Island observes Easter with sunrise service on the beach

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island’s 50th annual Easter Sunrise Service will take place at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 20, at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

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.

Other dates in the Easter season: Palm Sunday is April 13. Maundy Thursday is April 17. Good Friday is April 18.

Holy Week observances are planned at each of the island’s six churches, which work through All Island Denominations.

• CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

Palm Sunday service will be at 9 a.m.

A Good Friday service will be at 7 p.m.

Easter service will be at 9 a.m.

For information, call 941-778-0719.

• Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

The church will celebrate Palm Sunday with Eucharists at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Holy Week begins with Stations of the Cross at 5:30 p.m. April 14-16.

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.

The weekend of Palm/Passion Sunday, there will be a service at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, and 9:30 a.m. April 13.

On Holy Thursday there will be Communion and 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 information, call 941-778-1813.

• Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach.

According to the website, service on Sundays will be at 9:30 a.m.

For information, call 941-779-1912.

• Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

The church will hold Palm Sunday services at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary and featuring the choir and children in a palm processional.

On Maundy Thursday, there will be 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.

For information, call 941-778-4769.


Easter trolley runs on island time

The fare-free island trolley operated by the Manatee County Area Transit will maintain its normal operating hours on Easter Sunday, which is April 20.

An MCAT press notice stated trolleys will depart at 6 a.m. Easter Sunday from both ends of the trolley route. The north end bus leaves the Anna Maria City Pier in Anna Maria and the south end bus from Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach. Both are scheduled to arrive at about 6:15 a.m. at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island has an Easter Sunday sunrise service at the beach that will begin at 6:30 a.m.

The trolleys will make regular stops along the route that morning.

MCAT said the two trolleys will park south of the designated public beach trolley stop during services to minimize noise from idling engines. The trolleys will then be available to return worshippers to their destinations when the service ends.

For MCAT trolley service information, call 941-747-8621 or go online to

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