Easter events

Spring Fling: The public is invited to a Spring Fling with an egg hunt, Easter photo op, vendors, a raffle and book sale Sunday at Saint Andrews Mountain Community Center. The free event at 58 Mission Road in Harpers Ferry happens from noon to 4 p.m., with the egg hunt at 1:30 p.m. For each child taking part in the hunt, adults are asked to a dozen filled plastic eggs. Children can get photos taken with live bunnies starting at 2 p.m. Organizers also will accept nonperishable food donations for local fa. For details, contact Barbara Acker at bfishing2@gmail.com.

Easter Bunny event: Kids of any age are invited to enjoy breakfast with the Easter Bunny, photo sessions and activities from 8 a.m. to noon April 12 at New Destiny Church on Border Road in Kearneysville.

The Lazy S Walkers, a team raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Jefferson County, is hosting the event. The breakfast costs $5. To reserve a spot or get details, email LazySWalkers@gmail.com.

Bunny breakfast: The Independent Fire Co. Auxiliary hosts “Breakfast with the Easter Bunny” from 7 to 11 a.m. April 12 at the fire company at 200 W. Second Ave. in Ranson. The morning includes pancakes, with a picture with the Easter Bunny and treats for kids. A bake sale also will be held. The meal costs $7 for adults or $3 for children 6 and younger, with proceeds aiding the fire department. For details, email IFCAux@yahoo.com.

Educational egg hunt: The Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s sixth-annual egg hunt for children ages 3 to 6 begins at 2 p.m. April 13 at the Yankauer Nature Preserve north of Shepherdstown.

Parents are asked to accompany their children as they hunt for eggs colored to resemble real eggs of wild birds. “Children are challenged to find these eggs on the trail and, in the process, discover how birds use camouflage keep their eggs safe from predators,” organizers explain.

Children can turn in collected eggs for a sweet treat: the chance to decorate an egg-shaped cookie and lemonade. Other activities will include a penguin egg walk, an ostrich egg balance challenge, and an egg-toss game.

The event costs $5 per child, and space is limited. Sign up at potomacaudubon.org or by contacting Ellen Murphy (ellen@potomacaudubon.org or 304-676-8739).

Maundy Thursday Seder: Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Purcellville, Va., holds a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. April 17 at the church at 11590 Harpers Ferry Road. This service in the Jewish tradition shows how Jesus and his disciples spent the hours just before his arrest. For more details, email eumcprogram@gmail.com or call 703-346-4439.

Good Friday walk: The South Jefferson Ministerial Association hosts a “Walk of Witness” at 10 a.m. April 18 on the front steps of Asbury United Methodist Church at 110 W. North St. in Charles Town. The walk involves Christians carrying a cross to six stations for a selection of Bible readings, prayers and hymns before concluding at Edge Hill Cemetery to symbolize Jesus’ burial in the tomb. Learn more by calling 304-725-5513 or going online to myasburychurch.org.

Easter Parade: Shepherdstown’s annual Easter parade begins at 11 a.m. April 19 at the intersection of Church and German streets. Organizers will award prizes for the parade’s best-dressed dogs, children, family and more. Find details at Shepherdstownvisitorscenter.com.

Tenebrae service: Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Purcellville, Va., holds a Tenebrae service at 7 p.m. April 18 at the church at 11590 Harpers Ferry Road. The service begins after the Last Supper and follows Christ through his trial to his crucifixion on the cross. For details, email eumcprogram@gmail.com or call 703-346-4439.

“Easter Extravaganza”: Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Purcellville, Va., offers a free Easter Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 19 at the church at 11590 Harpers Ferry Road. Family fun including egg hunts, games, crafts and more are planned. Lunch will be available for purchase to support the youth ministry of Ebenezer UMC. For details, email eumcprogram@gmail.com or call 703-346-4439.


Send your Easter items: The Spirit will include news from churches and community groups planning special events for Easter. There’s no charge but space is limited. Email details to Christine Snyder at christine@spiritofjefferson.com or mail or drop off announcements to the newsroom at 114 N. Charles St. in Charles Town. The deadline for our April 9 edition is Friday.


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