The Christian Holy Week is marked by both solemn and joyous celebrations.
The congregation of the Payson Community Presbyterian Church invites local residents and visitors to come view a wide variety of Christian crosses on display in the narthex and sanctuary during part of Holy Week.
Church members, acting as docents, will encourage visitors to walk through and look over their favorite crosses and learn why — or how — each cross came to be special to the contributor.
Among the pieces being displayed are some from the church’s minister, Charles Proudfoot, including a stained glass Celtic cross he brought back from a visit to Scotland. There are beaded and crocheted crosses, jewelry and statuary.
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. Light refreshments will be served. The church is located at 800 W. Main St. For additional information, contact the church office at (929) 474-2059.
Easter celebration in Star Valley
Greater Payson Moose Lodge and Star Valley Baptist Church invite all local children, ages 0-10, to come for an Easter Celebration at the Star Valley Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 31. There will be an Easter egg hunt, free hot dogs, chips, punch, games and prizes. The Easter Bunny will also be dropping by so bring a camera. The church is located on East Highway 260 in Star Valley.
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 under 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 turn 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).
Rumsey Park is located at 328 N. McLane Road.
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 Road, 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.
Holy Week and Easter Services
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.
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. 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 — “Lest I Forget.”
Easter Sunday, 9:30 a.m., Sunday, April 8 — “Resurrection Celebration.”
Everyone is invited to celebrate with the congregation. The church is located at 200 E. Tyler Parkway.
Payson United Methodist Church
Seder Dinner is at 6 p.m., Thursday, April 5.
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.
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
Following is St. Philip’s schedule of services.
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.
Shepherd of The Pines Lutheran Church
Following is a schedule of Holy Week services.
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. For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.
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