From singing gospel hymns celebrating the resurrection of Christ to hiding and seeking brightly-colored eggs, local churches, businesses and groups have Easter activities planned for all ages.

Church events

St. Bethlehem Missionary Baptist youth department is sponsoring the "Seven Sayings on the Cross" at 6 tonight at 198 Main St., Pembroke. Seven preachers will speak for seven minutes each.

Casky Baptist Church, 4090 Casky Lane, Hopkinsville, celebrates the season with a "One Day" Adult Easter Cantata at 11 a.m. Sunday and will have a Palm Sunday Celebration with an outdoor worship service at 5 p.m. Also, a Good Friday service is planned with the observance of Lord's Supper at 6 p.m. An Easter Sunday observance will be April 21 with a 6:30 a.m. sunrise breakfast, 7:15 a.m. breakfast, 8 a.m. Sunday school and 9 a.m. worship service. Host pastor is Jesse Brown.

Hillcrest Baptist Church will have an Easter Resurrection Celebration at 6 p.m. Sunday at 920 Skyline Drive, Hopkinsville, which includes choir performances, testimonies and dramatic skits. Also, Easter Eggstreme will be at 1 p.m. April 20 for children age 1 through fifth grade. The event includes an Easter egg hunt, cookie decorating, coloring contest and pictures with the Easter bunny. Easter Sunday services begin at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. April 21 with worship services and discipleship classes. For more information, call the church at 270-886-6017.

Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church will celebrate Palm Sunday, a Holy Day of Obligation, this Sunday, according to their Facebook page. Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, the beginning of Holy Week, and commemorates the triumphant arrival of Christ in Jerusalem, days before he was crucified. On Palm Sunday the faithful often receive palm fronds which they use to participate in the re-enactment of Christ's arrival in Jerusalem.

Holy Thursday Mass is 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Saints Peter and Paul. Stations of the Cross will be observed at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Good Friday. Holy Saturday service will be at 5:30 p.m. April 20. Easter Sunday service is at 9:30 a.m. April 21 in the St. Augustine Hall.

Emmanuel Bible Church, 2887 Hopkinsville Road, in Cadiz will hold its annual Maundy Thursday service at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The service will include a time of related scripture readings and seasonal hymns, followed by sharing the Lord's Table.

In the traditional church calendar Maundy Thursday is a time for the commemoration of at least two events. The first is Christ's Last Supper with His disciples during which He instituted the Eucharist or Lord's Table. The second is the giving of what the Lord called "a new commandment." The word "Maundy" comes from the Latin -- "mandatum" from which we get our English word "mandate." It was during the Last Supper that Jesus gave a "new mandate" or "new commandment": that His followers should "... love one another, as I have loved you ..." (John 13:34).

Lane Tabernacle CME Church, 109 S. Vine St., Hopkinsville, will have a Good Friday service "Seven Last Words from The Cross" at 7 p.m. Friday. On the program are the Revs. Lisa Balboa, Deborah Baker, James Fleming, Leatrice Holmes, Aaron Pettus, Buddy Slaughter and Theo Sowell. Host pastor is the Rev. Dr. Linda K. Johnson.

On Good Friday, New Work Fellowship will be having a 12:10 p.m. worship service at the church campus at 5050 Canton Pike. A box lunch will be provided. Child care will not be provided.

An Easter EGGstravaganza is planned for noon to 2 p.m. April 20 at New Work Fellowship. There will be free food, bouncers, live music and egg hunts for children 1-year-old to sixth grade. Participants must bring their own basket. Three different worship services are planned at 8:15, 9:40, and 11:10 a.m. Easter Sunday, April 21 at the James E. Bruce Convention Center, 303 Conference Center Drive.

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This worship event is for the whole family, but childcare will be available for children up to 3 years old.

A Community Easter Egg Hunt for children up to sixth grade is planned from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 at Pembroke Baptist Church with food, games, a kid-friendly message and worship. The church is located at 144 S Main St., Pembroke.

A "He's Alive" Easter play will be presented at 7 p.m. April 20 and 21 at Church Street General Baptist Church in Bremen.

Easter services will begin at 10 a.m. April 21 with free family photos, light refreshments at 11 a.m. and an egg hunt for children up to sixth grade at New Palestine Baptist Church, at 9997 Dawson Springs Road - Kentucky 109, Crofton.

Bethel Berry Baptist, 6975 Old Madisonville Road, will have a sunrise service at 6 a.m. April 21 with guest speaker Keith Mahone, minister at Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Breakfast will be served after the service. Breakfast fellowship will be the close of services for the day.

Group/Organization events

Easter-themed events start with a Parade and Easter Egg Hunt at 10 this morning at Sharon Grove Community Park. The parade will begin at Pleasant Hill Church, 470 Pleasant Hill Church Road, Elkton, and end at the park with the Easter egg hunt. Concessions including hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks will be available for purchase. Community members are welcome to participate in the parade.

Hopkinsville College of the Bible Drama Society Reader's Theater presents two performances of "Before the Cross" at noon and 6 p.m. Tuesday. The college is located at 125 N. Vine St.

A Community Prayer Breakfast will be held 7 p.m. Good Friday at the Hopkinsville-Christian County YMCA, 7805 Eagle Way. The Rev. Brad Fancher will be the guest speaker with Angela Beloved providing music. Anyone interested in attending must RSVP by Tuesday to 270-887-5382.

The annual Christian Way Farm Easter Egg Hunt is April 20. Easter egg hunters can grab a bucket when they check in at the country store starting at 10 a.m. and hunt throughout the farm (until the farm closes at dark). When they finish, they turn in their bucket for a package of goodies. Full information (with a free downloadable coloring sheet) can be found at https://christianwayfarm.com/easter-egg-hunt-2/. The hunt is included with regular farm admission, which is $7.50 per person for ages 2 and older.

The WHOP'er Egg Hunt begins at 11 a.m. April 20 at Tie Breaker Park, Hopkinsville. Free youth events, including a Pitch, Hit and Run and Jr. Home Run Derby begin at 1 p.m.

Reach Michele Vowell at 270-887-3242 or mvowell@kentuckynewera.com.

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