Churches throughout Hillsborough County will mix faith and fun to celebrate Easter on March 27, with egg hunts and musical events leading up to the holiday.
From bounce houses to petting zoos, local festivities offer an inexpensive way to usher in springtime.
Here are a few to check out.
Wellspring United Methodist Church, 10701 Sheldon Road, Tampa, will host a free Easter Breakfast and egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Families can enjoy breakfast, age-appropriate egg hunts, crafts, face-painting and photos with the Easter Bunny. For more information, call (813) 926-5006.
Seminole Heights United Methodist Church, 6111 N Central Ave., invites all to an egg hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be games, prizes, bounce houses and indoor activities. The church will present an Easter musical at 11 a.m. Sunday. The event will feature a palm professional, hand bell choir and the Chancel Choir's signature musical Champion of Love featuring songs by Chris Tomlin and Michael W. Smith. Events are free. For more information, visit semheights.com.
Belmont Baptist Church, 7830 N 56th St., Tampa, will host a Sonrise Festival at 4 p.m. March 26. Families can celebrate the holiday with a free egg hunt, sports activities and children's crafts followed by a church dinner and worship service. For more information, visit belmonttampa.org.
First Baptist Church of Tampa, 302 W Kennedy Blvd., invites preschool age children to an egg hunt at 11 a.m. March 26. For more information, visit fbctampa.org.
Radiant Church, Tampa, will drop 50,000 eggs from a helicopter onto the football field at Robinson High School, 6311 S Lois Ave., at an Easter celebration from 9 to 11 a.m. March 26. All are invited to the free family event. For more information, visit radianttampa.org.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 12404 Boyette Road, Riverview, will host a free egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. March 26. For more information, visit redeemerriverview.org.
First United Church of Tampa, 7308 E Fowler Ave., will celebrate Easter Sunday on March 27 with an open and inclusive multicultural 8 a.m. sunrise service, 9:30 a.m. pancake breakfast and 10 a.m. egg hunt. For more information, visit ucctampa.org.
Heritage Church, 1854 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz, will spring into action with two egg hunts, at 9:30 and 11 a.m. March 27. Children are welcome to fill up a basket for free. For more information, call (813) 909-4080.
Relevant Church, 1704 N 16th St., Tampa, will celebrate Easter with the kickoff of a new sermon series "I Like Big Buts," with services at 9:15, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. March 27. The free music-filled day will include a petting zoo, egg hunts, pony rides and an ice cream truck. For more information, visit relevantchurch.com.
South Bay Church, 13498 U.S. 301 in Riverview, will host a sunrise service and family Easter celebration from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 27. For more information, visit southbay.cc.
City Life Church, 8411 N Dale Mabry Highway, will present a special Night of Worship from 7 to 8 p.m. March 25. The evening is designed to praise God and the season through music. For more information, visit citylifechurch.cc.
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