The 100th anniversary of Easter sunrise services atop Mount Helix was scheduled Sunday — one of a few early-morning services scheduled around San Diego County.
The Easter celebration first took place on the roughly 1,300-foot summit in 1917, in a natural bowl area where an amphitheater was constructed eight years later, according to the Mt. Helix Park Foundation.
The free service, presided over by Pastor Jim Garlow of Skyline Church, began at 6:30 a.m. The first 600 in attendance received free coffee and donuts, according to the foundation.
Free shuttles started making runs at 5 a.m. from parking lots at the corner of Vivera and Mt. Helix Drive, with overflow parking at the Brigantine restaurant, 9350 Fuerte Drive, and Grossmont Center mall, near California Bank & Trust, 5500 Grossmont Center Drive.
Several other sunrise services were scheduled for Easter, in which Christians celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Among them:
— Balboa Park at the Organ Pavilion, featuring organist Dale Sorenson;
— the Point Loma Kiwanis 68th annual Easter sunrise service at the Cabrillo National Monument, with Navy Third Fleet Chaplain Terry Gordon presiding; and
— the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, with free breakfast for the first 500 people, 5704 Paseo del Norte, hosted by The Fields Church.
–City News Service