Easter events scheduled this weekend

Published 11:59 pm Friday, April 10, 2009

There are an abundance of Easter weekend events to choose from around Covington County. Many area churches are hosting Easter egg hunts, as well as the traditional sunrise services on Easter Sunday.

Today, there are three events to choose from:

West Highland Baptist Church will hold an egg hunt at 2 p.m.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church will hold Holy Saturday services at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The Nine of Heart Club will host an Easter egg hunt today 10:30 a.m. for ages toddler to sixth grade at the Will Coleman Center grounds. Prizes and refreshments will be served.

On Sunday, there are a multitude of happenings to attend:

An Easter sunrise service with Dr. Sidney Draayer, will be held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Charles Eldridge at 811 Sanford Road beginning 6:30 a.m. Come early for coffee and bring a lawn chair.

The annual Andalusia Easter sunrise service will be held at the Andalusia Memorial Cemetery on the corner of State Hwy. 55 and Easley Road at 6:15 a.m. The speaker is the Rev. Leroy Cole. In case of inclement weather, it will be held at the Covington Baptist Association office on U.S. Hwy. 84 near Sanford. Worshippers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs for seating at the outdoor service.

There will be a sunrise service in Dozier at 6:30 a.m. at the Dozier Cemetery, with weather permitting; otherwise the event will beheld at the Dozier Baptist Church. The morning’s sermon will be provided by the Rev. Sam Persons-Parkes, pastor of Dozier United Methodist Church. Breakfast will be served afterward in the fellowship hall.

New Hope Lutheran Church, located at 504 Montgomery St., invites everyone to celebrate Easter Sunday with brunch at 10 a.m., a children’s Easter egg hunt at 10:30 a.m., and worship at 11 a.m.

Mt. Gilead Baptist Church will present its Easter cantata, “In His Presence,” at 11 a.m.

Gantt’s Rawls Baptist Church will have its Easter cantata, “Love Grew Where the Blood Fell,” today at 11 a.m. The cantata is directed by Greg Aplin, and it will also be homecoming at the church.

West Highland Baptist Church’s adult choir will present its the Easter cantata “In the Presence of Jehovah” at 11 a.m.

Antioch Missionary Baptist will hold its annual family and friends day today. The 11 a.m. worship service will be followed by lunch, and the family and friends day program is set for 2:30 p.m. with the Rev. Alfagus Smith, pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist in Brantley, as the guest speaker.

The Church of the Nazarene, located 7 miles north of Hardee’s in the Antioch Community, will have a special singer, Wade Hammond, perform during services, which begin at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served after the service, and everyone is invited to attend. For more information or directions, call 222-7983.

Conecuh River Baptist Church will hold sunrise services at 6 a.m. with breakfast to follow in the fellowship hall.

And don’t forget: The free production of “From the Manger to the Ccross” will be held tonight and Sunday night at 7 p.m. at Opp’s Westview Baptist Church. Seating, which is available for 1,000 people, will begin at 6 p.m. Parking is available at the Lurleen B. Wallace Community College McArthur campus and a shuttle service will be provided.