Celebrate Easter at the Easter Sunrise Service at Main Beach in Laguna

There is no more beautiful place to celebrate Easter and come together as a community than at Main Beach in Laguna. Perhaps that’s why so many people – estimated at 250 or more – showed up last year at 6 a.m. to honor the occasion with their neighbors. This year’s celebration, hosted again at the same time and place by Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, is expected to draw a similarly large flock of early birds.

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The service is on Sunday, March 31 at 6 a.m. on Main Beach

“This has become a celebration not just for our members but for the entire community,” said Rev. Mary Scifres, senior pastor at the church. “The Easter sunrise service is a literal moment of new hope dawning, and everyone is eager to share in that feeling, churchgoers or not.”

Attendees will be greeted with coffee and hand warmers to ward off any early morning chill. They’ll get to sing along with the praise band, many of whom have been playing at this service for years. Megan Waters, the music director at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, described the music as “a unique blend of tradition and modernity,” adding that there will be songbooks shared with the crowd, so that everybody can sing along.

In addition to a brief message and “open table” communion where all are invited to come forward, there will be a chance for people to participate by placing flowers on a large cross, producing a gorgeous Easter wreath.

Chuck Kent, who attended for the first time last year and has since become a church member, said, “I love the spirit of this event. Much like Laguna Beach itself, the service is creative, warm and welcoming to everyone. I especially like how little containers of bubbles get distributed so that, after the service, everybody gets to send small sparkles of joy skyward. It’s all pretty special.”

Easter this year is on Sunday, March 31, and the sunrise service begins at 6 a.m. at Main Beach in Laguna Beach. Attendees may bring folding chairs and, if they’d like, a flower for the community wreath. Coffee will be served starting at 5:45 a.m.

An indoor service will also be held at 10 a.m. at Laguna Beach United Methodist Church, 21632 Wesley Drive, Laguna Beach.

For more information, visit https://www.lbumc.org/.

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