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Easter celebrations provide chance to start fresh

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The 16th Annual Egg Scramble, sponsored by the Town of Payson, will start at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30 at the Rumsey 2 Softball Field. Different age groups will hunt for the eggs at separate times.

Rim Country residents and their visitors have an opportunity to get a fresh start in life through the many services planned by area churches for Holy Week. Plus there will be some fun for the young ones.

Many of the churches will have services March 28 for Maundy Thursday and March 29 for Good Friday (see below for the church schedules).

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday (also known as Holy Thursday) is the Christian feast, or holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter, according to the Wikipedia entry. It commemorates the Maundy (foot washing) and Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles. The liturgy held on the evening of Maundy Thursday initiates the Easter Triduum, the period which commemorates the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ; this period includes Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and ends on the evening of Easter.

Fun for the young

Once again the Town of Payson is hosting a big community Easter egg hunt for those 12 and younger — the 16th Annual Egg Scramble.

This year the event is at the Rumsey 2 Softball Field, near Taylor Pool, starting at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, March 30.

Children can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for special prizes. Different age groups will hunt for the eggs at separate times:

• 9:30 a.m., ages 0 to 3

• 9:45 a.m., ages 4 and 5

• 10 a.m., ages 6 and 7

• 10:15 a.m., ages 8 and 9

• 10:30 a.m., ages 10 to 12

• 10:45 a.m., special needs children

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The annual Resurrection Celebration in the Park will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 30 in the big ramada at Rumsey Park. Hosted by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, the event continues until 3 p.m.

Resurrection Celebration in the Park

Not far from the Egg Scramble, the annual Resurrection Celebration will begin at 10 a.m., Saturday, March 30 in the big ramada at Rumsey Park.

Hosted by the Payson Christian Ministerial Fellowship, the event will continue until 3 p.m.

There will be live entertainment including music, drama and puppet shows. Among those performing will be Celebrate Recovery from Mountain Bible Church; the LaRoca Band; a group from Expedition Church; Rachel Ann from Calvary Chapel Payson; and Mark Henning from Living Word Bible Church.

Expect fun for the whole family with free food, drinks, cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs, burritos and desserts. There will also be a clothing giveaway, a giveaway table, games for the children, bounce houses, face painting, hay rides throughout the day, newspaper hats, prizes and candy.

A number of groups will also have community information booths at the event. Scheduled to participate are Celebrate Recovery, Payson Community Christian School, the Gideons, Beyond Limits, New Beginnings, U-Turn for Christ, Skate Park Unfolding, Time Out Inc., Payson Community Kids and Safe Haven.

Everything is free — just bring a non-perishable food item for the local food banks.

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Children can collect eggs filled with candy and coupons for special prizes at the annual Egg Scramble, Saturday at Rumsey 2 Softball Field. Different age groups will hunt for the eggs as follow: 9:30 a.m., ages 0 to 3; 9:45 a.m., ages 4 and 5; 10 a.m., ages 6 and 7; 10:15 a.m., ages 8 and 9; 10:30 a.m., ages 10 to 12; and 10:45 a.m., special needs children.

Holy Week Services

The Catholic Church of Holy Nativity, 1414 N. Easy St., Payson — Thursday, March 28 Maundy (Holy) Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper 6:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29 Good Friday — Church open for prayer, meditation and confessions

noon to 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross 2 p.m.

Saturday, March 30 Holy Saturday — Easter Vigil Mass and lighting of the Paschal Candle 6:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, March 31 Easter Mass 10 a.m. following the Annual Easter Brunch

Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson — Maundy Thursday, March 28, 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 also includes Foot Washing.

The service will begin at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary. Presbyterians believe in “Open Communion” — all persons who acknowledge Christ as Lord and Savior are welcome at the Table.

You can contact the church office at (928) 474-2059 with any questions.

Good Friday, March 29 — Community Presbyterian Church participates in an Ecumenical Service. This year it will be held at Community Presbyterian Church and the service will be a Tenebrae (Tenebrae is Latin for “The Shadows”). It is a powerful Service of Darkness as Christ dies. The service will begin at 7 p.m.

Easter, Sunday, March 31 — You are welcome to attend Easter Service with us on Easter morning, starting with breakfast at 9 a.m. and worship starting at 10:30 a.m.

Expedition Church, which meets at the Julia Randall Elementary School gym, 902 W. Main, Payson — 10:10 a.m., Sunday, March 31, Easter Service. Pastor Donovan Christian will share a special message titled Every Scar Tells a Story. A nursery is available and children will have a special celebration including games, crafts and Easter story. For more information, go to discoverexpedition.com.

First Baptist Church of Pine, 4039 N. Highway 87, Pine — Resurrection Services will be celebrated Sunday, March 31 with a Sunrise Service at approximately 6:45 a.m., with a free breakfast to follow; Bible study classes at 9:15 a.m.; and worship service at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to help the congregation celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior by attending all or any of the services on this day of celebration when we rejoice our Risen Lord. For more information, please call the Church office at (928) 476-3552.

Mount Cross Lutheran Church, 601 E. Highway 260, Payson — Maundy Thursday, March 28, service at 6 p.m.

Good Friday, March 29, service at 1:30 p.m., plus in the evening, Mount Cross will join with Payson Community Presbyterian, Payson United Methodist and St. Paul’s Episcopal churches in an Ecumenical Service to be held at Payson Community Presbyterian at 7 p.m.

Mount Cross celebrates Easter Sunday with two services — an 8:30 a.m. traditional service and a 10:30 a.m. praise service. A continental breakfast buffet will be offered between the services in the log building.

Payson First Assembly — the “Church at Green Valley Park” — 1100 W. Lake Drive, Payson — The community is invited to attend a special Good Friday Service at 6:30 p.m., March 29 in addition to the Easter Service at 10:30 a.m., March 31. The church’s normally scheduled Sunday evening meetings will be canceled that day. For more information, call (928) 474-2302.

Payson United Methodist Church, 414 N. Easy St. — Holy Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. dinner with beef roast and vegetables, and sheet cake for dessert. There will be a re-enactment of the Lord’s Supper. Jesus will be there, so please come. Reservations are requested, call (928) 474-0485.

Good Friday, March 29, 7 p.m., Ecumenical Service at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson.

Easter Sunday, March 31, 6 a.m. Sunrise Service outside the church — fellowship time and food follow; contemporary service, 8:30 a.m.; Easter egg hunt, 9:30 a.m.; fellowship, 9:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.; traditional service, 11 a.m. The menu for the times of fellowship will be egg strata, quiche, fruit, juice, coffee, and tea.

Ponderosa Bible Church, 1800 N. Beeline Highway, Payson — 7 p.m., Friday, March 29, Good Friday Service.

Shepherd of the Pines Lutheran Church, 507 W. Wade Lane — Maundy Thursday, March 28, service at 6 p.m. and Holy Communion will be served; the theme is The Taste Test.

Good Friday, March 29, service at 6 p.m.; the theme is Buried.

Easter Sunday, March 31, Son-Rise Service at 7 a.m. with Holy Communion; the theme is Exodus For All. A pancake breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. The Easter Resurrection Service is at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion; the theme is Some to The Feast.

For more information, call Pastor Steve DeSanto at (928) 474-5440.

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1000 N. Easy St., Payson — Maundy Thursday, March 28, services will be at 6:30 p.m. with Foot Washing, Holy Eucharist and Stripping of the Altar.

Friday, March 29, at noon, the Good Friday Liturgy.

Friday, March 29, 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross.

Easter Day, March 31, at 6 a.m. Sunrise Service at the church’s new property, next to Northwood Condos on east side of Highway 87 will be held. Enter through the condos and park to the right and bring a chair.

Easter Day, March 31, at 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist at the church.

Easter Day, March 31, 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist at the church.

St. Philip the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, 511 S. St. Phillips St., Payson — Holy Thursday, March 28, 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, March 29: 7:30 a.m., rosary and morning prayer; noon, Stations of the Cross in Spanish; 5:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross in English; 6 p.m. Liturgy of the Passion and Death of Our Lord.

Holy Saturday, March 30: 9 a.m., rosary and morning prayer Blessing of Food; 7 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass.

Easter Sunday, March 31: Mass, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in English; 12:30 p.m. in Spanish.

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