This is the second year that religious spring festivals have been celebrated under COVID restrictions, and many events still look different.
The region’s two largest outdoor sunrise services, one at the Royal Gorge in Canon City and the other at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, will once again be virtual.
The service of Royal Gorge Bridge and Park will be available online at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at facebook.com/RoyalGorgeBridge.
Cowboy preacher Grant Adkisson, known for his ministry at major rodeos and Bible conferences, will deliver the message “It’s never too late.”
the 74th Annual Red Rocks Service will go live as a pre-recorded video by 6 a.m. Sunday, a project of the Colorado Council of Churches.
The statewide ecumenical and social justice organization represents 13 Christian denominations and 800 churches across Colorado. The Most Reverend Kimberly Lucas, Bishop of the Episcopal Church of Colorado, will deliver the sermon.
The video will be available for viewing on demand on the organization’s website, www.cochurches.org/easterlive, on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/cochurches and on its YouTube channel.
Several community-wide outdoor services will be held in Colorado Springs.
Broadmoor Community Church will hold a service at 10 a.m. on the Myron Stratton Home ball diamond, 555 heights of the golden pass. Participants are asked to bring chairs or blankets and wear masks and comfortable clothing.
First United Methodist Prairie Campus will host an Easter Drive-In Community Service and Egg Hunt will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at Ban parking at Lewis Ranch Preparatory Academy. 9433 Vista Del Pico Blvd in the Banning Lewis Ranch neighborhood.
An outdoor egg hunt on the football field, photos with the Easter bunny and an educational farm will follow. Pre-registration is mandatory on www.fumcprairie.org. Masks are compulsory from 4 years old. Children will have staggered start times to participate.
Wilson United Methodist Church will hold a 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise outdoor service at the Flying W Ranch.
In-person worship services will also be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday at the Flying W Ranch, 3330 Chuckwagon Road. These services will also be streamed online at http://www.wilsonumc.org/live. There will also be a free community egg hunt at the Flying W from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for children, who will be divided into age groups and must bring their baskets.
The Salvation Army will hold a community Easter egg hunt after the Easter Sunday church service at 10:45 a.m. in the backyard of the local headquarters at 908 Yuma Street. The event is for children 12 and under and they must bring their baskets.
Sunnyside Christian Church2025 N. Murray Blvd., will host an outdoor Easter Egg Hunt at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, with lots of activities.
The SoccerHaus Sports and Events Center, 4845 List Drive, is hosting a community egg hunt with face painting and Easter bunny starting at 10 a.m. Saturday, with reservations required by calling the Upper 90 Tavern, 434-1738. Children will be divided into sessions, with 2-3 year olds at 10 a.m., 4-5 year olds at 11 a.m., 6-8 year olds at noon and 9-10 year olds at 1 p.m.
An Easter egg hunt and photos with the Easter Bunny will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday at 610 E Willamette Ave., the new home of Colorado Children’s Academy Downtown.
Fort Carson will offer a drive-thru Easter event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday on post, featuring holiday treats, candies, eggs, balloon artists and the Easter Bunny.
Broadmoor’s Annual Chocolate Easter Patternthis year, a 1940s fighter plane equipped with a bunny pilot and chocolate carrot missiles, is on display in the historic hotel’s west building.
Adam Thomas, Executive Chef of Broadmoor Bakery and Patisserie, and his team spent three weeks cutting, sculpting, shaping and casting 126 pounds of dark chocolate, 2 pounds of colored cocoa butter and 6 pounds of modeling chocolate .
Many individual churches hold outdoor services, others require reservations for indoor services with limited capacity.
Coming Sunday in The Gazette: What Local Pastors Are Saying: The Easter and Passover messages of hope, salvation, and good over evil are needed more than ever.