Easter Sunday will arrive April 20, with a celebration on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico in Holmes Beach.
The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s annual Easter Sunrise Service will take place at 6:30 a.m. at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive.
The annual service draws more than 1,000 people to the beach.
The Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe will be open at 6 a.m. for the early worship. Also, the island trolley will be in operation at 6 a.m.
Organizers suggest attendees bring blankets and chairs — for comfort, because the beach can be chilly at dawn.
The Rev. Sung Lee of Roser Memorial Community Church will deliver the invocation.
The Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Community Church will deliver the morning’s sermon, titled “Good News.”
The Revs. Dee Ann de Montmollin of the Episcopal Church of Annunciation and Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church will share Easter Scripture.
The Rev. Ed Moss of CrossPointe Fellowship will give the offertory prayer and the Rev. Michael Mullen of St. Bernard Catholic Church will give the benediction.
Daniel Paul Anzaldo, accompanied by Drew Thomas will provide the music.
Collections at the service are shared among the six island churches and support charitable work in Manatee County.
For more information, call Kiwanis president David Miner at 941-748-8122.
Island churches celebrate Easter
The six churches on Anna Maria Island are celebrating Holy Week with services and other events.
Maundy Thursday is April 17.
Good Friday is April 18.
Easter is April 20.
CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a Good Friday service at 7 p.m.
Easter service will be at 9 a.m.
For information, call 941-778-0719.
The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, is marking Holy Week with Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. through April 16.
There will be a Maundy Thursday service, including the washing of feet, at 7 p.m. April 17. After the service, the Vigil in the Garden will begin.
At noon April 18, the Good Friday service begins with meditations on the Seven Last Words by members of the parish, both clergy and lay.
On Easter Sunday, the first service of Holy Eucharist Rite I, begins at 7:30 a.m. There will be a Festival Eucharist Rite II with music at 9 a.m.
After that service, there will be telling of the Easter story and an Easter egg hunt about 10:15 a.m.
The final service is another Festival Eucharist Rite II with music at 11 a.m.
For information, call 941-778-1638.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, will observe Holy Thursday with Communion and a stripping of the altar at 7 p.m.
There will be a noon service and a 7 p.m. Tenebrae (Service of Darkness) on Good Friday.
On Easter Sunday, there will be festival worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Between the Easter services, the church will serve brunch and hold an Easter egg hunt.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, holds service on Sundays at 9:30 a.m., according to the church website.
For more information, call 941-779-1912.
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will observe Maundy Thursday with a 7 p.m. service in the chapel — a celebration of the Lord’s Supper and special music by flautist Mary Deur.
On Good Friday, there will be a noon service in the chapel, with special music by violinist Alissa Doudna.
On Easter Sunday, there will be 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in the sanctuary. Attendees are asked to bring a flower to place on the cross.
For information, call 941-778-0414.
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will observe Holy Thursday with a 7 p.m. Mass.
The observance on Good Friday — Passion of Our Lord — will be at 3 p.m.
On Holy Saturday, there will be an Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.
On Easter Sunday, there will be a Mass at 8:30 a.m. and there will be two Masses at 10:30 a.m.
For information, call 941-778-4769.