Compiled by Bonnie Mentel

Easter is on Sunday, March 27 this year. As Christians, this is a time for us to remember the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Here are several churches celebrating this holy day.

Bell Shoals Baptist Church

•Friday, March 25 – Good Friday Service & Communion: 12 Noon
•Saturday, March 26: 5 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27: 9 a.m., 11 a.m.
Join us in celebrating our risen Savior with a high energy, uplifting worship service featuring a 175-voice choir and orchestra, special guest Grammy-award winning guitarist, Dave Cleveland, and a powerful, life-changing message by Dr. Stephen Rummage entitled, “What if Christ had not Risen?” Following the Saturday night service there will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children 12 and under. The church is located at 2102 Bell Shoals Rd. in Brandon.

The Crossing Church

Tampa Location: 10130 Tuscany Ridge Dr.
•Friday, March 25: 6 p.m., 8 p.m.
•Saturday, March 26: 4 p.m., 5:45 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27: 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m.
SouthShore Campus: 3058 E. College Ave. in Ruskin
•Friday, March 25: 6 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27: 8:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m.

Family Worship Center

There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for all ages on Easter Sunday right after the 10 a.m. service. The church meets at Spoto High School located at 8538 Eagle Palm Dr. in Riverview.

Centerpoint Church

•Friday, March 25 Good Friday  Service & Communion: 7 p.m.
•Saturday, March 26: 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27: 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.
The church is located at 1801 S. Miller Rd., Valrico.

First Presbyterian Church of Brandon

•Sunday, March 20 – Palm Sunday – “From Palms to Passion” – A dramatic reading of the Passion Story: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.
•Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday with Communion and Prayer: 7 p.m.
•Friday, March 25 – Good Friday – “The Question That We Cannot Answer”: 7 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27 – Easter Sunrise Service: 6:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Brandon is located at 121 Carver Ave. in Brandon. Call 689-4597 or

FishHawk Fellowship

Saturday, March 5 from 10-2 p.m. come for games, petting farm, bungee jump, egg hunt, bounce house, pony rides, and the Zorb Human Hamster Ball. FishHawk Fellowship is located at 15326 FishHawk Blvd. in Lithia. Call 655-7431.
•Saturday, March 26: 5 p.m., 7 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. Special guest speakers Justin and Trisha Davis with Refine Us Ministries.

Grace Community UMC

Sunday, March 27 – Easter: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. The church is located at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. Call 661-8858
Hawthorne Village Retirement Community
Hunt for eggs and meet the Easter bunny, Friday, March 25 at 11 a.m. Get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny. Stay for prizes and refreshments. Hawthorne Village is located at 859 W. Lumsden Rd. in Brandon. Call 661-8998.

Immanuel Lutheran Church & School

•Sunday, March 20 – Palm Sunday: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 6 p.m.
•Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m.
•Friday, March 25 – Good Friday: 7 p.m.
•Saturday, March 26: 9 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27 – Easter: 8:30 a.m., 11 a.m.  A complimentary breakfast will be served between services on Easter Sunday. The church is located at 2913 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. Call 689-1787.

Journey Church

Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m.-12;30 p.m. Journey Church will host its annual Eggapalooza Easter Fair. It will include a bounce house, face painting, games, and other activities with over 3,000 eggs.
Pastor Dan will share a special story about who Jesus is, and what He means to us.  The church is located at 1310 John Moore Rd. in Brandon. Call 699-8262.
Lighthouse Revival Center
Easter of Hope will take place on Saturday, March 19 at 11 a.m. Come for Riverview’s largest egg hunt, prizes, face painting, candy and much more.
•Friday, March 25 – Good Friday service with communion: 7 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27, Easter: 10 a.m.
The church is located at 7211 South 78th St. in Riverview. Call 677-5220 or visit

Nativity Catholic Church

•Thursday, March 24 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7 p.m. in the church (Bilingual and ASL).
•Friday, March 25 – Good Friday:
-Morning Prayer, 8 a.m. in the Chapel
-Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3 p.m. in the Church (ASL)
-Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 6:30 p.m. in the Gym (Spanish)
-Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 7 p.m. in the Church
-Way of the Cross 7:30 p.m. on the Nativity grounds (Spanish)
•Saturday, March 26:
-Blessing of the Easter Food Baskets 12 Noon in the Chapel
-Easter Vigil Mass 8 p.m. in the Church (Bilingual)
•Sunday, March 27 – Easter:
-6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., Mass in the Church
-8:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel (Spanish), 8:30 a.m. Mass in the Gym
-10:30 a.m. Mass in the Church, 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Chapel, 10:30 a.m. Mass in the Gym (Family)
-12:30 p.m. Mass in the  Church (Spanish)
Nativity Catholic Church is located at 705 E. Brandon Blvd. Call 681-4608 or visit Nativity catholic

Presbyterian Church of Bloomingdale

•Sunday, March 20 – Palm Sunday: 10:30 a.m. The children at Presbyterian Church of Bloomindale have been working to create a daily scene of what Jesus’ life was like. They will portray the Last Supper, the Mt. of Olives, the Temple, Mary and Martha’s home in Bethany, and the tomb. The final project will be available for all to experience on Palm Sunday.
•Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunt will immediately follow the Palm  Sunday  Service. BYOB hunt – Bring Your Own Basket.
•Sunday, March 27 – Easter: 10:30 a.m.
The church is located at 710 E. Bloomingdale Ave. in Brandon.

Ruskin United Methodist Church

•Sunday, March 20 – Palm Sunday: 8 a.m., 10 a.m.
•Thursday, March 24 – Maundy Thursday, Communion Service: 6:30 p.m.
•Friday, March 25 – Good Friday: 12 Noon-3 p.m. The small Chapel will be open. Come spend some quality reflection time thinking about what Jesus did for us over 2,000 years ago here on earth. He died to save all of us.
•Sunday, March 27 – Easter – Celebrating the Resurrection Worship Services: 8 a.m., 10 a.m. Join us as the Cantata Choir lift up their voices in praise to our Lord at both of our worship services. Easter Egg Hunt at 9 a.m.

St. Andrew’s United Methodist

Sunday, March 20 from 2-4 p.m. join St. Andrew’s United Methodist for its Easter Egg Hunt. It will start off in the sanctuary for kids worship and then move throughout the campus to various hunt locations designated by age.The church is located at 3315 Bryan Rd. in Brandon.

St. Stephen Catholic Church

•Saturday, March 19 – Vigil Mass: 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
•Sunday, March 20 – Palm Sunday Mass: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.
•Thursday, March 24 – Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 7 p.m. and adoration until 12 Midnight.
•Good Friday, March 25 – Stations of the Cross: 12 Noon, 3 p.m., 7 p.m., Veneration of the Cross 8 p.m., Living Stations of the Cross with youth.
•Saturday, March 26 – Easter Vigil Mass: 8 p.m.
•Sunday, March 27 – Easter Sunrise Mass: 6 a.m. at the Boyette Campus (10424 St. Stephen Cir. in Riverview).
Sunday, March 27 – Mass: 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. in both church (5049 Bell Shoals Rd.) and tent at the Boyette Campus, 5:30 p.m. Mass in church only. Call 689-4900.

New Hope United Methodist Church

  • Palm Sunday, March 20th – special music at 9:30 and 11:00am
    with our regular service at 8:00am.
  • Holy Thursday, March 24th – special service with Communion will begin at
  • Saturday, March 26th – Easter EGGStravaganza is a FREE event for
    the whole family featuring crafts, games and Easter Egg hunts. Begins at
  • Easter Sunrise Service, led by the Emmaus Community, at Camp Rotary
    Florida from 6:45 – 7:30am. Easter Morning Services are at 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. on March 27th. With a Hispanic Service at 11 a.m. in Logan Hall.

New Hope United Methodist Church is located one block north of S.R. 60
(Brandon Blvd.), at 121 North Knights Avenue, between Kings and Parsons.

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