Area churches celebrate Easter at Sunday services

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ATWATER

Atwater United Methodist Church will hold a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The regular worship service will be at 9:25 a.m.

AURORA

Holy Saturday Easter Vigil will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Aurora, 342 S. Chillicothe Road. Easter Sunday Masses will be held at 8 and 10 a.m. and noon.

BRIMFIELD

Faith United Methodist Church, 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield, will hold an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Sunday and a breakfast with crafts for children from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Easter worship will begin at 10:30 a.m.

FREEDOM

The First Congregational Church of Freedom will celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The service will include preaching, hymns, praise songs and special music. Pastors Jim and Janie Melick invite everyone to attend. The church is located at the intersection of S.R. 88 and S.R. 303.

HIRAM

Hiram Christian Church will celebrate Easter with a Sunrise Service at 7:30 a.m. at Mantua Center for Northern Portage Disciples Churches. Then there will be a worship service at 11 a.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 6868 Wakefield Road. Children will remain with parents that day. There will be no Sunday School.

KENT

Holy Cross Anglican Church, 1046 Lake St., Kent, will hold an Easter celebration at 10 a.m. on Sunday. The church welcomes community members and encourages everyone to attend.

On Sunday, Grace Baptist Church, 5915 Rhodes Road, Kent, will hold services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. to celebrate Easter. The two worship services will be identical in format and will include choral and congregational singing, Scripture reading, and a topical message delivered by Pastor Bruce Chouinard. A time of fellowship will also be available between the services, which are both open to the public.

St. Patrick Catholic Church, 313 N. DePeyster St., Kent, will hold an Easter Vigil Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Easter Masses at 7:30, 9 and 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 E. Main St., will hold Easter services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Both services will be preceded by a 10-minute musical prelude. There are Sunday School classes for children in sixth grade and younger during the 10:30 a.m. worship hour.

The First Christian Church of Kent, 335 W. Main St., will hold Easter worship on Sunday. Casual worship is at 8:30 a.m. and traditional worship is at 10:45 a.m.

The Kent Presbyterian Church, 1456 E. Summit St., will have its Easter/Resurrection Celebration in the sanctuary at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Trinity Lutheran Church, 600 S. Water St., Kent, will host an Easter service on Sunday featuring festive worship with Holy Communion at all services: 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

The Drama Ministry of Bread of Life Ministries, 1360 Fairchild Ave., Kent, will present "The Road to Calvary" on Easter Sunday during a service from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program depicts the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Gospel hip-hop artist the Rev. Damien "Chill" Hill will portray Jesus. Refreshments will be served following the service, which is open to the public. For more information, call Sis. Cynthia Alexander at 330-676-0743.

MANTUA

St. Joseph Church in Mantua, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., will host "Christ Is Raised Up" on Holy Saturday. At noon will be the Blessing of Food. Everyone is invited to place their food items in a basket and gather in the church. The 7:30 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass will be followed by a reception in Hughes Hall. The 50-day celebration begins on Easter Sunday with the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at 8:30 and 11:15 a.m.

Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 S.R. 44, will start Easter Sunday with a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed by breakfast at 7:30, contemporary worship at 8:30, Sunday School at 9:30, and traditional worship at 10:30 a.m.

MOGADORE

Mogadore Christian Church, 106 S. Cleveland Ave., will host Easter Sunday 8 and 10:30 a.m. worship services with breakfast in between at 8:45 a.m.

RANDOLPH

The Randolph United Methodist Church's Easter schedule for Sunday includes Sunrise worship at 7:30 a.m., free breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and regular worship at 10:15 a.m.

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2643 Waterloo Road, will host the Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil. The service will begin at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, when those attending will gather outside the front doors of church for the blessing of the Easter fire. In church, they will hear special events of salvation history proclaimed. The Resurrection of the Lord Jesus will be celebrated Easter Sunday at normal Mass times, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Resurrection Sunday begins at 10:30 a.m. at Friendship Bible Church, 1703 S.R. 44 in Randolph, when the choir will perform the Easter Cantata "I Will Rise." The community is invited to attend. For more information, visit www.FriendshipBible Church.org.

RAVENNA

First Church of the Nazarene, 3284 Brady Lake Road, Ravenna Township, will hold Easter services on Sunday at 7:30 and 10:30 a.m. with Sunday School for all ages at 9:30 a.m.

Portage Community Chapel, 6490 S.R. 14, Ravenna, will host early worship at 8 a.m. Easter Sunday. There will be no nursery or children's ministry. Morning worship will be held at 9:25 a.m. with the Cantata "Remember" for Adult Bible Fellowship and Junior Bible Fellowship (kindergarten through sixth grade) with nursery/preschool ministries. The worship service with the Cantata "Remember" for Adult Bible Fellowship/Children's & Youth Sunday School and nursery/pre-school ministries will be held at 10:45 a.m.

Upper Room Ministries, 3090 S.R. 59, Ravenna, will have an Easter morning worship service on Sunday. Sunday School starts at 9:45 a.m. and the morning service will begin at 11 a.m. There will be something special for the children. Contact the church at 330-296-2178.

The New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 6728 Adams St., Ravenna, will hold an Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. on Sunday. All are welcome. The Rev. B.J. Grant is the pastor.

An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at 7 a.m. Sunday at Blackhorse Baptist Church, 6360 Bridge Street, Ravenna. Breakfast will be provided following the service. Pastor G. Gregory Freeman will share the Easter message at the 11 a.m. worship service. Children's church is available. All are welcome.

The First Church of God, 237 New Milford Road, Ravenna, will have an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. Sunday. The church will host the Ravenna Avenue Church of God. The new associate pastor, the Rev. Allen Fletcher, will bring the message. Following the service, breakfast will be served in the Family Life Center. Sunday School is at 9:30 a.m. with the Easter Service at 10:45 a.m.

Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 S.R. 88, Ravenna, will offer two Easter morning services. The 8 a.m. service will not have child care; the 10:30 a.m. service will have child care. Both services will have the same format and message and are open to the public.

An Easter Vigil will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 170 N. Freedom St., Ravenna. The service will begin in the side yard around the bonfire (weather permitting)and will include readings, reflections and song. Holy Communion will be offered. St. Paul's will hold a Resurrection Celebration on Easter Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Baptism and Holy Communion will be a part of the worship service. Breakfast, provided by the youth group, will be served from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall; a freewill offering will be taken. All children in attendance may participate in an Easter egg hunt.

Grace Episcopal Church, 250 W. Cedar Ave., will have two festive services of Holy Communion at 8 and 10 a.m. on Sunday. The 10 a.m. service will include the Grace Church Choir and organist Mary Ann Switz. Nursery care will be available. Cake and coffee will be offered in the Parish Hall after each service. The children's Easter egg hunt will follow the 10 a.m. service.

ROOTSTOWN

Easter Sunday will begin with a Breakfast Buffet presented by the Youth/Children's Fellowship and the Christian Education Committee at the First Congregational Church of Roots­town, United Church of Christ.

There will be egg casserole, french toast casserole, biscuits and sausage gravy, fruit, coffee cake and beverages, all for a donation, serving from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. At 10 a.m., there will be a worship service with special music by the bell choir, the children and the Psalm Singers. At 11 a.m., there will be an egg hunt for plastic-filled eggs on the church's front lawn for all the children. The community is welcome.

STOW

On Easter Sunday, the First Christian Church of Stow, 3493 Darrow Road, will have a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. in the sanctuary, 8:30 a.m. worship in the chapel, 9:30 a.m. Sunday School for adults and youth, and 10:45 a.m. worship in the sanctuary.

TALLMADGE

Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave., will host Easter services beginning with a Sunrise Service at 7 a.m., followed with festival services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Holy Communion, special music and a children's message will be included in all of the services. Easter breakfast will be served from 8 to 10 a.m. Guests are invited to all of the services and events. For more information, call the church office at 330-633-4775 or visit www.TallmadgeLutheranChurch.org.

WAYLAND

The Wayland Community Church will celebrate Easter Sunday by hosting a breakfast at the Shearer Community Center, 9355 Newton Falls Road in Paris Township, at 8:30 a.m. The morning worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. at Wayland Community Church, 6355 Wayland Road. The choir will present the cantata "Amazing Love." All are welcome.

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