, most all from the Gospel of John. Also included with the sacrament of communion will be an opportunity to engage in foot washing, which Jesus did with His disciples before that Passover celebration, on Thursday evening, the night of His arrest.

Community Presbyterian Church will also 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.

First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Hwy. 87, Pine

A Sunrise Service will be held at approximately 6:50 a.m., with breakfast to follow. There will be Bible study classes for all ages at 9:45 a.m. and a Resurrection worship service at 11 a.m.

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

Easter Week is a time to remember the basic tenets of our Christian faith. During Holy Week, Mount Cross Lutheran Church will celebrate Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. 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.

The ongoing study of the scriptures as well as the Back to Basics class will continue, with Back to Basics on Tuesday nights at 5:30 p.m. The Journey through the Scriptures class will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 31.

Mountain Bible, 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson

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 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.

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

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

• Maundy Thursday, April 1, 6 p.m. - Holy Communion.

• 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 6 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:

• Wednesday, March 31, 9 a.m. a healing service with unction and Holy Communion

• Maundy Thursday, April 1, Holy Communion and foot washing at 6:30 p.m.

• 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

• Holy Thursday – Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6 p.m.; Eucharistic adoration, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• 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.  It is customary to take a basket containing the foods that will be enjoyed Easter morning for the priest to bless. It may contain ham, cheese, bread, colored eggs, pickled beets, a piece of candy for each child, a wine for Easter dinner or servings of baked treats. The idea that the first food one eats on Easter has received a special blessing is one cherished by Slavic nations in Europe even today.


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