A variety of religious and community events will take place in Tooele County this weekend to celebrate the Easter holiday.
At Mountain of Faith Lutheran in Tooele, a Good Friday service will be held March 29 at 7 p.m. The church is located at 560 S. Main St. Pastor Rick Ehrheart said the service, which is called Tenebrae, or service of the shadows, is a powerful service that tells the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.
“It’s all readings and music,” he said. “There’s no sermon. The whole idea is to prepare people for Easter. The lights gradually dim as the readings are being read and slowly go out. When we’re done, there’s no benediction. Everyone in the church leaves in darkness and silence. That gets us in the state of mind to receive the joy on Easter morning.”
On Easter Sunday, Mountain of Faith will host a community breakfast at 8:30 a.m. That will be followed with a worship service at 10 a.m. and an Easter egg hunt at 11:30 a.m.
“This year we will have three baptisms during our service,” Ehrheart said. “It’s very exciting. After worship, our Sunday School folks will put on an Easter egg hunt for everyone. Even the adults can participate.”
At First Lutheran Church, located at 349 N. Seventh Street, Tooele, Holy Week events will begin tonight with a Maunday Thursday service at 7 p.m.
Niccole Randle, who is a member of First Lutheran and is on the board of education, said the Maunday Thursday service symbolizes the last supper.
“We do communion, so you do have to be a confirmed member of the Lutheran Church to partake,” he said. “But the public is welcome to come and attend and listen to the sermon. We’re acknowledging the last supper and the last time Jesus was with his disciples.”
On March 29, the church will also host a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. The church’s Easter Sunday service will take place at 10 a.m. with a brunch and Easter egg hunt to follow at 11 a.m.
“On Easter Sunday we have Easter lilies and everything is white,” said Randle. “We’re happy and joyous. After our service there will be a brunch and an Easter egg hunt for the youth.”
At First Baptist Church, 580 S. Main St., Tooele, the congregation will celebrate Easter with a new celebration at 11 a.m. There will be a back and forth participation between the sermon and singing by the congregation as they move through Jesus’ life, death, resurrection and return. The community is invited to attend.
St. Marguerite Catholic Church’s Knights of Columbus will host their final fish fry for Lent on March 29 at 6 p.m. at St. Marguerite, 15 S. Seventh St., Tooele. The cost is $5 for a two-piece dinner or $7 for a three-piece dinner.
Besides religious services, many Easter community events will take place during the weekend.
In Tooele City, the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Easter egg hunt at Deseret Peak Complex.
Chelby Higgins, office assistant for the chamber, said for the first time, the chamber will host an egg hunt for children with special needs.
“The egg hunt for special needs is going to start at 10:30 a.m. and we’ll give them a half hour,” she said. “The next egg hunt will start at 11 a.m. and there will be a new one every 15 minutes until 11:45 a.m.”
At the event, egg hunts will be divided by age. Children up to age two will receive a goody bag, while children three and older will get to participate in their age group’s hunt.
“Last year we had over 3,000 kids, and this year, since Grantsville is doing their own [Easter egg hunt], we’re expecting about 2,000 kids,” Higgins said.
She added there will also be vendors at the Easter egg hunt, including everything from Scentsy and jewelry to Man Cave, a vendor that sells hamburgers and hot dogs.
Elsewhere in Tooele, a kid’s Easter party will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 1100 E. Vine St. Members are invited to bring their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the event.
Grantsville City will host an Easter egg hunt on March 30 at 11 a.m. at Grantsville City Park for children in sixth grade and younger. Egg hunts will be divided into age groups. For more information on the egg hunt, visit the event’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/events/225688370910504/.
In Stansbury Park, another Easter egg hunt will take place on March 30 at 10 a.m. at the Stansbury Park Clubhouse. Children up to age 11 are invited to participate. There will also be a fire truck, cotton candy, face painting and a balloon artist at the event. The Easter Bunny will also make an appearance to take pictures with attendees.