Craig churches have full slates of Easter activities

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From special services to Easter egg hunts, Craig area churches will celebrate Easter in a variety of ways.

The Yampa Valley Baptist Church will present a program Easter morning that attempts to objectively explain why Jesus is still alive.

"Many Infallible Proofs" is based on Acts 1:3, in which Jesus appeared to his disciples to prove to them he was alive.

The program focuses on Jesus' life rather than his death, Rosie Pott-er said. At Yampa Valley Bap-tist Church, Easter Sunday is referred to as "resurrection day."

The men of the church will present the proofs, and the children and women will read the verses that support the proofs.

The presentation will include three choirs, one each of men, children and women.

A potluck dinner is immediately after the program. Visitors are welcome.

The Ministerial Alliance will host a sunrise service at 5:30 a.m. at the Moffat County High School football stadium.

It should be about false dawn at that time, Calvary Baptist Pastor Rod Compton said. The service concludes at 6:05, when the sun rises over the horizon.

"If it's pouring or a blizzard, we'll move inside to the high school auditorium," Compton said.

First Christian Church will stay at the high school to celebrate Easter with a service at 10 a.m. in the auditorium. Church members hope the neutral setting makes those who typically don't attend church feel comfortable,

St. Michael's Catholic Church holds English Mass at 5 and Spanish Mass at 7 p.m. today.

Saturday's Easter vigil starts at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, English Masses are held at 9 and 11 a.m., and Spanish Mass starts at 1:30 p.m. All Sunday services are followed by Easter egg hunts.

Lutheran Church of Grace and St. Mark's Episcopal Church will hold two Good Friday services -- a stations of the cross service at noon and a Tenebrae service at 7 p.m.

Tenebrae is Latin for 'darkness.' During the service, the Rev. Melinda Bobo said, candles will be extinguished until it is dark, symbolizing the death of Jesus on the cross.

Both churches will host Easter services at 9 a.m. Sunday, followed by a potluck dinner.

First Baptist Church will show "The Passion of the Christ" at 2 and 6 p.m. today.

The movie depicts the final hours of Jesus' life before he was hung on the cross.

Easter services will be held at First Baptist at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Breakfast will be served at 9:30 a.m.

Rob Gebhart can be reached at 824-7031 or rgebhart@craigdailypress.com.

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