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Islands features warm, spiritual Easter services for entire community

By Staff | Apr 9, 2009

Bonnets and spring finery tend to get cleaned and pressed this time of year in northern more cooler parts of the country in preparation for Easter Sunday.

But here on the sunny islands of Sanibel and Captiva, a pretty summer dress or nice shorts will do. Area clergy are just happy to have people come and partake of the most significant day in the Christian faith.

“It’s a time of drawing near God,” said Sanibel Community Church Senior Pastor Daryl Donovan.

Out on the islands, residents and visitors are all welcome to celebrate Easter at the churches. Most of the churches feature services and family-oriented events such as egg hunts.

But still its the eternal message of hope and redemption that even in troubled times that clergy are hoping to convey on Easter Sunday, April 12.

Pastor Donovan of the Sanibel Community Church will be giving a sermon about resurrecting people.

“When you have an eternal perspective, the things of this world aren’t as important,” he said. “God is in control.”

The Sanibel Community Church will be holding its annual Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. near the Causeway. The well-attended service has been going on for 15 years. At this year’s service there will be a choir and band. Everyone is invited. Beach and folding chairs are welcome. There will also be full submersion baptisms being conducted during the service, Donovan said.

The church will also offer contemporary and traditional services on its campus. There will be an egg hunt with prizes and lunch on Saturday, April 11.

The cozy Chapel By the Sea church is holding Easter services outdoors and indoors.

Rev. Joyce Kelly extends an open invitation to islanders and visitors to come.

“It’s a privilege to celebrate together,” Kelly said.

Dr. Rev. Dale Kent, the interim senior pastor of the Sanibel Congregational Church will be sharing a sermon about hope despite a rough economy.

“This is a hopeful time,” Kent said. “This is a hopeful world.”