The residents of the Payson community have had the opportunity to celebrate the Easter holiday together for several years at the Resurrection Celebration. Residents with youngsters in their families have also enjoyed the big community Easter egg hunt, called the Eggstravaganza. Both events, as well as the Pine and Strawberry community egg hunt will be Saturday, April 7. Below are details, plus a reminder of the special display of crosses at the Community Presbyterian Church and a listing of the church services planned for Holy Week.
The Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship will present the annual Resurrection Celebration from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 7 at Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Rd., Payson.
The event is free, but everyone is invited to bring a can or box of food for the food bank.
There will be entertainment, including Mark Henning Drama; Cavu Band; RU Band; Exit Band; and praise bands from area churches. Games with prizes are planned; there will also be bounce houses and puppet shows, along with clowns and face painting.
Free food and drink will be available: hot dogs, sodas, baked goods, popcorn, Snow Cones, cotton candy and burritos.
Giveaways are planned as well, including clothing giveaways.
The annual Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt, presented by Kiwanis and co-sponsored by the Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will be at Rumsey Park, on Field 2, Saturday, April 7.
This free program is for children 12 and younger and allows them to collect eggs filled with candy and prizes.
The fun starts at 9:30 a.m. for infants to toddlers, to age 3; those 4 and 5 get their chance on the field at 9:45 a.m.; 6- and 7-year-olds will search for their eggs starting at 10 a.m.; those 8 and 9 get their turns at 10:15 a.m.; those 10 to 12 search starting at 10:30 a.m.; special needs children will search at 10:45 a.m. (times are approximate).
Celebrate Easter in Pine
The third annual Easter Egg Fun Day will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 7 at the Pine Trailhead. The free event includes an egg hunt, coloring area, snacks, prizes, the fire truck, Easter bunny and handmade candy carriers.
The congregation of the Payson Community Presbyterian Church invites local residents and visitors to come view a wide variety of Christian crosses on display during part of Holy Week in the narthex and sanctuary.
The display hours are from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 5 and on Good Friday, April 6. Viewing hours on Easter Sunday will be before church service from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. and following church service from noon until 3 p.m. For additional information contact the church office at (929) 474-2059.
Community Presbyterian Church of Payson
There will be a special worship service at the traditional Maundy Thursday, April 5 observance. Maundy Thursday is the day when Christ introduced the Sacrament of Holy Communion to the Disciples. The service to be used originates from the Church of Scotland (ancestral home for Presbyterians) and consists mainly of readings from Holy Scripture.
This particular order of worship shows clearly why the Sacrament of communion is observed and the meaning of each part. For both new and lifelong Christians, it gives the opportunity to reflect on the Sacrament’s meaning.
The service will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 5 in the Sanctuary. Presbyterians believe in “Open Communion” — all persons who acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior are welcome at the Table.
The church is at 800 W. Main, Payson; contact the church office at (928) 474-2059 with any questions.
Resurrection Day Celebration: “His Scars, Our Savior” with guest outreach team from Youth With A Mission. There will be a breakfast served at 9:15 a.m., with the service starting at 10 a.m.
The church is at 114 E. Cedar Lane, Payson.
First Baptist Church of Pine
On Resurrection Sunday, April 8 the Sunrise Service will be at approximately 6:45 a.m., wear warm clothes as we worship looking at the mountains. A free breakfast will follow. Bible study classes will be at 9:15 a.m., with the Resurrection Worship Service at 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church is located at 4039 N. Highway 87 in Pine.
Mount Cross Lutheran Church
During Holy Week, there will be a Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m., April 5, as well as a Good Friday service at 1 p.m., April 6; both of these services will be held in the church sanctuary. Normal services will be held Easter Sunday, April 8 — a traditional service will take place at 8:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. there will be a praise service; and 6:30 p.m., XaLt.
A continental breakfast will be served between the 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. Everyone is welcome to attend any of these services and invited to join the congregation at any of the weekly Sunday services.
The church is located at 601 E. Highway 260, Payson.
Mountain Bible Church
Easter services will be held at 7 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., with children’s programming at 8:45 a.m.and 10:30 a.m.
The congregation invites Rim residents and visitors to join it as Pastor Jim Harper leads the most famous Crime Scene Investigation of all time. Was Jesus of Nazareth a liar, lunatic… or truly Lord of All? Come find out!
There will also be an Easter service in Spanish at 12:30 p.m., where La Roca Church meets on a weekly basis.
The church is located at 302 E. Rancho Road, Payson. For additional information, call (928) 472-7800.
Payson First Church of the Nazarene
Good Friday services will be at 6 p.m., Friday, April 6, the theme of the service is “Lest I Forget”.
Easter Sunday the “Resurrection Celebration” will be at 9:30 a.m., Sunday, April 8.
Everyone is invited to celebrate with the congregation. The church is located at 200 E. Tyler Parkway, Payson.
Payson United Methodist Church
A Seder Dinner will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 5.
A Good Friday Ecumenical Service is at 7 p.m., Friday, April 6.
On Easter Sunday, April 8, there will be a Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. followed by Easter breakfast at 7:15 a.m. The Easter Service takes place at 8:30 a.m.
The church is located at 414 N. Easy St., Payson.
Rock of Ages Lutheran Church
Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. - Maundy Thursday Service with Communion sermon on “Receive the Blessings of the Cross!” with Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg preaching from Luke 22:19, 20.
Friday, April 6, 7 p.m. - Good Friday Service sermon on “Jesus Died Willingly!” with Pastor David Sweet preaching from John 19:1-16. The Rock of Ages Choir will also participate.
Sunday, April 8, 6 a.m. - Easter Sunrise Service sermon on “He Lives! You Will Live Too!” with Pastor Thomas Spiegelberg preaching.
Sunday, April 8, 7 a.m. - Easter Breakfast in Fellowship Hall - this is a free, full breakfast for everyone.
Sunday, April 8, 9 a.m. - Easter Festival Service sermon on “Peace and Life Are Yours!” with Pastor David Sweet preaching. The Rock of Ages Choir will also participate.
Rock of Ages Lutheran Church is at 204 West Airport Road, Payson. For more information, contact Pastor David Sweet, (928) 474-2098.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Sunday, April 1, 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. - Palm Sunday Service.
Wednesday, April 4, 5:30 p.m. - Christian Seder Meal and Service.
Thursday, April 5, 6:30 p.m. - Foot Washing Service.
Friday, April 6, Noon - Good Friday Liturgy; 3 p.m. - Stations of the Cross; 7 p.m. - Ecumenical Good Friday Service at the United Methodist Church.
Sunday, April 8, Easter Day Services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The church is at 1000 N. Easy Street in Payson.
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
Holy Thursday – April 5: 7:30 a.m., Rosary and Morning Prayer; 6 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Evening Visit to Eucharist Repository in the Parish Center Hall.
Good Friday – April 6: 7:30 a.m., Rosary and Morning Prayer; noon, Stations of the Cross – Spanish; 5:30 p.m., Stations of the Cross – English; 6 p.m., Liturgy of the Passion and Death of our Lord.
Holy Saturday – April 7: 9 a.m., Rosary and Morning Prayer Blessing of Food; 7 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass.
Easter Sunday – April 8: Masses at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Spanish).
The church is located at 511 S. St. Philips St., Payson.
Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church
Palm Sunday, April 1 service at 10 a.m. The theme is “Narrative Reading of The Passion”.
Maundy Thursday, April 5 service at 6 p.m. The theme is “The Miraculous in Holy Communion” with Holy Communion served.
Good Friday, April 6 service at 6 p.m. The theme is “The Miracle of Good Friday”.
Easter Sunday, April 8: Son-Rise service at 7 a.m., with Holy Communion. The theme is “The Miracle of Easter”. A pancake breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. Easter Resurrection service is at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion. The theme is “Don’t seek the Living among the Dead”.
The church is located at 507 W. Wade Lane, Payson. For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.