Easter services, events on Islands
Plans are complete for the 43rd annual Easter sunrise service hosted by the Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club at Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach.
Easter Sunday is April 8 and the traditional sunrise service will begin at 6:45 a.m. with a prelude. The service will feature hymns, music and readings by representatives from churches participating in the All Island Denominations.
The sunrise service draws a large crowd, therefore organizers urge attendees to ride the free Island trolley.
There will also be a sunrise Easter service on Longboat Key, beginning at 7 a.m. hosted by the Longboat Island Chapel at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Following is a schedule of additional Easter Sunday services at the churches, including telephone numbers where further information may be obtained:
Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church St., Bradenton Beach.
Easter Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.
The Rev. Stephen King, pastor. (721-3643)
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Good Friday, Tenebrae services at noon and 7 p.m.
Saturday, Resurrection service at 5 p.m.
Easter Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
The Rev. Rosemary Backer, pastor. (778-1813)
Crosspointe Fellowship, formerly known as Island Baptist Church, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria City.
Easter Sunday service at 10:50 a.m.
The Rev. Dale Lawson, pastor. (778-0719)
Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria City.
Good Friday service at noon.
Easter Sunday services will be at 9 and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Gary Batey, pastor. (778-0414)
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
Easter Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. An Easter egg hunt will be hosted by the church at 1 p.m.
The Rev. Robb Mongiello. (778-4769)
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Maundy Thursday 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Good Friday, at noon the traditional Good Friday liturgy and at 7 p.m. the Way of the Cross.
Easter Sunday services 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. featuring the organ and choir, and 11 a.m.
The Rev. Harry Parsell. (778-1638)
Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. chapel worship service followed by an Easter egg hunt at 11 a.m.
The Rev. Kenneth Gill, senior minister; the Rev. Daniel Maiden, assistant minister. (383-6491).