Worship early Easter morning

In, many religions and cultures, eggs symbolize rebirth of life.  - Susan Mador
In, many religions and cultures, eggs symbolize rebirth of life.
— image credit: Susan Mador

The most important date in the Christian calendar will be celebrated Sunday as Whidbey Islanders join their fellow believers around the world in conducting special Easter services.

Both Oak Harbor and Coupeville traditionally offer outdoor sunrise services open to the entire community.

Very early risers will enjoy the Coupeville United Methodist Church Easter Sunday at 6:30 a.m. Mildred Eisenhauer will lead a sunrise service at picturesque Sunnyside Cemetery.

The Oak Harbor Kiwanis Club invites everyone to their 13th sunrise service at 7 a.m. in another fine outdoor setting at City Beach near the windmill.

Pastor Ron Eerkes of New Covenant Fellowship will speak and an offering will be taken for Help House. The service is non-denominational. Bleachers will not be available this year; please bring lawn chairs.

In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at Oak Harbor First United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St.

Another outdoor opportunity is offered by Christ the King Community Church with Easter services Sunday at 7 a.m. at beautiful Deception Pass State Park.

Other Easter services are listed inside today’s Whidbey News-Times.

For many, it wouldn’t be Easter without the traditional egg hunt, and Whidbey Island offers plenty of those too, both today and tomorrow.

Here are a few of the major ones:

Saturday, April 19

l Whidbey Island Youth and Teen Center hosts their annual community Easter egg hunt, at 10 a.m., at the Hillcrest Elementary School fields on Heller Road. Lots of candy and prizes and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

l Soroptimists of Coupeville invite toddlers through fifth graders to their egg hunt at 10 a.m. in Town Park. Ages 10 and older invited to hunt for coins in the hay toss. Donations of food accepted for Gifts from the Heart food bank.

Sunday, April 20

l North Whidbey Firefighters Association and Island County Fire District 2 Community Easter Egg Hunt, at 1 p.m., at Taylor Road Station. Easter Bunny arrives at 12:45 p.m. and egg hunt begins at 1 p.m. sharp. Event is rain or shine so dress accordingly. Help your firefighters support Help House and bring a canned food donation. Call 675-1131.

l Post 7392 and the Ladies Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt, at 1 p.m. at the “V” dome behind the V.F.W. building. For children ages 10 and under. Roped off areas by age groups, door prizes, Easter bunny and lots of fun. VFW Post 7392 is at 3037 N. Goldie Rd.

Other Holy Saturday, Resurrection Sunday and egg hunt opportunities are listed on this site. Click on the "Community" button.

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