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Churches offer unique Easter celebrations

Posted: April 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: April 19, 2014 2:00 a.m.

The Great Easter Vigil begins in darkness honoring Christ's death. Light is slowly brought into the service with the Easter fire, bringing Christ's light back into the world with his resurrection.

 

Worshiping in the wee morning hours as the sun rises, listening to gentle melodies played by French horns, celebrating with praise music, deep reflection, champagne or watching little ones hunt for eggs – however you prefer to spend your time on Easter, churches across Santa Clarita offer something for everyone.

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church begins Easter observances by hosting the Great Vigil of Easter tonight at 7 p.m.

The vigil service is a reflective celebration which honors Christ’s triumph over death and the cross and the wait for his resurrection.

“This is the most important service of the year,” explained Rev. Kelly O’Connell. “It begins our celebration of Easter and brings everything together for us. It is a time to celebrate the history of the Jews, their connection to Christianity and the resurrection.”

The service begins by kindling the Easter fire in the courtyard, a reminder of how Christ’s light came back into the world. A candlelight procession into the church, which was left bare and dark by Good Friday traditions, represents the resurrection. It is a moving experience not to be missed.

“The Easter Vigil is the culmination of the preparation for Easter and the time of lent,” she said.
Marking the end of Lent, a chocolate and champagne reception immediately follows the service offering attendees time to fellowship and celebrate the light of Christ.

The church also offers Easter services tomorrow at 9 and 11 a.m. A celebratory atmosphere welcomes attendees.

The Eucharist is offered at both services and a children’s Easter egg hunt follows each service.

St. Stephen’s is located at 24901 Orchard Village Rd.

Christ Lutheran Church begins Easter celebrations early tomorrow morning with a peaceful and joyous sunrise service taking place on the campus of CalArts. Attendees meet in the church parking lot before 6 a.m. for a short walk up Tournament Road to the college campus.

Other services are also held throughout the day. Traditional services featuring the church choir, a French horn ensemble and other orchestra instruments will be held at 7:45 and 9 a.m.

Later services feature the celebratory sounds of “Messenger,” a contemporary singing group, at both 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. Easter breakfast is offered for all attendees from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The breakfast is prepared by the church youth group and proceeds will benefit the summer mission trip to build homes in the San Carlos Reservation in Arizona.

Christ Lutheran Church is located at 25816 Tournament Road. CalArts is located at 24700 McBean Pkwy.
Valencia United Methodist offers three uplifting and joy-filled Easter worship services tomorrow at 8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. The services focus on the joy found in the message of Easter and the hope Christ’s resurrection offers believers. Special children’s activities are offered at the 9:45 and 11 a.m. worship hours.

Valencia United Methodist is located at 25718 McBean Pkwy.

Valencia Hills Community Church focuses on the reason for the holiday, Jesus Christ’s victory over death and a “promise of new abundant life.” To that end, the church offers two special Easter services tomorrow at 9 and 11 a.m. in the Valencia High School Gymnasium.

The congregation kicks off the festivities with a community event at Valencia Heritage Park today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. A free Easter picnic is offered free of charge featuring free food, an egg hunt, bounce houses and games.

The Valencia High School Gym is located at 27801 N. Dickason Dr. Valencia Heritage Park is located at the corner of McBean Pkwy and Newhall Ranch Road.

Santa Clarita United Methodist is holding two joyous Easter services tomorrow at 9 and 11 a.m. An Easter egg hunt is also provided for children between services at 10 a.m. Children are encouraged to bring their own Easter baskets.

Santa Clarita United Methodist is located at 26640 Bouquet Canyon Rd.

Real Life Church also offers many opportunities for churchgoers to celebrate the Easter holiday beginning tonight at 5 and 6:30 p.m. A free dinner will be served after each service.

Celebratory services are also offered tomorrow morning at 6:30, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Each service time, except for the 6:30 a.m. service, offers a special presentation for children with Sammi the Camel.

Two Spanish language services are also offered by Vida Real at the Savia campus in Newhall at 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Real Life Church is located at 23841 Newhall Ranch Rd. Vida Real is located at 23780 Newhall Avenue.

 

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