Easter events planned across county

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, March 24, 2018

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Hunters on Their Mark

HUNTERS ON THEIR MARK – Easter egg hunters line up in anticipation of filling their baskets. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Easter is almost here, and there are many events in the next week that will allow for reflection on one of the holiest times in the Christian calendar.

Here’s a sampling of some of those events, from Easter egg hunts to special church services.

EGG HUNT – Decatur Medical Lodge, 701 Bennett Road, is having an Easter egg hunt 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 24. There will be hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, pictures with the Easter bunny and bounce houses.

DECATUR EASTER BUNNY VISIT – The Easter Bunny will be visiting the Hey Sugar Candy Store on the Decatur Square 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 24.

RHOME EASTER BUNNY VISIT – The Rhome Public Library, 265 W. BC Rhome Ave., will host a visit from the Easter Bunny 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, March 24. Photos are $5 each, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the library.

Filing Baskets

FILLING BASKETS – Egg hunters dash between finds during an Easter celebration. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

EGGSTRAVAGANZA – Bridgeport Parks and Recreation is hosting its annual Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt and Carnival 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, at the Community Center and Lawdwin Ballfields. There will be games, inflatables, balloon animals, candy and more. The egg hunt starts at 2 p.m. Call 940-683-3480.

EASTER MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – Morris Memorial United Methodist Church of Chico will present the Easter musical “The King Is Coming” 6 p.m. Sunday, March 25. The church is at 302 South Weatherford Street. Food and fellowship will follow the program.

EASTER CANTATA – Rhome United Methodist Church’s choir will present the Easter cantata “One Sacrifice” Sunday, March 25. Child care is provided.

LENTEN AND EASTER SERVICES – Trinity Lutheran Church will hold Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m. March 29. Good Friday service is 7 p.m. March 30. The church is located at 1307 10th Street in Bridgeport.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES – Episcopal Church of the Resurrection’s Maundy Thursday service is 6 p.m. March 29. Good Friday service is 6 p.m. March 30. Easter service is 10 a.m. April 1. The church is at 905 S. Church Street in Decatur.

RESIDENT EGG HUNT – Bridgeport Medical Lodge will host an Easter egg hunt for residents at 3 p.m. Friday, March 30, at 2108 15th Street in Bridgeport.

NRS EGG HUNT – NRS will host an Easter Egg Hunt 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Age groups will hunt as follows: ages 0-2 at 1 p.m.; ages 2-4 at 1:15 p.m.; ages 5-8 at 1:30 p.m.; ages 9-12 at 1:45 p.m.

Spring Surprises

SPRING SURPRISES – Easter eggs lay scattered in the grass before the egg hunters are turned loose. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

EASTER WITH MY PEEPS – Between the two services (4 and 6:30 p.m.) on Saturday, March 31, Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise will drop eggs from a construction crane, and their cannon “Chunk Norris” will be blasting eggs. The event will include 20,000 eggs. Food trucks will also be on site. Visit

EASTER STORY TRAIL RIDE – The 2018 Easter Story Trail Ride at NRS with Derwin Tanner is 3 p.m. Saturday, March 31. Guests will park in the pasture behind the NRS Feed hay barn at the store. The ride will last two hours. Participants will hear the Easter story message behind the hay barn and leave for the trail ride from there.

EGG HUNT – The Bay, Community Church of Runaway Bay, will hold an Easter egg hunt 10 a.m.-noon March 31 at 20 Runaway Bay Drive for children 18 months to 10 years old.

COWBOY CHURCH EASTER SERVICES – Wise County Cowboy Church will hold a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. March 30 and Easter service at 10:30 a.m. April 1. The church is at 2070 Old Denton Road, just outside Decatur. Go to

FUMC BRIDGEPORT EASTER EVENTS – First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport will hold Maundy Thursday service at 6 p.m. March 29 and Good Friday service 11 a.m. March 30. Sunrise service will be 7 a.m. at the Bridgeport Camp and Conference Center. The traditional Easter services are 8:45 and 11 a.m. The church is at 608 17th Street in Bridgeport.

MOUNT ZION EASTER SERVICE – The Mount Zion Baptist Church’s Easter service is 11 a.m. April 1. The church is at 615 County Road 1280 in Alvord.

FIRST BAPTIST EASTER SERVICE – The First Baptist Church of Decatur will hold its Easter service at 10:15 a.m. April 1 at 1200 W. Preskitt Road.

FUMC DECATUR EASTER EVENTS – First United Methodist Church of Decatur will hold noon services March 26-30 with a free luncheon following. Maundy Thursday service is 6 p.m. March 29. Good Friday service is 6 p.m. March 30. Easter services are 8:30 and 10:50 a.m. April 1. The church is at 104 S. Miller Street in Decatur.

COMMUNITY SUNRISE SERVICE – A community Easter sunrise service will be at 7 a.m. April 1 on the Decatur Courthouse Square. Trinity Street Coffee Bar will provide free coffee on the square.

OAK GROVE SUNRISE SERVICE – Oak Grove United Methodist Church will hold Easter sunrise service at 6:45 a.m. April 1 at 1295 Greenwood Road in Decatur.

VICTORY EASTER SERVICE – Victory Family Church’s Easter services are 8 and 10 a.m. and noon April 1 at the church at 400 U.S. 380 in Decatur.

HOLY WEEK SERVICES – Saint John The Baptizer in Bridgeport will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. March 29 (bilingual); Good Friday service at 3 p.m. March 30 and Easter service at 9 a.m. April 1. The church is at 1801 Irvin in Bridgeport. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Decatur will hold a Good Friday service at 5:30 p.m., Easter vigil at 8 p.m. March 31 (bilingual) and Easter services at 9:45 (English) and 11:15 a.m. (Spanish). The church is located at 1305 Deer Park Road in Decatur.

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