Traditional Easter Fountain in Franconia, Germany
Community Activities
Essex Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. at Essex Elementary School play yard
Rain Date: Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for the Easter Bunny, gathering eggs, and prizes. We will begin punctually at 9 a.m.! Last year it took 3.45 minutes to gather all almost 4,000 eggs so don't be late. 
Manchester Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Manchester Community Center
The egg hunt, which is co-sponsored with the Manchester Mother’s Club, has become a cherished Manchester tradition. From the pre-view party, balloons, little bunny face-painting and refreshments at the Manchester Community Center, to the Egg Hunt and visit from the Easter Bunny at Masconomo Park, community members of all ages are welcome to enjoy the fun! 
Rockport Community Egg Hunt
Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 2 p.m.

Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway, 2:00 p.m.

The Rockport Division of the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 25th annual Community Egg Hunt for the children of Rockport at the Rockport Community House, 58 Broadway in Rockport. Please note the new, indoor location for this year's event, due to the lingering snow cover and wet conditions at the Elementary School and Millbrook Meadow. 

Preschool children will be grouped in one section, and children in kindergarten and grade one in another. In addition to assorted candies and chocolates, the event will also feature a number of special eggs to be redeemed for prizes and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

 Religious Services

Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 5, 2015 at 6:00 a.m. 
Good Harbor Beach footbridge
Cape Ann Clergy will be celebrating an ecumenical Easter sunrise service. We will be gathering near the footbridge side of Good Harbor beach. Everyone is invited to this time of worship and praise. Thank you, Rev. Cindy Antonuk for Cape Ann Clergy Association
Gloucester United Methodist
Gloucester United Methodist Church, Washington Street, Riverdale:
Holy Thursday Service, April 5 at 7 p.m. A foot washing ceremony; just as Jesus did for his disciples, will be offered during this service
Easter Sunrise Service, April 8. Gather at the concession stand at Good Harbor Beach at 6 a.m. and head down to the beach for the Sunrise Service at 6:12 a.m. All are welcome.
Easter Service, April 8, 9:30 a.m.
Holy Family Parish, Gloucester and Rockport
(St. Ann Church in Gloucester and St. Joachim Church in Rockport)
Wednesday, April 4, 9 a.m. Daily Mass at St. Joachim; 9:30-10:15 a.m. Confessions at St. Joachim; 6:30-8 p.m. Confessions at both churches
Holy Thursday (no 9 a.m. Mass) 7 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper, St. Ann. The Parish Hall remains open for prayer and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11 p.m. when there will be Night Prayer.
Good Friday, 9 a.m., both churches, Morning Prayer; 3 p.m. (St. Joachim) and 7 p.m. (St. Ann), Service of the Lord’s Passion & Communion
Holy Saturday, 9 a.m. Morning Prayer (both churches); 11 a.m. to noon, Confessions at both churches; 3-4 p.m., Confessions at St. Ann; 7:30 p.m. at St. Ann, Solemn Easter Vigil Mass (no Mass at 4 p.m.)
Easter Sunday Masses: 8 and 10:30 a.m. St. Ann Church; 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. St. Joachim Church. (No 6:30 p.m. Brazilian Mass)
St. Mary’s Episcopal, Rockport
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Broadway, Rockport:
Wednesday, April 4: 4 p.m. Children’s Stations of the Cross
Thursday, April 5: 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Service
Friday, April 6: 12 noon, Good Friday Liturgy of the Day
Saturday, April 7: 8 p.m., The Great Vigil of Easter
Sunday, April 8: 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. Easter Sunday Services
Rockport Baptist Church
As part of its Easter celebration the Rockport Baptist Church invites the Cape Ann community to the following events:
Maunday Thursday Tenebrae Service on Thursday, April 5 at 7 p.m.
Good Friday Prayer vigil from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, April 6
Sunrise service at the Rockport Headlands at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 8, and an Easter Service on Sunday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m.
For more information visit FirstBaptistRockport.Org or call 978-546-6121. The First Baptist Church is located at 4 High St., Rockport.
Good Friday at Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport
A Good Friday service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. The service addresses the dark side of life—Pain and loss; dying and death. “We are a community whose roots are in the Christian liberal tradition. While Jesus is not our Lord and Savior, his death and lasting influence on our culture are worthy of remembrance,” writes the Rev. Susan Moran. “The service will be filled with beautiful music and poetry, and time for reflection of our own losses.” All are welcome.
Essex Easter Sunrise Service
All are welcome to celebrate an Easter Sunrise service with the Essex churches on Easter Sunday morning, April 8, at 6:15 a.m. at Conomo Point. The service will be followed by an all community breakfast directly after the service at St. John’s Roman Catholic Church, Main Street in Essex. For details, call Rev. Art McDonald, First Unitarian Universalist Church of Essex, at 978-768-3690.
First Parish Church, Manchester
On the Town Green, Church St, Manchester, MA 01930
Palm Sunday, April 1, 10 a.m. worship. The sermon will be “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who Comes!” by the Rev. John Hughes. The Sunday School and Youth Choir will sing during worship.
Maundy Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m. Tenebrae of the Lights (traditional) with the Rev. John Hughes.
Easter Sunday, April 8, 10 a.m. “Trembling & Bewildered They said Nothing” by the Rev. John Hughes.
First Baptist Church, Manchester
First Baptist Church, 20 School St., Manchester, 978-526-4283.
Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, 6:30 p.m.
Community Good Friday Service at Sacred Heart Parishm 60 School St., 12 noon
Easter Sunrise Service at Singing Beach, 6:12 a.m.
Easter Breakfast at the American Legion Hall
Resurrection Celebration, 10:45 a.m.