Easter celebrations in the Lowcountry offer a unique religious experience combining the beauty of area beaches with worship. Early risers can experience the sunrise with services beginning at 6:30 a.m. in front of the Hunting Island State Park Lighthouse in Beaufort and on Coligny Beach and at Jarvis Creek Park on Hilton Head Island.
Here are some upcoming Easter events at area churches:
ST. HELENA BAPTIST CHURCH
St. Helena Baptist Church will hold Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Hunting Island State Park. The Rev. Richard Spearman will lead the service. Participants are asked to meet at the lighthouse, bring a flashlight and dress appropriately for the weather.
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
First Presbyterian Church of Hilton Head Island will begin its Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Jarvis Creek Park, with music by the CrossRoads Band and the Rev. Sam Martin as pastor. Bring a lawn chair; the service will be held in the church in case of rain. Traditional Easter services begin at 8:30 and 11 a.m. in the sanctuary. Children's church begins at 11 a.m. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, between mile markers 5 and 6.
ST. ANDREW BY-THE-SEA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
St. Andrew By-The-Sea United Methodist Church will hold Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Coligny Beach on Hilton Head Island. Services will be held at the church in the event of rain or imminent threat of rain. Sanctuary worship is at 9 and 11:15 a.m. with brass and choir at both services. Bring a flower to add to the living cross. The church is at 20 Pope Ave., Hilton Head Island.
Details: 843-785-4711, www.hhiumc.com
SERVANTS OF GOD INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH TABERNACLE
Servants of God International Outreach Tabernacle's Resurrection Sunrise Service begins at 7 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Clement Crawford of Hickory, N.C., will speak. The church is at 2754 Trask Parkway, U.S. 21, in Grays Hill.
UNION BAPTIST CHURCH
The Union Baptist Church family will hold Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. Sunday. Breakfast will follow. The church is at 1708 Old Shell Road, Port Royal.
GILLISON BRANCH BAPTIST CHURCH
Gillison Branch Baptist Church will hold Sunrise Resurrection Service at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Breakfast will follow. The church is at 4591 Calf Pen Bay Road, Pineland.
Details: 843-726-6143, firstname.lastname@example.org
GRAYS HILL BAPTIST CHURCH
Grays Hill Baptist Church will have two services on Easter morning. Sunrise service is at 7 a.m., Sunday School at 8:45 a.m. and worship and cantata at 10 a.m. The church is at 2749 Trask Parkway, Burton.
CARTERET STREET UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Carteret Street United Methodist Church's Easter Sunday Worship with Adorning of the Altar is at 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday. Parishioners are asked to bring flowers to place upon the living cross in front of the church. An Easter breakfast will be served in the Fellowship Hall at 10 a.m. There will be no Sunday School. The church is at 408 Carteret St., Beaufort.
RIDGELAND BAPTIST CHURCH
Ridgeland Baptist Church is holding its annual Easter Eggstravaganza beginning with registration at 9:30 a.m. today. The egg hunt is from 10 a.m.-noon for 1-year-olds up to fifth-graders. The church is at 1448 Grays Highway, Ridgeland.
THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE REDEEMER
Easter Sunday service is at 10 a.m. Sunday at The Anglican Church of the Redeemer of Hilton Head Island. The church is at 1 Mathews Drive, Suite 101, Hilton Head.
Details: 843-815-5820, email@example.com
MT. CALVARY MISSIONARY BAPTIST
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church will hold an Easter Sunday service at 10 a.m. Sunday. The Rev. Isaac Wilborn Sr., former pastor of Campbell AME Church of Bluffton and the first principal of Hilton Head Elementary School, will speak. The church is at 382 Squire Pope Road, Hilton Head Island.
PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Providence Presbyterian Church services at 9 and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday will feature the Providence Chancel Choir presenting several pieces from the cantata "Come Touch the Robe" by Pepper Choplin and "Worthy Is the Lamb" by Darlene Zscheck. Local soloist Chalmers Gorman will perform. The church is at 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head Island.
HOLY RESURRECTION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH
Holy Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church's Holy Saturday Morning services are at 8:30 a.m. today and Holy Saturday Evening begins at 11:30 p.m. Liturgy is followed by the Matins of Easter Sunday. The Anastasi Meal will be served. The church meets at St. Andrew Chapel, 220 Pinckney Colony Road, Bluffton.
ST. FRANCIS BY THE SEA CATHOLIC CHURCH
St. Francis By the Sea Catholic Church of Hilton Head Island's Easter Vigil begins at 8:15 p.m. today. Easter Sunday Masses will be celebrated at 6:30, 8, 10 a.m. and noon in the church and 9 and 11 a.m. in the multipurpose building Sunday. The church is at 45 Beach City Road, Hilton Head.
BRICK BAPTIST CHURCH
A Community Yard Sale is from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. today at Martin Luther King Park, Sea Island Parkway and Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island. Proceeds benefit Brick Baptist Church. In case of inclement weather, the sale will be held at the church.
ST. FRANCIS THRIFT SHOP
St. Francis Thrift Shop will reopen from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The shop is at 6 Southwood Park Drive, Suite A, Hilton Head Island.
Distribution times for April Angel Food orders have changed. Pick up will be at St. John's Lutheran Church, 157 Lady's Island Drive in Beaufort, from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. today.
Life House Church in Beaufort also is a host site (843-379-9673).
Lion and The Lamb Ministries in Hardeeville is a host site south of the Broad River (843-540-2207).
Online orders may be placed at www.angelfoodministries.com.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CONGREGATION OF THE LOWCOUNTRY
A reception honoring the Rev. Thomas Schmidt is from 5:30-7 p.m. today at Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Lowcountry. Schmidt is leaving UUCL after serving five years as its minister. At 10 a.m. Easter Sunday, Schmidt will present his final sermon, "So Be It, Amen, and Blessed Be!" The church is at 110 Malphrus Road, Bluffton. The Rev. Manuel Holland, Minister Emeritus, will become senior minister, providing pastoral care, representing the congregation in the community and providing occasional sermons.
UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP OF BEAUFORT
The Rev. Nan White will lead the Flower Communion at 10 a.m. Sunday at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Beaufort. Participants are encouraged to bring a flower to be used in the service. The church meets at 178 Sams Point Road, Lady's Island.
UNION BAPTIST CHURCH
The pastor and members of Union Baptist Church will be celebrating the church's 128th anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The theme is "Planted in the House of the Lord." Speakers and guest churches are: Monday, Minister Bert Murray, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Port Royal; Tuesday, the Rev. Keith Parker, Spring Hill A.M.E.; Wednesday, the Rev. Charles Griswold, Israelite Baptist Church of Laurel Bay; Thursday, Minister Isaiah Smalls, Friendship Baptist; Friday, the Rev. Raymond Johnson, First African Baptist Church of Port Royal. Services will conclude at 11 a.m. May 1 when the Rev. Elijah Washington of First African Baptist of St. Helena will speak. Dinner will be served after the service. The church is at 1708 Old Shell Road, Port Royal.
UNITY CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
The Rev. Justin Epstein will offer a course in Kriya Yoga from 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday through May 18 at The Hampton Inn & Suites in Bluffton. The cost is $85 if registered by Sunday or $97 after.
Details: 843-682-8177, unitychurchofhiltonhead.org
MOUNT SINAI BAPTIST CHURCH
Mount Sinai Baptist Church of Beaufort will celebrate its 98th church anniversary at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, concluding with an 11 a.m. service May 1. The following churches will be featured: Wednesday, the Rev. Paul Graham and Laurel Bay Baptist Church; Thursday, the Rev. Burnett Mungin and New Jerusalem Full Gospel Baptist Church; and Friday, the Rev. Robert Edwards and Gethsemane Baptist Church.
Details: Yvonne DeLoach, 843-379-5754; Pastor Joseph Josey, 843-846-6738
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND
First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island will host a concert by the Statesboro Youth Chorale at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the sanctuary. The chorale is an auditioned choir that has performed in England and Disney World and is preparing to join the Indianapolis Children's Choir in June for the Festival of the Americas. Admission is free. The church is at 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head.
SPRING HILL AME CHURCH
Spring Hill AME Church of Sheldon will hold an April Birthday Group Joy Night Service at 7 p.m. Friday. The theme is "Sharing God's Joy through Word, Song and Movement." James Cuthbert will be the master of ceremonies. The Fellowship Concert Choir, Wings of Prayer and Nynia Youmans will perform. The church is at 20 Paige Point Road, Sheldon.
Details: Myra Parker, 843-846-6680, 843-812-1933, 843-476-8540
LOWCOUNTRY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
As part of the Christian Speakers Series of the Lowcountry, Bishop Will Willimon will speak from 7-9 p.m. Friday and 8:30-11:30 a.m. April 30 at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church, Bluffton. Willimon was voted one of the 12 Most Effective Preachers in the English-speaking world. He has written 60 books and sold more than 1.5 million copies. To reserve free tickets call 843-379-1888.
The Opera of Life will be presented at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at The Cross, 168 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island. For the seventh year Bennie Dudley of New York has presented the cross program. Seven area ministers will speak.
An ecumenical group of volunteers from Hilton Head Island is taking part in a national, day school pilot program to help people obtain their GEDs. Registration and participation in the TABE (Test for Adult Basic Education) is required by April 30. The three-week class begins July 11. It will be followed by a GED camp.
RESURRECTION CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY CHURCH
Resurrection Christian Community Church will hold its Community Market from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 30 at 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island. Donations of items to sell are being accepted now at the church. Tables are available for rent and volunteers are needed to assist with set up at 7 a.m.
Details: Billy Tesar, 843-304-7000