At Easter sunrise services, Christians hear the word of God as they watch the day bloom. It reminds worshippers that Jesus’ sacrifice allows them to begin again, like a new dawn, free from sin. Christians rejoice in the new day, and thank Jesus Christ, in whose death they received eternal life.
Here’s a list of sunrise and some other services, plus a couple of other fun things to do.
Community Sunrise Service — 6:30 a.m. April 21 at Oceanfront Park, 6415 N. Ocean Blvd., Boynton Beach. Hosted by First United Methodist Church. fumcbb.com.
Sunrise Easter Service — 6:30-7:30 a.m. April 21, South Beach Park, 400 S. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Hosted by St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church. Additional services at St. Gregory’s are at 7:30, 9 and 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. A special Easter vigil is planned from 7:30 p.m. April 20 through 7 p.m. April 21. For more details, call 395-8285 or visit stgregorysepiscopal.org.
Easter Sunday Sunrise Service — 6:30 a.m. April 21 at the Beach Pavilion, Atlantic Avenue at A1A, Delray Beach. Bring a lawn chair. Easter hymns and music. Hosted by Delray Beach Clergy Association. 276-4541; stpaulsdelray.org.
St. Jude Easter Sunrise Service — 7 a.m. April 21, South Inlet Park Beach, 1298 S. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. Mass on the beach open to people of all faiths and parishes. 392-8172 or stjudeboca.org.
The Boca Raton Kiwanis Club’s Nondenominational Easter Sunrise Service — 7 a.m. April 21, Red Reef Park, 1400 N. Ocean Blvd., Boca Raton. The Rev. Ray Wehrenberg, regional chaplain of Acts Retirement Life Committees, will speak, with music by local singers Pamela Martyna and Poppie Marcier. Free coffee, juice, doughnuts. Bring a beach chair. kiwanisclubofbocaraton.com.
Sunrise Easter Service — 7:30 a.m. April 21 on the soccer field at Spanish River Church, 2400 Yamato Road, Boca Raton. Additional services at 9, 10:30 a.m. and noon. 994-5000; spanishriver.com.
Easter Services — at Calvary Chapel Boca, 1551 W. Camino Real, offers services at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon April 21. It also has a Saturday night service at 6:15 p.m. and Good Friday services at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. 869-5775; calvaryftl.org/boca
Victory Church Easter Service — 10 a.m. April 21, Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium at FAU, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton. Child care available. An egg hunt with prizes for the kids follows the service. A Good Friday service is offered at 7 p.m. April 19 at the Kaye Auditorium. There is no child care for this service. 391-2800; victory.org.
Our Savior Lutheran Easter Sunrise Service — 6:30 a.m. April 21 at R.G. Kreusler Park on the north side of Lake Worth Beach. Following the service, a traditional Easter breakfast is planned at the church, 1615 Lake Ave., Lake Worth. 582-4430.
Good Friday Service — 7 p.m. April 19, Unity of Delray Beach, 101 NW 22nd St. The Rev. Greg Barrette will speak about the seven last words of Jesus. “Good Friday is the second part of the three-step process of Holy Week,” Barrette said. “It begins with the vision of Palm Sunday and ends with the power of Easter. We’ll explore the seven last words of Jesus to find clues on how to release this awesome power into our lives.”
Call 276-5796 or visit unityofdelraybeach.org.
Just for fun
Easter Family Festival — 6-9 p.m. April 19, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1530 W. Camino Real, Boca Raton. A live DJ, bounce houses, face painting. Free. Everyone welcome. 395-8957; lds.org.
Easter Brunch — 10 a.m. April 21, The Addison, 2 E. Camino Real, Boca Raton. Brunch buffet is back, with live music, kids activities and mimosas and Bellinis. $89.95, plus tax and gratuity; $44.99 for children younger than 12. Reservations required at 372-0568.
The Delray Beach Green Market’s Easter Bonnet Pet Parade — 9-11:30 a.m. April 7, Old School Square, Delray Beach. This annual favorite features pets and bonnets, pets in bonnets, pets with owners in bonnets, you get the idea. Prizes for these top dog- and cat-egories: most traditional bonnet, original, funniest, most tropical, most frou-frou, owner-doggie look-alike. Age categories are for adults, kids 12 and younger, and teens 13 and older.
Register at 10:15 a.m. at the center of the great lawn ($5, which benefits Dezzy’s Second Chance Animal Rescue).
Talluia the mini-pony will lead the parade, which begins at 11 a.m. and travels south on Northeast First Street to Atlantic Avenue, then goes west to the Cornell Museum of Art for judging and awards.
Dezzy’s Second Chance at 954-588-7045; delraycra.org/greenmarket.
— Janis Fontaine