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Issue 582

04/05/2012 at 4:43pm

Easter Egg HuntCelebrate Easter!

Easter weekend means family fun for guests and residents alike on Fort Myers Beach. From Vespers to egg hunts to sunrise services, there's something for everyone on our crescent island.

The Island Sand Paper asked kids on the beach what their plans were for the weekend and what they were looking forward to the most. Mallie Critser, a junior beach resident and preacher's kid, said, "I plan to eat—we're having a family dinner—and spend time with my family. I'm looking most forward to Easter Service (at Beach Baptist) and family time.”

"We have a four-day weekend with no school and I get to hang with friends and family,” added Critser's older brother Shawn Taylor.

Ireland Schlak, a child from Indiana here visiting family during Spring Break, exclaimed, "Easter is awesome!” When asked what she looks forward to most, she simply said, "Eggs!,” so we asked if it was the hunt or the feast and she answered, "Both.”

Whether gathering eggs, attending church services or spending quality time with family, there are plenty of fun activities from which to choose. Here is a schedule of worship services and other holiday celebrations on Fort Myers Beach:

Sunrise Service hosted by the Beach Ministerial Association Easter morning at Lynn Hall Park by the pier at 6:30 a.m.

Ascension Catholic Church—Celebrating Holy Week with Mass on Good Friday at 3:00 p.m., Easter Vigil on Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday 6:45, 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. Call (239) 463-6754 for more information.

Bay Oaks Recreational Campus—Easter Egg Hunt by the ball fields Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 8:00. There will be light refreshments provided by Perkins and Pepsi. Members of the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department and Lee County Sheriff's Office will be present along with an appearance by the Easter Bunny.

Beach United Methodist Church—Two Easter Sunday services at 8:00 and 10:30 a.m. The Chancel Choir will present Lloyd Larson's "Lift High the Cross of the Risen Christ” at the 10:30 service. Visit for more information.

Chapel By The Sea—Hosts the Community Good Friday Service at 12 noon; a children's Easter Party is Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., featuring Easter egg coloring, food, games and an 11 a.m. egg hunt. Breakfast will be served Sunday at the church at 8:30 a.m., followed by a butterfly release at 9:35 a.m. The church will offer two Sunday worship services at 8:00 and 10:00 a.m.

First Baptist Church—Easter Breakfast at 9:00 a.m., followed by Bible Study at 9:30 a.m. Worship starts at 10:30 a.m. Visit for more information.

New Church of Southwest Florida—Vespers with candlelight service on Good Friday at 7:45 p.m.; worship service Easter Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Call Rev. Gabriella at (239) 481-5535 for more information.

St. Peter Lutheran Church—Abbreviated Vigil of Easter on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.; Traditional Worship Services Sunday at 8:00, 9:45 and 11:15 a.m. Holy Communion celebrated at each service during Holy Week. Visit for more information.

St. Raphael's Episcopal Church—Easter Mass at 10:00 a.m. Call (239) 233-6072 for more information.

St. Raphael's by the Sea Anglican Church—Worship service at 10:00 a.m. Call (239) 464-9823 for more information.

Sanibel Community Church-Sunrise Service on the Causeway at 6:30 am. Worship services at the church at 8, 9, 10 & 11 am. 239-472-2684

The Island Sand Paper wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend. Remember to watch for pedestrians and bicyclists during this busy time of year.

Chris Doyle