Holy Week and Easter Events
Pax Christi Tampa Bay will hold its annual "Way of the Cross Today" at 5:30 p.m. Good Friday, April 10, at First Avenue and Sixth Street N, St. Petersburg. Participants will follow the traditional stages, or "stations," of Jesus' crucifixion during the Roman Empire, but set in modern context. As they go through St. Petersburg, they will find parallels between crucifixion of Jesus and current events: war, homelessness, injustice, the School of the Americas, the farmworkers' struggle, gun violence, ecological destruction. A meal will follow. For information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (727) 573-2935.
Lakewood United Methodist Church, 5995 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. S, St. Petersburg, will hold a Children's Easter Celebration at 10 a.m. April 11. Children will be able to create crafts, see a puppet show, hunt for Easter eggs and enjoy refreshments. Call (727) 867-1744.
Lutheran Church of the Cross, 4545 Chancellor Ave. NE, St. Petersburg, will hold a Palm Sunday Parade at 7:30 am. Sunday from Mickey's Snell Isle Market, 1337 Snell Isle Blvd. NE, to the church. Bring palm fronds and walk with the donkey to remember Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Shuttles leave church at 7 and 7:15 a.m. A fair will follow 9:30 to 11:30 at the church. Palm Sunday services will be at 8:25 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. On Maundy Thursday, a Passover meal will be served at 6 p.m. A service will follow at 7 p.m. On Good Friday there will be open communion and meditation noon to 3 p.m. and a service at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday services will be held at 7, 8:25, 9:30 and 10:45 am. Easter breakfast will be served 7 to 10:30 a.m.
First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks, 12685 Ulmerton Road, Largo, will present the new Bill and Gloria Gaither praise-gathering Easter musical, "May We Never Lose the Wonder," at 7 p.m. Good Friday, April 10. The free concert will feature the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks' Celebration Choir. The church will also host a Children's Easter Treasure Hunt through its "Indian Rocks Kids" program at 5 p.m. April 11. The free program is open to preschool through fifth-grade children. Children should take a basket or bag for goodies. Call (727) 593-8745.
St. Anne of Grace, 6650 113th Street N, Seminole, will hold its sixth annual Easterfest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 11. Pony rides, an Easter trail egg hunt, games, face painting and food will be part of the festivities. Children can meet the Easter Bunny and participate all day for a $10 wristband. Call (727) 392-4483.
Church of the Isles United Church of Christ, 200 24th Ave., Indian Rocks Beach, will hold its Easter Sunrise Service on the beach at 7 a.m. April 12 near 25th Avenue on Indian Rocks Beach. A pancake breakfast will follow at the church, along with an egg hunt at 11:15 a.m. Free, but donations are appreciated. Call (727) 595-1038 or go to churchoftheisles.org.
Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ, 6315 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, will hold its Palm Sunday service 10:30 a.m. Sunday, a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 9, and Good Friday service at 7 p.m. April 10. An Easter sunrise service at 8 a.m. will be followed by a continental breakfast, April 12. A traditional service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Nursery will be available during 10:30 a.m. service. Call (727) 347-1226.
Author to speak
Imran Ahmad, the London-based author of the nonfiction book, Unimagined: a Muslim Boy Meets the West, will lead the service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Petersburg, 719 Arlington Ave. N., at 11 a.m. Sunday. Ahmad, a board member of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, is embarking on a 12,000-mile, 40-city speaking tour of the United States by road. Call (727) 898-3294.