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Easter services

Published: April 6, 2017 12:00 AM

The following are Easter Church Services and egg hunts in The News Leader coverage area:

Minerva First

Christian Church

Sunday, April 9, 4-6:30 p.m., Free Easter Dinner for the whole Community. Delivery available for shut ins. Call by Friday, April 7 at 4 p.m. for shut-in delivery.

Easter Musical: The Minerva First Christian Church Choir will be performing "A. D." on Sunday, April 9, 7 p.m.

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Crosswalk: All middle school and high school students are welcome to participate in a Crosswalk throughout Minerva on Friday, April 14th. Meet at Minerva First Christian Church at 12 p.m. noon.

Easter Family Fun Day: Saturday, April 15, 2-4 p.m., Minerva First Christian Church will be hosting an Easter Family Fun Day. Join us for snacks, games, crafts and more. Fun for the whole family.

Resurrection Celebration: Pastor Dale Roberts will be preaching "Jesus... Our Risen Lord!" on Sunday, April 16 at 9 a.m.

Malvern United Methodist Church, 121 West Wood St., Malvern

Sunrise Service 6:30 a.m.; Breakfast 7 a.m.; Easter Service 9:30 a.m.; No Sunday School with Pastor Frank Zugaro, Jr.

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St. Francis Xavier, Malvern and

St. Gabriel, Minerva

Palm Sunday is April 9/10. Holy Week begins with the Blessing and Distribution of Palm branches at all weekend liturgies. Mass and Blessing of Palms at:

St. Francis, Malvern on Saturday at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m.

St. Gabriel, Minerva on Saturday at 6 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The Celebration of the Triduum ("the three days") of Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Vigil will be a Joint Celebration of the Parish Community of St. Francis Xavier and St. Gabriel the Archangel. The services these three days will take place at St. Gabriel, 400 W. High Street, Minerva as combined services for members, visitors and guests of both parishes. The Choirs, Mass Servers, Ushers, Lectors and Special Ministers of the Eucharist of both parishes will be involved with each of the services. All are invited to join us for these three holy days.

Holy Thursday is April 13, the Mass of the Lord's Supper will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel, Minerva.

The highlight of this Mass is the Foot Washing ("mandatum") ceremony. It calls us to serve each other as Christ gives his life in service to us. Parishioners are invited to bring their Rice Bowl offerings to be used for the poor. The Chapel will be open following the service for Adoration and prayer until 10 p.m. Night Prayer will be celebrated at 10 p.m. with all who are able to attend.

Good Friday is April 14. The Stations of the Cross will be celebrated at St. Francis, Malvern at 3 p.m. The Celebration of the Lord's Passion will take place at 7 p.m. at St. Gabriel, Minerva. This celebration consists of the Reading of the Passion Account, the Veneration of the Cross and a Communion service. The collection on this day will be used to support the shrines in Jerusalem and the Holy Land.

Easter Vigil Service, Saturday, April 15.

This service will begin with the congregation gathering around the new fire in "Billy's Way" garden at 8 p.m. at St. Gabriel Church, Minerva. This is the holiest night vigil of the church year. It consists of a Service of Light (candlelight procession), Readings from Scripture, Blessing of Baptismal Water and Profession of Faith of by our new Candidates, Renewal of Baptismal Promises, and the Mass of Easter. A reception for all in attendance will be celebrated immediately after Mass in the Social Hall.

Easter Sunday, April 16. Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at our regular times: St. Francis Xavier, Malvern at 8:30 a.m. St. Gabriel, Minerva at 10:30 a.m. We will renew our baptismal promises and rejoice in the fact that the Lord is indeed risen from the dead. Alleluia.

First Baptist Church of Malvern, 311

S. Carrollton, St., Malvern

Spring Prayer Breakfast, April 8, 10 a.m., breakfast 8:30 a.m. Speaker is Pastor Ben Torres from Renew Community Church Lake Villa, Ill. Musical guest is Jonathan Turner. RSVP to Mildred Pryor at 330-863-1116 if planning to eat.

Paris Israel Church, 12583 Lisbon St N.E., Paris

Easter Sunday Services on April 16: Easter sunrise service begins at 7:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast of biscuits, sausage and gravy, fruit and donuts at 8 a.m. Easter Sunday Worship Service is at 10:10 a.m. All are welcome to come and join. Dress is comfortable, come as you are.

Paris Israel Church is holding a Paris Community Easter Egg Hunt, on Saturday April 15, 10 a.m.

We are looking for all Paris area kids to hop over to the Paris Israel Church, located on Lisbon St NE in Paris, Ohio to search for eggs and win prizes. The free event, for toddlers through the sixth grade, (Special Needs "kids" welcome as well) begins at 10 a.m. and will feature candy-filled eggs and door prizes. Everyone should bring his or her own basket or bag. We will search for eggs rain or shine; refreshments will be available. Visit the church on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ParisIsraelChurch. For question or more information, contact the church at 330-862-3776.

Christ Memorial Church in Robertsville, 2620 Robertsville Ave. S.E., Robertsville

Christ Memorial events include: Friday, April 14th- Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 15th- Resurrection Egg Hunt at 11:30 a.m.- A free event with lunch and refreshments to follow.

On Sunday, April 16th- Sunrise Service at 8:30 a.m. at the park. Easter Breakfast at 9:15 a.m.- and Worship Service at 10 a.m.

The Faith Fellowship Church, 24604 U.S. Route 30, East Rochester (the former West Elementary School)

Come celebrate Easter in the Word of God and through song! The Faith Fellowship Church choir along with singers from other Minerva area churches have teamed up to present "A Celebration of Salvation Through Scripture and Song." This service of scripture, choir, and old time congregational hymn singing will be held Saturday April 15, at 4 p.m. in the afternoon at the West Community Center (former West Elementary School). All are invited, so come ready to sing along. This afternoon of Easter celebration is free of charge and includes refreshments after the service. Hope to see you there, and invite a friend.

Faith Fellowship Church will open up this years Easter celebrations by hosting a Simple Seder on Saturday, April 8, 2-4 p.m. John Davison will be sharing the concept behind the Jewish tradition of Passover by explaining the meanings of each element Jesus shared with his disciples at the Last Supper.

This event is free, and open to the public. Everyone is invited to join us on a journey that began thousands of years ago in Egypt, and found it's climax at the Cross. Come experience the Love, Redemption, and Passion as we learn about the same last meal that Jesus ate with his disciples, "The Passover Seder."

Minerva Area Ministerial Alliance Community 12583 Lisbon St N.E., Paris

Good Friday Community Worship Service will be held on April 14 beginning at noon and being held at Paris Israel Church, 12583 Lisbon St NE, Paris.

Come join us for a message brought by Pastor Harvey Miller of Minerva Community Church, with music and inspiring bible reading as we celebrate the Easter Season.

Easter Services may be submitted to The News Leader at tclapper@the-review.com.

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