Easter Sunday is one of the most significant days on the Christian calendar. It celebrates the resurrection of Jesus from the dead and is a time of reflection, celebration and renewal.
In many parts of the world, Easter is also associated with the Easter Bunny, a figure who brings Easter eggs and sweet treats for children to enjoy.
However you chose to celebrate Easter, be reminded that the center of it is family.
There are several area churches that are prepared for special services during Holy Week — from Maundy Thursday and Good Friday to Resurrection Sunday. Call or visit the websites listed for more details on the programs being held during the week leading to Easter Sunday.
Epicenter Church, 2512 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville, 910-485-8855. Will conduct an Easter egg hunt on Saturday April 8. The event is called “Hop Around Town — Fayetteville” a free Easter event tailored for the whole family. The event will include egg hunts, inflatables, pizza and more. Epicenter will conduct “Hop Around Town” at three additional locations: Anderson Creek, Linden Oaks and Grays Creek. You can register for the event at any location at www.hoparoundtown.com. Service times on Sunday are 9 and 11 a.m.
Northwood Temple, 4250 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville. Sunday service times are 9 a.m. Sunday School, 10 a.m. Worship Service and 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Family Night. Services are held in Spanish at Iglesias Northwood (Spanish) HORARIOS: Domingo 11 a.m. & Miércoles 8 p.m. online, https://northwoodtemple.org/events/live-easter-egg-hunt/.
Highland Baptist Church, 4456 Legion Road, Hope Mills. Join Highland Baptist Church for their annual Easter Dash fun run, celebrating Easter! Children (up through 5th grade) will be racing to various stations that will teach them about the meaning of Easter. Like a Color Run, this run will include obstacles and clouds of color. Additional festivities will include music, face-painting, food, and bounce houses. Open to the public. Pre-registration required. www.highlandbaptistnc.org. Service times on Sunday are 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Manna Church, 5117 Cliffdale Road, Fayetteville, presents an epic love story beyond comparison. Manna invites you to an Easter celebration that walks you through the final weeks of Jesus, the Creator of the World. Beginning on Maundy Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., come share in the Last Supper through the tradition of Communion. Continue to Good Friday April 7, when the church will hear how Jesus paid the cost of sin on the cross. On Saturday April 8 at 5 p.m. and Sunday April 9, Manna Church will conclude the week by celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus. Families can download an Easter Activity Kit at www.fayftbragg.manna.church that include crafts, games, coloring and recipes. Visit the churches website for date, times and eight locations.
Village Baptist Church, 906 McPherson Church Road, Fayetteville. Join the Village for a special Maundy Thursday service April 6. It’s the day to remember the Last Supper, when Jesus celebrated the Passover with his disciples the night before his betrayal, arrest, and the events leading to his crucifixion. Resurrection Service Sunday April 9 at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Come celebrate the Good News of Christ's victory. For more information visit https://www.thevillagebc.church/easter.
Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1601 Raeford Road in Fayetteville, will follow the life of Jesus from Palm Sunday on April 2 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to Easter Sunday. Maundy Thursday April 6 (Holy Eucharist), Good Friday April 7 (Solemn Liturgy with Communion) noon and 7 p.m., and Easter Sunday on April 9 at 10:30 a.m. and Annual Easter Egg Hunt following the morning liturgy. Visit https://www.holytrinityfay.org/ for info.
First Presbyterian Church, 102 Ann Street in Fayetteville, invites all to worship on Easter Sunday morning April 9 at 6:30 a.m. for Community Sunrise Easter Worship Service in Lafayette Park. Visit the website for registration and more information. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07ejocwprodc541032&llr=6avwukjab.
The Fayetteville Church, 1700 Elliot Farm Road in Fayetteville. Join Fayetteville Church on April 9 for an early morning devotional and Easter Sunday Service followed by an Egg Hunt. Sunrise Prayer 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., Easter Sunrise Devotional 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Visit the website for additional information - https://www.thefayettevillechurch.org/event-details/easter-sunday-2
Victory Outreach Word Ministries, 4814 U.S. 301 in Hope Mills. Join the VOW Church family for Easter Service on April 9. Service times are Sunday at 11 a.m. and Wednesday at 7 p.m. Visit the website for more information. https://www.facebook.com/thevowchurch/about.
Balm in Gilead Ministries, 3110 Doc Bennett Road in Fayetteville. All are welcomed to attend Balm in Gilead Ministries for Good Friday Communion Service held on Friday April 7 at 6 p.m. Easter Morning Worship service begins at 10:30 a.m. Please visit the link for more information http://www.balmingileadnc.org/.
Covenant Love Church, 420 Dunn Road in Fayetteville. Join CLC for an Easter weekend celebration. Friday, April 7 will be celebrating Good Friday with a Worship Service as we Behold Jesus together! Everyone is welcome to attend and join us, doors open at 6 p.m. and worship begins at 7 p.m. in the Main Sanctuary in Building B. The Easter Weekend continues in the Prayer Room on Saturday, April 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. as we come together to pray over our Easter Service and community. Saturday's Prayer Room will take place in Building D Mission Control. Easter Sunday takes place on Sunday, April 9. We will be having one service at 10 a.m. with the Campus opening at 9 a.m. Please visit the link for more information https://covenantlove.churchcenter.com/registrations/events/1552507.
Fayetteville Christian Church, 4308 Rosehill Road in Fayetteville. Join FCC church family for Sunday morning service at 10:30 a.m. for an Easter Sunday celebration. Please visit https://www.fayettevillechristian.org/ for more information.
Saint Ann Catholic Church, 357 N. Cool Spring Street in Fayetteville. Father Michael Coveyou and congregation invite you to Holy Thursday, April 6, (no 9 a.m. Daily Mass), Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7 p.m. The church will remain open until 10 p.m. for Adoration at the Altar of Repose. Good Friday, April 7, (no 12:15 p.m. Daily Mass), Stations of the Cross 3 p.m.; Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion 7 p.m. Holy Saturday, April 8, Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets 10 a.m. (no 5 p.m. Mass), The Great Easter Vigil 8:30 p.m., Easter Sunday, April 9, 8:30 a.m. Mass and 11 a.m. Mass. Visit website for more information - https://www.stanncatholicchurch.org/.
U.S. Army Fort Bragg All American Chapel Services, Bldg. C-7242. Sunday morning Worship Service — live stream at 11 a.m.; Catholic Mass Saturday at 5 p.m. and Mass Sunday at 9 a.m.
Additional Protestant Religious Education Programs:
Friday at 7 p.m. — LDS Religious Education, Protestant Women of the Chapel, Tuesday 9 a.m. — live stream Tuesday 6:30 p.m. (Nightly Study) 2nd and 4th Thursday at 9 a.m.
Spanish PWOC Reconciliation (30 minutes prior to every Mass), Saturday 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 8:30 a.m.
Visit the website for additional chapel locations and times, https://home.army.mil/bragg/index.php/about/garrison/religious-services/al.
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