Palm Sunday and Easter week services will be offered islandwide at churches, including special events during the holy week, beginning with Palm Sunday services and ending Easter Sunday, April 8.
The annual Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island sunrise Easter nondenominational observance will begin at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
All Anna Maria Island churches will participate in the 48th annual Kiwanis service, including an invocation by the Rev. Dee deMontmillion of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation and sermon by the Rev. Rosemary Backer of the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
Also on Easter Sunday, Longboat Island Chapel offers a 7 a.m. sunrise service at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, with the Rev. Charlie Shook officiating.
Other Easter observances include:
St. Bernard Catholic Church
Services are planned for Palm Sunday, beginning Saturday, March 31, and continuing through Easter Sunday, April 8, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.
A Vigil Mass will be celebrated at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 31.
Masses also will be celebrated at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Palm Sunday, April 1.
The Mass of the Lord’s Supper will be offered at 7 p.m., followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m. Holy Thursday, April 5.
The Passion and Veneration of the Cross will be held at 3 p.m. Good Friday, April 6.
The Blessing of Easter Food is at 10 a.m., and an Easter Vigil will be 8:30 p.m., on Holy Saturday, April 7.
Easter Sunday mass will be at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
For more information, call 941-778-4769.
Episcopal Church of the Annunciation
Holy week begins at the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, with April 1 Palm Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
There will be Stations at the Cross 5:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-4; Holy Eucharist and Healing will be held at 9:30 a.m.; Foot Washing and Stripping of the Altar at 6 p.m.; and Vigil Watch following in the church’s memorial garden Maundy Thursday, April 5.
The church focuses on Jesus’ Seven Last Words, beginning at noon Good Friday, April 6.
On Easter Sunday, April 8, services begin with a Rite I service at 7:30 a.m., followed by 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Rite II Festival Eucharist services accompanied by choir and organ.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services are added to the regular services during Easter week at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
Regular services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Palm Sunday, April 1.
A Maundy Thursday service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
Two Good Friday services are offered, at noon and 7 p.m., Friday, April 6.
Gloria Dei encourages early risers to attend the 6:30 a.m. sunrise service at Manatee County Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, and their regular services at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Easter, Sunday, April 8.
For more information, call 941-778-1813.
Regular services continue for Easter week at Cross-Pointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Sundays, April 1 and April 8.
For more information, call 941-778-0719.
Harvey Memorial Community Church
Regular services at Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will be held Easter week at 9:30 a.m. Sundays, April 1 and April 8.
For more information call 941-79-1912.
Roser Memorial Community Church
Easter week services will be held at the Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays, April 1 and April 8. For more information, call 941-778-0414.
Longboat Island Chapel
The Longboat Island Chapel will hold special services and a children’s Easter egg hunt during Easter week.
The chapel’s Palm Sunday service will be at 10 a.m. April 1.
A Maundy Thursday supper will be held at 5:30 p.m. April 5.
The church’s Easter sunrise service will be held at 7 a.m. at Bayfront Park, 4052 Gulf of Mexico Drive. Also on Easter, a 10 a.m. service of worship will be held at the church, followed by a children’s Easter egg hunt in the garden. All services, with the exception of the sunrise service, are held at the Longboat Island Chapel, 6200 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
For more information, call 383-6491.
Christ Church of Longboat Key
Christ Church of Longboat Key will hold Palm Sunday services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. April 1, at the church, 6400 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
A Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5.
Easter Sunday services will be held at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
For more information, call 941-383-8833.