The Lowcountry's setting offers some special events throughout Holy Week and Easter. Whether it is a Holy Eucharist overlooking the May River or an Easter sunrise service on area beaches.
For those concerned with no-see-ums and possible inclement weather, traditional services are also offered indoors.
Following are planned services:
THE PARISH CHURCH OF ST. HELENA
A Liturgy of the Palms and Holy Eucharist will be at 8 a.m., 10:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. Holy Eucharist will be offered at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. There also will be a service using the 1928 Prayer Book at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Maundy Thursday begins with an 11 a.m. Holy Eucharist and healing service, a Noonday Prayer Service at noon and Holy Eucharist, stripping of the altar and children's first Holy communion will follow at 7 p.m. On Good Friday, services are at noon (with a separate children's service), and Stations of the Cross are at 7 p.m. There will be two opportunities for baptism on April 7: in the river at 11 a.m. and in the church at 2 p.m. Easter Sunday will begin at 7 a.m. with a Festival Eucharist of the Resurrection. Another Festival Eucharist of the Resurrection and Flowering of the Cross will be held at 9 a.m. Two more services will follow at 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. The church is at 505 Church St., Beaufort. Details: 843-522-1712
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The church will host an Easter egg hunt at noon Sunday. Children and parents will meet in the Mills Chapel with their Easter baskets/bags, and there will be fellowship time with refreshments for adults while they enjoy the fun. Visitors are welcome. Holy Week services and activities include a Maundy Thursday soup supper at 6 p.m. and communion services at 7 p.m. The community Good Friday service is from noon to 3 p.m. at St. Luke's and will feature Dr. Martin Lifer preaching at 12:15 p.m. Easter Sunday services are at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., with contemporary worship at 10 a.m. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway. Details: 843-842-5673
THE CHURCH OF THE CROSS
A Community Easter Celebration is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. today at the Buckwalter Parkway Campus, 495 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton. Children and families are invited to enjoy the Easter egg hunt, bounce houses and games. Refreshments will be provided. All ages are welcome. Bring an Easter basket. Palm Sunday traditional services at 5:28 p.m. today as well as at 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday at the Calhoun Street Campus, 110 Calhoun St., Bluffton. The church will hold its contemporary Palm Sunday praise worship service at 9:30 a.m. at the Buckwalter Parkway Campus. The services will be adorned in palm leaves, and each attendee will receive a cross made of palm leaves. Holy Week events will be at the Calhoun Street Campus. At noon Monday the church will host a Holy Eucharist on the Bluff overlooking the May River. There will be a morning prayer service at 8 a.m. Tuesday, and a healing/communion service at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Community and church members can take part in the Holy Eucharist foot-washing followed by the stripping of the altar at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday. At noon and 7 p.m. Good Friday, the church will have the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.
Easter Services include a Gracetime service at 5:28 p.m. April 7 at the Calhoun Street Campus. The church will hold traditional Festival Eucharist Easter services at 8 and 10 a.m. April 8 at the Calhoun Street Campus. The CrossPoint Worship Service with a children's message will be at 9 and 11 a.m. at the Buckwalter Parkway Campus. The services will be adorned with Easter lilies and other florals.
Details: 843-757-2661, www.thechurchofthecross.net
God's Goods Thrift store will be closed Good Friday and April 7. They will resume normal store hours April 10. Details: 843-757-2024
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER
Palm Sunday service is at 10 a.m. A Wednesday in Holy Week service is at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. Maundy Thursday service with stripping of the altar is at 5:30 p.m. Good Friday service is at noon, with a meditations of the cross (readings on the seven last words) from 1-3 p.m. Easter service begins at 10 a.m. April 8.
The church is at 1 Mathews Drive, Suite 101, Mathews Pointe North Complex, Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-815-5820, firstname.lastname@example.org
GRAYS HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
The Easter drama, "Our Savior Lives," will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free, and everyone is invited.
The church is at 2749 Trask Parkway, Burton. Details: 843-846-2797
FIRST BAPTIST, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The Sanctuary Choir will present "Tenebrae -- A Candlelight Communion Service" at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday in the sanctuary. Admission is free. Good Friday services begin at noon in the sanctuary, with a Good Friday program in the children's building for children through fifth grade. Easter Sunday services begin at 6:30 a.m. April 8 with a sunrise service on the beach in front of the Marriott's Grande Ocean Resort. Easter Worship begins at 9 a.m. in the sanctuary, and Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:15 a.m. Easter Worship begins at 11:15 a.m. in the Family Life Center.
The church is at 100 South Forest Beach Drive, Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-785-4478
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
The Rev. Curtis Young, of the Colleton Circuit, will speak at the final Monday Lenten Worship Service at the church, which will be followed by lunch provided by the United Methodist Women. The Chancel Choir will perform the Easter cantata, "Lift High the Cross," at 6 p.m. Palm Sunday. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
CHURCH OF THE PALMS UNITED METHODIST, OKATIE
Passion/Palm Sunday will begin worship services at 10:30 a.m. Sunday with a children's procession of palm branches and will include Holy Communion. The message will be "The Shadow of Two Parades." Maundy Thursday services begin at 7 p.m. with worship and Holy Communion, followed by a stripping of the chancel. The message will be "The Shadow of Love." Good Friday services begin at 7 p.m. with a Tenebrae service "in the round." The purpose of the service is to re-create the betrayal, abandonment and agony of the events leading to and including the crucifixion of Christ. It is left unfinished because the story isn't over until Easter Day. The message will be "The Darkness of Silence, Suffering and Death." Holy Saturday services are 10:30 a.m.-noon April 7 with a children's resurrection egg hunt on church grounds. Along with the story of the Resurrection, there will be eggs to find, prizes and refreshments for children younger than 12. Easter/Resurrection Sunday services begin at 10:30 a.m. April 8 with worship service and Holy Communion. The message will be "The Dawn of Light in the Darkness."
The church is at 1425 Okatie Highway, Okatie. Details: 843-379-1888
MT. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The church will celebrate its 98th anniversary with nightly services Monday-Friday. The theme of the is "Jesus, the Light of the World." The following churches will participate: Queen Chapel AME Church on Monday; First African Baptist Church on Tuesday; Central Oak Grove Baptist Church on Wednesday; and St. James Baptist Church on Friday. In celebration of Easter, a Holy Communion Service will begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The anniversary program will be at 4 p.m. April 8. Pastor Kenneth Doe of Bethesda Christian Temple of St. Helena Island, will speak.
A Holy Communion Service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church. The church's youth department will present its annual Easter program at 6:30 p.m. April 7. Easter Sunrise Service will begin at 6 a.m. April 8, followed by regular Sunday morning services at 10 a.m.
The Rev. Ben Williams, pastor of Mt. Calvary, also will participate noon-3 p.m. Friday in "The Last Seven Words Service" at the St. Luke Episcopal Church, 50 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island. Williams will speak at 2:30 p.m.The church is at 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-681-3678
QUEEN CHAPEL A.M.E. CHURCH
The sixth Maundy Thursday observance begins at 7:30 p.m. A meal will be shared after the service.
The chapel is at 114 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-812-5081, 843-726-5315
ST. GREGORY THE GREAT CATHOLIC CHURCH
A Living Stations of the Cross -- with a cast of more than 85 volunteers from the Hispanic Ministry of the church -- will perform at 5:30 p.m. Friday. The church is at 333 Fording Island Road, Bluffton.
ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH, HILTON HEAD ISLAND
A service patterned after those used in the first centuries of the church, called "The Great Vigil of Easter," begins at 8 p.m. April 7. This service traditionally begins with the kindling of a fire and the lighting of the Paschal Candle. Following the service, there will be a party. The church is at 3001 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-681-8333
EASTER SUNRISE COMMUNION SERVICE ON HUNTING ISLAND
Richard L. Spearman, pastor at St. Helena Baptist Church will lead the annual Easter Sunrise Communion Service at Hunting Island State Park at 6:45 a.m. April 8. Participants will meet at the lighthouse -- bring a flashlight.
THE BEAUFORT CHURCH OF GOD
An Easter sunrise service begins at 6:30 a.m. April 8. The church is at 641 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. Details: 843-525-9385
BETHLEHEM BAPTIST CHURCH
An Easter Sunday Gospel Concert begins at 5 p.m. April 8, featuring the Rev. Joey Jordan.
The church is on S.C. 170, Okatie.
LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN CENTER
Consecration Services continue at 7:30 p.m. Friday with speaker Leroy Kirkland, pastor of Elohim Christian Fellowship of Savannah. Easter Worship Service is at 10 a.m. April 8. The church is at 3538 Trask Parkway, Beaufort. Details: 843-525-6910
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
A free Easter egg hunt begins at 10:30 a.m. today on the back lawn. There will be family photos, refreshments, crafts and storytelling. Traditional Palm Sunday services are at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary; and CrossRoads contemporary worship is at 9:45 a.m. in Fellowship Hall with music by Lavon Stevens and the CrossRoads Band. Dr. Doug Fletcher will preach at all three services. A Maundy Thursday service is at 6:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, where the Sanctuary choir will present "A Service of Darkness," by Dale Wood. A Good Friday service of Tenebrae begins at 6:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, a sunrise service begins at 7 a.m. at Jarvis Creek Park with music by the CrossRoads Band. Bring a lawn chair; the service will be held in the church in case of rain. Traditional Easter services will be held at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Children's church is at 11 a.m.
The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway. Details: 843-681-3696, www.fpchhi.org
BEAUFORT NEW DIRECTIONS CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
The church will begin worship at its new temporary location today at the Copeland Chapel, 6 Copeland Drive, Beaufort. The Rev. Dr. Al Truesdale will lead the sermon. Easter services will be led by Dr. Roland DuBay on April 8. The sermon will be "Empty is the Tomb." Sunday school begins at 10 a.m. and services at 11 a.m.
ST. HELENA BAPTIST CHURCH
The movie, "Courageous," will be at 6:30 p.m. today in the multipurpose building at 1610 Sea Island Parkway, St. Helena Island. A nursery will be available for infants. Popcorn, soft drinks and coffee will be served. Details: 843-838-3109
PLANT THE SEED MINISTRY
A free meal and friendly conversation is 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays at the Atlantic Inn parking lot, 2249 Boundary St., Beaufort. Details: 843-575-2200, email@example.com
FRIENDSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH
The Missionary Ministry celebrates its 29th anniversary at 3 p.m. Sunday. The church is at 36 Friendship Lane, Coosaw Island. Details: 843-521-4419
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
"Humor: A Natural Resource" is the theme at 10 a.m. Sunday, celebrating April Fool's Day. The service will be led by the worship committee. The fellowship meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island. Details: 843-838-1399
A creation science lecture is at 7 p.m. Sunday. The church is 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island. Details: 843-689-3625, www.resurrectionccc.org
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE SOCIETY OF BEAUFORT
"Unreality" is the Bible lesson sermon at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. A testimony meeting on how prayer answers needs is at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. The society meets at 401 Scott St., Beaufort. Details: 843-441-2262
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
The Rev. Jane Page plans to teach laughing yoga and preach a sermon on the lighter side for April Fool's Day services at 10 a.m. Sunday. This sermon is the third in the series she is sharing based on phrases from Ric Masten's song, "Let It Be a Dance." The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. Details: 843-837-3330
LUNCH HOUR OF POWER
Patricia Bee, associate minister of Lighthouse Christian Center of Beaufort, will speak from noon-12:45 p.m. Wednesday. Lunch Hour of Power is noon-12:45 Wednesdays in Helen Galloway's Memorial Chapel, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort. Details: 843-524-6634
CONGREGATION BETH YAM
A live satellite conversation "Between Science and Art" with Eric Kandel, with Alan Alda will be shown at 8 p.m. Thursday at Congregation Beth Yam, 4501 Meeting St., Hilton Head Island. The cost is $10 for CBY members; $15 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 843-689-2178.