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Places of worship throughout Pinellas County are opening their doors to the public for special 2014 Holy Week and Easter holiday services, including the following.

Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church

CLEARWATER – Holy Week events include the following:

• Maundy Thursday memorial meal – Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.
• Good Friday service – Friday, April 18, noon
• Easter Sunday celebration – Sunday, April 20, featuring an egg hunt and brunch, 9 a.m.; and worship with Communion, 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome to attend. Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church is at 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave. For information, call 446-3001 or visit www.peacememorial.org.

First United Methodist Church of Clearwater

CLEARWATER –Holy Week events include the following:

• Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service – Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
• Good Friday service – Friday, April 18, noon, featuring a live, dramatic interpretation
• Easter Sunday celebration – Sunday, April 20, 8:15, 9:45 and 11 a.m., featuring strings and trumpet.

First United Methodist Church of Clearwater is at 411 Turner St., Clearwater. Call 446-5955 or visit www.firstmethodistclearwater.org.

North Bay Community Church

CLEARWATER – Holy Week events include the following:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., featuring drama and communion
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., featuring a service of remembrance
• Easter Celebration Service – Sunday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.

North Bay Community Church is at 3170 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater.

St. John’s Episcopal Church

CLEARWATER – Holy Week services include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, noon
• Easter Eve – Saturday, April 19, 5 p.m., featuring Holy Eucharist
• Easter Day – Sunday, April 20, 8 and 10 a.m., with Holy Eucharist

St. John’s Episcopal Church is at 1676 S. Belcher Road. Call 531-6020.

Chapel by the Sea

CLEARWATER – Easter services, on Sunday, April 20, will include a sunrise service, 7 a.m.; traditional services, 9 and 10:30 a.m.; and youth Sunday school, 10:30 a.m.

Nursery care is available for the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. Sunday School and visiting children should bring a basket for the Easter Egg Hunt after the 10:30 a.m. service.

Chapel by the Sea is at 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach. Call 446-0430 or visit www.chapelbythesea.net.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

CLEARWATER – Holy Week events at the church will include:

• Holy Thursday service – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., featuring Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Eucharistic adoration, continuing to midnight
• Good Friday services – Friday, April 18, including solemn morning prayer, 9 a.m.; Stations of the Cross, 12:30 and 7 p.m.; Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion and Communion service, 3 p.m.
• Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 19, featuring a Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, featuring mass at 7, 9 and 11 a.m.; and 6 p.m.

St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church is at 1955 S. Belcher Road. Call 531-7721 or visit www.scosparish.org.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

CLEARWATER – Holy Week events include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, noon and 7 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 8 and 10 a.m.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is at 3200 McMullen Booth Road. Call 796-5514 or visit www.holytrinityclw.org.

Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan

CLEARWATER – Holy Week events at the church include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., liturgy
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, noon, liturgy
• Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m., featuring the Great Vigil of Easter
• Easter service – Sunday, April 20, 8 and 10 a.m., Holy Eucharist

The Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan is at 2165 NE Coachman Road. For information, call 461-1717 or visit www.goodsamaritan-swfla.org.

First Lutheran Church and School

CLEARWATER – Easter Day services will be presented Sunday, April 20, and will include a sunrise service, 7 to 8 a.m.; Easter breakfast, 8 to 9 a.m.; Sunday school, 8:30 to 9:15 a.m.; Communion service, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.; and an Easter egg hunt, 11 to 11:30 a.m.

First Lutheran Church and School is at 644 Nursery Road, Clearwater. Call 462-8000 or visit www.flcclearwater.org.

North Bay Community Church

CLEARWATER – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., featuring drama and Communion
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., featuring a Service of Remembrance
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 10:30 a.m., featuring an Easter celebration service.

North Bay Community Church is at 3170 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Call 796-0071 or visit NorthBayChurch.com.

St. Michael Anglican Church

DUNEDIN – Holy Week services will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 7 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 9:30 a.m.

St. Michael Anglican Church services are presented at the Masonic Lodge, 1297 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin. Call 542-2051.

Calvary Episcopal Church

INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – Calvary Episcopal Church is at 1615 First St.

Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, featuring morning prayer, 8 a.m.; Holy Eucharist and foot washing, 7 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, featuring Stations of the Cross, 7 a.m.; the Solemn Liturgy and Veneration, noon; and Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.
• Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 19, featuring morning prayer, 9 a.m., the Great Easter Egg Hunt, 6 p.m.; and the Great Vigil and Holy Baptism, 7 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, featuring a sunrise service on the waterfront, 7 a.m.; and Holy Eucharist, 8 and 10 a.m.

Calvary Episcopal Church is at 1615 First St. Call 595-2374 or visit www.calvaryirb.org.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church

LARGO – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, noon, featuring Stations of the Cross
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 10:15 a.m.

St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church is at 10888 126th Ave. N. Call 586-6968 or visit www.stdunstansfl.webs.com.

Christ Presbyterian Church

LARGO – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 5:45 p.m., featuring dinner followed by Tenebrae Service
• Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 19, 9 a.m., featuring an Easter egg hunt and pancake breakfast
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m., featuring an Easter/resurrection worship service

Christ Presbyterian Church is at 3115 Dryer Ave. Call 584-8695 or visit largocpc.com.

St. Patrick Catholic Church

LARGO – Holy Week events will include:

• Holy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, featuring Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, featuring Stations of the Cross, noon; Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m.; and Under the Cross, 7:30 p.m.
• Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 19, featuring an Easter vigil, 8 p.m.
• Easter Sunday service – Sunday, April 20, 7:30, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. There will be no 5:30 p.m. mass.

St. Patrick Catholic Church is at 1507 Trotter Road, Largo. Call 584-2318.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

LARGO – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., featuring Holy Communion with the stripping of the altar
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, featuring the Reading of the Passion, noon; and Solemn Tenebrae, 7:30 p.m.
• Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 19, featuring the Great Vigil of Easter, 7:30 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 8:45 and 11 a.m., featuring festival choir with brass, timpani, bells, violin, cross, banner, torches and alleluias.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is at 455 Missouri Ave., Largo. Call 585-9969 or visit www.poplargo.org.

Hope Presbyterian Church

LARGO – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m., featuring dinner and communion in Hope's Hambley Hall with worship around the table
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., featuring Tenebrae service
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, featuring a Sunrise Service, 7:30 a.m.; light brunch, 8:15 a.m.; and traditional family service with Communion, 10:15 a.m.

The church also will host an Easter carnival Saturday, April 19, 1 to 3 p.m., which will feature a bouncy house, Easter egg hunt, face painting, crafts and food. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.

Hope Presbyterian Church is at 1698 S. Belcher Road. Call 531-3200 or visit www.hopefamily.com.

Serenity Gardens Memorial Park

LARGO – An Easter sunrise service will be presented Sunday, April 20, 7 a.m., at Serenity Funeral Home & Serenity Gardens Memorial Park, 13401 Indian Rocks Road, Largo. Music will be provided by the Anona Brass Ensemble and harpist Victoria Garcia. Breakfast will be served immediately following the service in the Serenity Gardens gathering room. Call 562-2080.

St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church

LARGO – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., featuring Maundy Thursday liturgy; The Vigil will follow, continuing until 7 a.m. Good Friday
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, featuring Mass of the Pre-sanctified Gifts, 7 a.m.; Good Friday liturgy, noon; and Good Friday liturgy and Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.
• Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 19, featuring The Great Vigil of Easter, 7 p.m.
• Easter Day – Sunday, April 20, featuring Holy Communion, 7:30 a.m.; Choral Festival Communion, 10:15 a.m.; and contemporary worship, 5 p.m.

The church also will host a Children’s Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church is at 2790 Sunny Breeze Ave., Largo. For information, call 581-1435 or visit www.stdunstansanglican.org.

Renewed Faith Full Gospel Church

LARGO – The church will present a Resurrection Service on Easter Day, Sunday, April 20, 10:30 a.m. Renewed Faith Full Gospel Church is at Plaza Centre, 1301 Seminole Blvd., D137, Largo. Call 735-1977 or visit wwww.renewedfaith.net.

Seminole Assembly of God Church

LARGO – Seminole Assembly of God Church will host Easter at the Park on Sunday, April 20, in Shelters 7 and 8 at Walsingham Park, 12615 102nd Ave., Largo. Service will begin at 10 a.m. The festivities will feature food, games, face painting, egg hunt for children 11 and younger, crafts and giveaways. For information, call 391-9788 or visit seminoleag.org.

CrossBridge Church

MADEIRA BEACH – The church will host a public Easter morning celebration on Sunday, April 20, at Causeway Park, 502 150th Ave. The outdoor service overlooking Boca Ciega Bay will start with fellowship and refreshments before the 10 a.m. service. Attendees are invited to stop by the new church after the service for a tour. CrossBridge Church is at 50 153rd Ave., Madeira Beach. Call 397-8614 or visit www.crossbridgec.org.

Church By The Sea

MADEIRA BEACH – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, featuring a sunrise service, 7 a.m., at the boardwalk entrance to John’s Pass Village; traditional worship service, 9:45 a.m.; and contemporary worship service, 11:30 a.m.

Nursery will be provided for the 9:45 and 11:30 a.m. services on Easter Sunday. Church By The Sea is at 495 137th Ave. Circle. Call 391-7706.

Friendship Community Church

MADEIRA BEACH – An Easter Sunday service will be presented Sunday, April 20, 7 a.m., featuring “The Resurrection Reality,” an original play and musical. Breakfast will be provided by McDonald’s. The play also will be performed at the 10 a.m. Easter morning service. Friendship Community Church is at 4321 Duhme Road. Call 410-4121.

New Journey Fellowship

PINELLAS PARK – Holy Week events will include:

• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., featuring Communion service
• Easter Sunday services – Sunday, April 20, 7, 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. A free breakfast buffet will be served from 8:15 to 10:30 a.m. Age-appropriate classes will be offered at 9:15 and 10:45 a.m.

New Journey Fellowship is at 4090 78th Ave. Call 344-1063.

Holy Spirit Ecumenical Catholic Church

SAFETY HARBOR – Holy Week events will include:

• Holy Thursday service – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
• Good Friday service – Friday, April 18, 7 p.m.
• Holy Saturday Easter vigil – Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 10:30 a.m.

Holy Spirit Ecumenical Catholic Church is at 3265 State Road 580, Safety Harbor. Call 754-9758 or visit holyspiritecc.org.

Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church

ST. PETE BEACH – A Maundy Thursday service will be presented Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m. The church will host its 73rd annual sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 20, 6:30 a.m., at Pass-A-Grille Point, between First and Second avenues.

Two additional services, with traditional Easter music and a brass choir, will be presented at the church at 8:45 and 10 a.m.

Immediately following the sunrise service, the youth group will host a pancake breakfast in the Fellowship Hall of Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church. Cost is $7 a person or $25 per family. Proceeds will help support the group’s upcoming mission trip. All are invited.

Pass-A-Grille Beach Community Church is at 107 16th Ave., St. Pete Beach. Call 360-5508 or visit www.pagchurch.org.

St. Petersburg Community Church

ST. PETERSBURG – A Good Friday drama of the Last Supper will be presented Friday, April 18, 7 p.m. “It Is Finished,” a musical and visual presentation of Christ’s resurrection and victory over death, will be presented Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. Nursery will be provided for children to age 4. The event is free.

St. Petersburg Community Church is at 4501 30th Ave. N. Call 525-0012 or visit www.gracetograce.org.

Faith Presbyterian Church

SEMINOLE – Holy Week events will include:

• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., featuring “Service of Shadows”
• Easter Sunday services – Sunday, April 20, featuring a sunrise service, 7 a.m.; contemporary service, 9:20 a.m.; traditional worship, 11 a.m.; and Sunday school, 9:20 and 11 a.m.

Faith Presbyterian Church is at 11501 Walker Ave. Call 391-0596.

Oakhurst United Methodist Church

SEMINOLE – Holy Week services will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., featuring a Tenebrae service with Communion in the sanctuary

• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, featuring Stations of the Cross, 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.; and a commemorative service, 3 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, featuring a sunrise service, 7 a.m. at the picnic area behind the foundry; continental breakfast, 7:45 a.m.; contemporary service, 8:30 a.m.; traditional services, 9:30 and 11 a.m.; Easter egg hunt and Sunday school, 9:30 a.m.; and adult Sunday school, 11 a.m.

Oakhurst United Methodist Church is at 13400 Park Blvd. Call 391-4769.

St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church

SEMINOLE – Holy Week events will include:

• Holy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 3 p.m.

• Holy Saturday vigil – Saturday, April 19, 8 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, featuring an Easter “Sonrise” service, 7 a.m.; and Easter masses, 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.

Also, a Portuguese-speaking community service will be offered Sunday, April 20, 7 p.m.

St. Justin Martyr Roman Catholic Church is at 10851 Ridge Road. Call 397-3312 or visit www.stjustinmartyr.net.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd

SEMINOLE – Holy Week services will include:

• Maundy Thursday services – Thursday, April 17, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• Good Friday services – Friday, April 18, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd is at 10891 102nd Ave. N. Call 391-4644.

Christ the King Presbyterian Church

SEMINOLE – Holy Week services will include:

• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, 7:30 p.m., featuring a Tenebrae service
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, 9:25 a.m.

Nursery will be provided for both services. Christ the King Presbyterian Church is at 5400 Seminole Blvd., Seminole. Call 394-0787 or visit www.ctkpcasemiinole.com.

Seminole First Baptist Church

SEMINOLE – Seminole First Baptist Church at 11045 Park Blvd. will present special Easter services on Sunday, April 20, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Call 392-7729.

Connect2Christ Church

SEMINOLE – Connect2Christ Church will present its Rise Up Sunrise Service on Easter Sunday, April 20, 7 a.m., at Seminole City Park, 7464 Ridge Road. A complimentary light breakfast will be provided by Caspers McDonalds of Seminole. For information, visit c2cchurch.com.

Chapel on the Hill United Church of Christ

SEMINOLE – Holy Week will begin a Tenebrae service on Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., featuring a retelling of the Passion story. A quiet time of observation and communion will be available on Good Friday, April 18, 10 a.m. to noon.

Easter services will be presented Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m., and will include a Hallelujah chorus sing-a-long and the cantata “Come to the Cross.”

Chapel on the Hill is at 12601 Park Blvd., Seminole. Call 391-2919.

Paradise Lutheran Church

TREASURE ISLAND – Holy Week events will include:

• Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 17, 6 p.m.
• Good Friday – Friday, April 18, noon
• Easter Sunday – Sunday, April 20, featuring an outdoor sunrise service, 7 a.m.; and a festival Easter service, 10 a.m. Seating will be available at the outdoor service or attendees may stay in their car. Complimentary coffee, juice and donuts will be served between services.

Paradise Lutheran Church is at 10255 Paradise Blvd. Call 360-5739.

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