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Easter church services in the Tampa Bay area

Looking for a service to attend on Easter? Here are a dozen or so.
Parishioners gather for First Unity Spiritual’s sunrise Easter service along the St. Petersburg waterfront, listen to a spiritual message as the sun rises in 2021 in St. Petersburg.
Parishioners gather for First Unity Spiritual’s sunrise Easter service along the St. Petersburg waterfront, listen to a spiritual message as the sun rises in 2021 in St. Petersburg. [ MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE | Times ]
Published Apr. 11

Sunset Service: This is an open-air service. Free. 7-8 p.m. Saturday. Bible Baptist Church, 280 Riviere Road, Palm Harbor. 727-771-7979.

Easter Sunrise Baptisms: Pastor Candice of City on a Hill Church performs sunrise beach baptisms. Meet at Paradise Grille. Free. 6:45 a.m. Sunday. Pass-a-Grille Beach, 900 Gulf Way, St. Pete Beach. 727-851-9999.

He is Risen: Sunrise Service: Join St. Petersburg First United Methodist Church for an outdoor service as the sun rises. Traditional services follow in the church (212 Third St., St. Petersburg) at 8 and 11 a.m., with a contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. Free. 7 a.m. Sunday. Williams Park, Fourth Street and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. 727-894-4661.

Easter Sunrise Service: Join First Baptist Church of Hudson on Hudson Beach for a sunrise celebration and worship service followed by breakfast (9 a.m.) and an Easter Cantata (10 a.m.) at the church. Free. 7 a.m. Sunday. First Baptist Church, 7009 Hudson Ave. 727-378-5885.

Easter Sunrise Service: Carillonneur Geert D’hollander begins the celebration at 6:30 a.m. with a selection of seasonal compositions performed on the 60-bell carillon. The processional will be performed by bagpiper Ben Pugh. Father Tim Nunez of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Wales will deliver an Easter message. The service concludes with a half-hour concert performed by D’hollander on the carillon. Free (6-8 a.m. only). 7 a.m. Sunday. Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd, Lake Wales. 863-676-1408.

Easter Service and Snack: Enjoy free coffee, doughnuts and juice on the patio after celebrating Easter with worship, praise, music and inspirational messages. Free. 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday. City on a Hill Church, 4265 13th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. 727-851-9999.

Easter Celebration: The Home Gatherings and Life Groups of Fresh Start Church invite the public for outdoor communion and biblical discussion. Free. 10 a.m.-noon Sunday. Mobbly Beach Park, 807 Shore Drive E, Oldsmar. 813-814-1128.

Easter Resurrection Service: Free. 10-11:30 a.m. Sunday. Bible Baptist Church, 280 Riviere Road, Palm Harbor. 727-771-7979.

Easter Sunday Service: Free. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Loving Life Church, 2909 John Moore Road, Brandon. 727-743-2122.

Easter Sunday: There will be a children’s worship service and a traditional Easter Sunday worship service. Free. 10:30 a.m. Sunday. First Baptist Church Brandon, 216 Parsons Ave. N. 813-689-1204.

He is Risen: Easter Service: The service features a presentation by the Christian Education Department and a reception honoring guests. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. New Life Tabernacle United, 6912 Williams Road, Seffner. 813-740-1868.

Easter at Horizon: Enjoy free coffee, doughnuts and family photos before and after a 60-minute Easter Sunday service. Free. 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday. Wilson Middle School, 1005 W Swann Ave., Tampa. (813) 816-1472.

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Easter Praise and Traditional Service: The Praise Band leads a contemporary worship service in front of the sanctuary (7:30 a.m. Sunday). A traditional service with pipe organ, brass ensemble and Handel’s “Hallelujah” Chorus follows (10 a.m. Sunday) in the sanctuary. First Presbyterian Church, 701 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 727-822-2031.

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