Special Easter Services Offered By Local Churches

Compiled By Amanda Boston

Bay Life Church will host four services on Easter weekend. Pastor Mark Saunders will be speaking on Jesus’ journey to the cross and his resurrection in a sermon titled, Best Week Ever. Easter service times are as followed on Saturday, April 15 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Bay Life is located at 1017 Kingsway Rd. in Brandon.

Boyette Springs Church of God will celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. with a special message from Pastor Michael Parnell. The church is located at 12114 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, contact the church at 671-0086 or visit www.mybscog.org.

The Chapel At Fishhawk will hold Easter services on Sunday, April 16 at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. to celebrate the radical one-way love of Jesus. We are a diverse non-denominational church family located in the heart of Fishhawk at 6026 Churchside Dr. in Lithia. All are welcome.

Cornerstone Baptist Church will celebrate Easter Sunday with an outside early morning worship service on Sunday, April 16 at 7 a.m. Then at 10 a.m., another worship service will be held in the sanctuary. The church is located at 818 N. Parsons Ave. in Brandon.

The Crossing Church will observe Good Friday with a service on Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. at the Tampa campus. This particular service combines both campuses for a time to reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus and take communion together. The Crossing will hold weekend services at both campuses with its Hope Is Alive Easter production. The Crossing invites you to bring family and friends to hear the story of Jesus’ Resurrection through dramatic storytelling, media, lights and a special message from Lead Pastor Greg Dumas. The Tampa campus will hold Easter services on Saturday, April 15 at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 16 at 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. The Tampa campus is located at 10130 Tuscany Ridge Dr. in Tampa. The SouthShore Campus will hold Easter services on Sunday, April 16 at 8:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and is located at 3058 E. College Ave. in Ruskin.

First Presbyterian Church of Brandon will hold a Maundy Thursday Service on April 13 at 7 p.m. and a Good Friday Service on April 14 at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 16, the church will hold an Easter sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. and other services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church is located 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon.

First United Methodist Church of Seffner will celebrate Easter on April 16 at 7 a.m. with a sunrise service, followed by a continental breakfast in the Fellowship Hall. The traditional Easter service will be at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 1310 S. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner. For more information, please call 689-3513. 

Fishhawk Fellowship will celebrate Easter with a resurrection message on Saturday, April 15 at 5 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. and Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m. 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The church is located at 15326 Fishhawk Blvd. in Lithia. For more information, visit www.fishhawkfc.org.

Grace Baptist Temple will celebrate the Risen Christ on Sunday, April 16 with two services 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. The church will serve complimentary coffee and donuts and provide a free family portrait. Children may participate in Eggstravaganza (an egg hunt), which will follow both services. The church is located at 2909 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-7190 or visit www.growingatgrace.com.

Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church will observe Good Friday, on April 14 at 7 p.m. with the reading of the Passion of Christ narratives and a time of prayer for the church and the world. On Saturday, April 15 at 7 p.m., the church will hold an Easter Vigil service. The four-part service will include the service of light, the service of readings, the service of baptism and the service of Holy Communion. On Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., the church will celebrate Christ with Scripture reading and music. The 10:30 a.m. service will include music by the parish choir. At 9:15 a.m., between the Easter morning services, there will be a free egg hunt for children and free breakfast for everyone. The church is located at 604 N. Valrico Rd. in Valrico. For more information, please contact Kelly Black at 480-0800.

Immanuel Lutheran Church will hold multiple services during Holy Week and Easter. On Palm Sunday, April 9, services will be held at 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. On Thursday, April 13, the church will do a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. On Friday, April 14, the church will observe Good Friday at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 15, the church will observe Holy Saturday at 9 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 16, the church will hold an outside sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and two additional services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. A complimentary Easter breakfast will be served from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The church is located at 2913 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, call 689-1787 or visit www.GodSoLoved.org.

Journey Church of Brandon will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 6:30 p.m. with great worship throughout the service. The message will be centered around Jesus’ words on the cross. On Easter Sunday, April 16 at 9 a.m., the worship service will celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. The church is located at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. For more information, visit www.journey7.com or call 699-8262.

Living Savior Lutheran Church will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 7 p.m. with its Tenebrae Service (Service of Darkness). On Sunday, April 16, the church will celebrate Easter with an outdoor traditional sunrise service at 7 a.m., followed by an egg hunt and breakfast buffet, featuring an assortment of hot and cold items. Then at 10 a.m., the church will hold an Easter Festival Service with a message of hope in today’s world focused on the saving work of Christ. The church is located at 2650 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Valrico. For more information call 681-2375 or visit www.LivingSaviorValrico.org.

Nativity Catholic Church will observe Good Friday services on April 14 at 8 a.m. for Morning Prayer in the chapel, at 3 p.m. for Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion (ASL), 6:30 p.m. for Liturgia de la Pasión, followed by a dramatization of the Passion in the gymnasium, and at 7 p.m. for Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. On Holy Saturday, April 15, services will be held at 8 a.m. for Morning Prayer in the chapel, 12 Noon for the Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets in the chapel and 8 p.m. for an Easter Vigil (bilingual). On Sunday, April 16, the Easter Masses in English are as followed: 6:30 a.m. in the church, 8:30 a.m. in the church (ASL) and gymnasium, and 10:30 a.m. in the church, chapel, and gymnasium. Easter Masses in Spanish will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the church and chapel. The church is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon. For more information, call 681-4608 or visit www.nativitycatholicchurch.org.

New Hope United Methodist Church will celebrate Palm Sunday with a special musical program, featuring its full choir and orchestra at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. On Maundy Thursday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m., the church will do a worship service with communion. On Good Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m., the church will do a combined English and Hispanic service lead by the Hispanic congregation and Pastor Roberto Chaple in the sanctuary. On Easter Sunday, April 16, the Emmaus Community at Camp Rotary Florida will conduct a Hispanic sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at Little Harbor Beach, 602 Bahia Del Sol Dr. in Ruskin. Dress warmly; bring your lawn chair and a flashlight for reading. On Sunday, April 16, Easter services will take place at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. on the church property. The Hispanic service will take place in Logan Hall at 11 a.m. On Easter morning, the church’s annual flower cross will be located in the courtyard. Bring a cut flower to place on the flower cross. The church is located at 121 N. Knights Ave. in Brandon. For more information, email info@findnewhope.com or call 689-4161.

The Palms Church will hold an Easter celebration on Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. at 207 New Hope Rd. in Brandon. The Easter celebration service will hold a separate children’s service to include Easter egg hunts for different age groups.

Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale will observe Maundy Thursday on April 13 with a meal at 6 p.m. and service at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m. the church will hold a traditional Easter service. The church is located at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon. For more information, call 654-3699.

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 7 pm. On Sunday, April 16, the church will hold a sunrise service at 7:15 a.m. and regular worship at 9:30 a.m. The church is located at 12404 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call 741-1776 or visit www.redeemerriverview.org.

Riverview First United Methodist Church will hold its annual Chancel Choir Easter Cantata on Palm Sunday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. On Easter Sunday, April 16 at 8 a.m., the church will hold a worship service. Immediately following the service, the church will serve brunch in its fellowship hall. The church is located at 8002 US Hwy. 301 South in Riverview. For more information, contact Alicia at retinaspecialist@yahoo.com.

South Shore United Methodist Church will hold three Easter services on Sunday, April 16, beginning with a traditional service at 8:30 a.m. and two contemporary services 10 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The church is located at 11525 Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. For more information, call 677-9482.

St. Anne Catholic Church will begin its Easter celebration with Holy Thursday on April 13 at 8 a.m. with Morning Prayer of the Liturgical Hours and then from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m., the Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper, followed by the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. St. Anne will observe Good Friday on April 14 at 12 Noon with the Stations of the Cross, at 3 p.m. with Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, and at 6 p.m. with La Pasión del Señor. On Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m., the church will celebrate Holy Saturday with Reconciliation, then at 12 Noon with the Blessing of Easter Food, and at 8 p.m. with an Easter Vigil. On Sunday, April 16, Easter Mass will take place at 6:30 a.m. (sunrise service), 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), and 5 p.m. St. Anne is located at 106 11th Avenue N.E. in Ruskin. For more information, call 645-1714.

St. Stephen Catholic Church will observe Good Friday services at its Bell Shoals campus, located at 5049 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico, at 12 Noon with the Stations of the Cross, at 2:30 p.m. with Novena of The Divine Mercy and at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. with the Veneration of the Holy Cross. On Saturday, April 15 at 8 p.m., an Easter Vigil Service will take place at the Bell Shoals campus. On Sunday, April 16, an Easter sunrise service will take place at 6 a.m. in the Family Life Center, located at the Boyette Campus, 10136 Saint Stephen Cir. in Riverview. On Sunday, April 16, Easter services will be celebrated at both locations at 8 a.m., 9:30 am, 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.