The Christian celebration of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday, is the most important Christian Holiday of the year, celebrating the death and coming back to life of Jesus Christ, thereby conquering death and evil for all eternity through the Holy Spirit power of God's love .
Sunday April 1 Christian Churches all over the world, and in Santa Cruz, welcome anyone to join their special services to celebrate Christ's resurrection-- the core belief of Christianity.
We welcome internationals students and scholars to join any of the following suggested church services, with your ISI friends or on your own.
March 30, Good Friday
5 & 7 p.m. Twin Lakes Church
Saturday March 31
4 & 6 p.m. Twin Lakes Church
Sunday April 1
7:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at Santa Cruz Lighthouse
West Cliff Drive
sponsored by Santa Cruz Bible Church
9:30 & 11 a.m. High St. Community Church
8:30, 10, 11:30 a.m.Twin Lakes Church
10:30 a.m. Service at Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, 307 Church st. by Vintage Faith Church
8:30, 9:30, 11:15 Fifth Home of Christ, Mandarin speaking, Cupertino
Easter also has many fun traditions, such as Easter Egg Hunts, where the Easter Bunny magically leaves colored eggs and candy around the yard for children to find, and a special Easter Basket of candy for each child. These traditions don't come specifically from Christianity, but from general celebrations of New Life in the springtime, and other general spring themes of baby animals and flowers. Christians can also take these symbols of physical birth, such as the egg, to be spiritual symbols of our new spiritual life through Christ, and often call those who make a decision to accept this spiritual connection with God through Christ as Born Again Christians.
So we hope you enjoy celebrating Springtime and Easter and the renewal of our spiritual and physical life and love no matter where you are.
Happy Easter and Happy Springtime to you!