Easter’s meaningful message always filled with faith, family, fun



Spring is a season of awakening. During longer, warmer days, yards came alive with azalea blossoms in brilliant hues of crimson, pink and white.

For many North Brevard residents, spring means Easter. People of all ages delight in melt-in-your-mouth chocolate rabbits and tasty jelly beans. This year, the holiday will be celebrated April 1.

Locally and around the nation, many will attend church services.

According to LifeWay Research, a Southern Baptist research center, “Easter is, by far, the most attended Sunday of the year for many U.S. churches.”

For Lisa Baggett, Care Ministry Leader at Indian River City United Methodist Church in Titusville, the holiday has deep spiritual meaning.

“Easter is all about the resurrection of our Lord,” she said. “He showed the world that he is God and that we can have everlasting life in Jesus. Our chains are broken.”

Baggett celebrates by attending a sunrise service.

Sponsored by First Christian Church in Titusville, it is held annually at Sand Point Park on 101 N. Washington Ave. The service starts 6:30 a.m. It is followed by a complimentary breakfast.

First Christian Church of Cocoa Beach also holds an Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. at Jetty Park at Port Canaveral.

Mary Gage and her family combine faith and fun by baking tomb/resurrection cookies.

Long-distance grandma, Carol Eilers, administrative assistant to the Rev. Richard Lord, pastor of Park Avenue Baptist Church, sends her five granddaughters expressions of love and faith.

“I mail them cards with a message about the meaning of Easter, which is Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection. That is the foundation of our Christian faith,” she said.

When Eilers’ granddaughters were younger, she gave them “resurrection eggs.” They include religious figurines inside the eggs and a booklet, which tells the story of  Easter.

The eggs can be purchased online through Amazon and other vendors.

One grandmother places Bible verses inside plastic eggs. The grandchildren read the verses aloud and relate what they understand.

Some prefer real eggs to plastic. Another grandma enjoys dying hard-boiled eggs with her grandchildren before attending a church-sponsored Easter egg hunt.

Last year, Kay Stewart and her family put a unique spin on Easter activities.

“We did an egg toss with raw eggs,” she said.