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Churches begin Easter festivities

Posted: April 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 7, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Taylor Dice, 3, left, of Saugus has her photo taken with the Easter Bunny at the city of Santa Clarita sponsored Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt held at Central Park in Saugus on April 23, 2011.

From festivals to sunrise services, Christian churches around the Santa Clarity Valley began celebrating the Easter holiday last Sunday with Palm Sunday, leading to Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the celebratory culmination of Easter Sunday.

“This is the day that distinguishes Jesus Christ from any other religious leader we’ve had in history,” Higher Vision Church Pastor Jared Ming said. “His resurrection was significant; it connects people to God in heaven.”

According to the Bible, Jesus Christ offered the Last Supper with his disciples on Thursday and was crucified on Friday and buried.

Early Sunday morning, the Bible relates, was Jesus’ resurrection from death, which is why Easter is celebrated as a pivotal moment in Christina history.

Pastor Bill Barnes of First Presbyterian Church of Newhall emphasizes the importance of such an unprecedented event in history and the pinnacle celebration of the Christian world.

“All of Christendom can share joy and hope. Because Jesus resurrected, we, too, will have eternal life,” he said.

Higher Vision Church in Castaic prepared for Easter by planning seven celebration services over the weekend. The celebrations include carnival rides for children, jump houses, food, prizes and special dance and art performances.

“For a Christian, the spirit of Easter starts in the church with joy,” Ming said. “We try to create a five-star experience where people feel loved, honored and appreciated for being here. We are expressing a love for our community and care for kids and families.”

Real Life Church in Valencia also plans seven services, including a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., and is bringing in a live lion show with a lion tamer for the children’s Easter program.

“Easter is one of the times of year that people begin to think about God and where he fits into their lives,” said Steve Whitney, director of ministry. “We want to make sure our doors are wide open.”

Many churches across the valley will celebrate the Easter holiday Sunday with church services, sunrise services, singing, flowers and family celebrations.

“It is terrific to be a part of a group of people moving to incorporate the goodness, love and mercy of God,” Barnes said. “We continue to share joy and seek to live better as believers.”


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