As Sunday approaches, families across San Diego will scramble to dye Easter eggs, tuck chocolate bunnies into colorful baskets, and pick up those last items needed for a special dinner. Many will also take time to reflect on spring as a season of rebirth, and celebrate their Christian faith.
Churches throughout the county have been observing Holy Week with services that will continue all weekend, and have special significance. Maundy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper, Good Friday venerates the suffering journey Jesus took to the cross, Holy Saturday features a solemn vigil, and Easter Sunday celebrates Christ’s resurrection.
Weekend activities are highlighted with family friendly festivities featuring traditional egg hunts and visits with the Easter Bunny. And there are plenty of events to choose from all over San Diego.
However you enjoy the holiday, here are some options to help you get the most out of the weekend:
The Good Friday Walk With the Suffering is a Christian commemoration of the path Jesus walked from his trial in Jerusalem to his crucifixion at Calvary. The procession winds 2 1/2 miles around downtown, stopping at several public buildings for Scripture readings and to reflect on the issues that cause suffering in our community. Students from St. Augustine High School and Our Lady of Peace Academy will portray Jesus, and the women and soldiers who follow him along the way to the cross. The event is hosted by the Interfaith Shelter Network, and takes place from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Friday starting at the San Diego Rescue Mission, 120 Elm St.
The Lemon Grove Good Friday Cross Walk and Service draws hundreds of participants who share the weight of sacrifice as they take turns carrying a wooden cross through the streets of Lemon Grove. The procession makes stops along the route to offer prayers for the city and its leaders, businesses, emergency personnel, families, schools, homeless and disadvantaged people, faith communities, and those who serve in the military. A light lunch follows the event, and an ecumenical service features local clergy who preach the “7 Last Sayings of Christ,” which reflects on the words Jesus spoke on the cross. Walkers gather at 10 a.m. at Lemon Grove United Methodist Church, 3205 Washington St., and make their way to North Park Apostolic Church, 2515 Lemon Grove Ave. All are welcome to join.
The Rock Church will host a community resource event and Good Friday sermon starting at 8:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Petco Park. Volunteers will help out those in need with free haircuts, breakfast, care packages, and dog food. The event also features a health fair, and blood drive. Additionally, the “Jesus Geeks” will be on hand to clean your personal computer of dust and gunk. At noon, Pastor Miles McPherson will deliver a message on the lawn at the Park in the Park. Bring chairs or blankets, and a nonperishable food item to donate to the food drive, if you’re able .
The Fields, A Church Without Walls, holds its 11th annual sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at The Flower Fields, 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad. The service includes music and an Easter message. Dress warmly. A free breakfast will follow.
Summit Church International presents an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday atop Mt. Helix in La Mesa. Dress warmly and bring a blanket to sit on. Parking and shuttles are available from the Mount Miguel Fire Station, 10105 Vivera Drive, and The Brigantine, 9350 Fuerte Drive, La Mesa, starting at 5:30 a.m.
The Point Loma Kiwanis Club Easter Sunrise Service begins at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at Cabrillo National Monument. An ecumenical sermon will be delivered in the lower parking lot overlooking San Diego Harbor. Gates open at 6 a.m. Chaplain Jerome Hinson, Fleet Chaplain, Third Fleet conducts the service. Music will be provided by Navy Band Southwest. Seating is limited to 550, and the public is encouraged to arrive early.
EGG HUNTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Spring Eggstravaganza, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Santee Lakes, 9310 Fanita Parkway. The family friendly event sponsored by the city of Santee features egg hunts for children age 8 and younger, entertainment, carnival rides, a petting zoo, and other activities. Ride tickets cost .50 cents each, with rides ranging from one to 10 tickets. Parking is $5. A shuttle service is provided. Dogs are not allowed. For more information, call 619-258-4100, ext. 201.
Free Easter EGGstravaganza, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Salvation Army Kroc Center Recreation Field, 6845 University Ave., La Mesa. An egg hunt featuring more than 15,000 Easter eggs is open to children ages 4 to 11. Festivities include crafts, entertainment, music, carnival games, prizes, and the Easter Bunny.
Fallbrook Pancake Breakfast and Spring Egg Hunt, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Fallbrook Community Center, 341 Heald Lane. The egg hunt is for children ages 5 to 11. Breakfasts costs $5 for ages 12 and older, $4 for children younger than 12.
Breakfast With the Bunny and Egg Hunt, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Spring Valley Community Center, 8735 Jamacha Blvd. The egg hunt is for children ages 2 to 10, and starts at 9 a.m. The pancake breakfast includes sausage, eggs, milk, juice and coffee, and costs $5 for ages 12 and older, $4 for children younger than 12.
Spring Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. Saturday at Dos Picos Regional Park, 17953 Dos Picos Park Road, Ramona. More than 4,000 eggs hidden in age-specific areas so children ages 2 and older can enjoy the fun. get a picture with the Spring Bunny! A $1 donation is requested to help fund the event. Parking is $3.
San Dieguito Egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon, San Dieguito County Park, 1628 Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Del Mar. Features egg hunt, activities and a visit from the Spring Bunny.
Children’s Easter Egg Hunt, 12 p.m. Sunday at Trolley Barn Park on Adams Avenue at Florida Street, University Heights. The annual event is free, attracts hundreds of children, and is sponsored by Family Matters, The LGBT Center and the 3rd District City Council Office of Council President Todd Gloria. Easter baskets are donated by a variety of groups, businesses and elected officials, including Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
Craft ‘Egg’-Stravaganza, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hotel del Coronado. Hotel staff creates a public celebration with a fun zone for children of all ages to make Easter crafts. The hotel also hosts exclusive egg hunts for its hotel, brunch and Sheerwater breakfast guests. For reservations, call 619-522-8815.
Belmont Park Eggstravaganza, noon Sunday at the park, 3146 Mission Blvd., Mission Beach. Children are invited to collect eggs at the shops. Pictures with the Easter Bunny take place from 2 to 4 p.m.