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Eagle County’s Easter church services and egg hunts

Sarah Mausolf
Vail CO, Colorado
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EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” At dawn on Easter, Melinda Carlson will grab her keyboard, ride the gondola to the top of Vail Mountain and worship.

She’s among roughly 500 people expected to flock to the sunrise service at Eagle’s Nest.

Worshippers will gather in a building overlooking the Gore Range, then step outside to sing “How Great Thou Art.” Sometimes, the sunrise is so bright, congregation members slip on their shades.

Carlson, band leader and worship pastor for Trinity Church, said the mountaintop service has going on for at least 16 years.

“It’s happened so long here that if you’re much of a local and you are a believer, it’s a tradition for a lot of people,” she said.

Another tradition come Easter is the annual egg hunts taking place throughout the valley. Hoardes of children will line up, a sea of brightly colored eggs spread before them, and wait for the word “Go.”

For those families searching for something unique in the way of Easter egg hunts, check out the Eggquatics Easter Egg Hunt at the Gypsum Rec Center where children will dive in the center’s pool to pluck a myriad of eggs from the bottom.

Here’s a sampling of Easter services on and off the mountain, as well as a listing of Easter egg hunts throughout the valley.

Vail

Vail Religious Foundation

Service details: Ecumenical sunrise service, a combination of Christian faiths

When: 6 a.m. Sunday

Location: Eagle’s Nest, inside the building

Getting there: Ride the Lionshead gondola. The free gondola opens at 4:30 a.m. for foot traffic. No ski equipment.

More information: Call Trinity Church at 926-1759

Alpine Resort Ministries

Service details: Regular mountaintop worship

When: 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Locations: Outdoors at Mid-Vail, Eagle’s Nest, Two Elk Lodge

Getting there: For Mid-Vail, ride the Vista Bahn lift beginning in Vail Village; for Eagle’s Nest, ride the Lionshead gondola; For Two Elks, take the Vista Bahn lift, then take chair 4 Mountaintop Express, then ski down the Timberline catwalk, and take chair 14 Sourdough Express Lift. Lift tickets required for these services.

More information: Call Trinity Church at 926-1759

Vail Religious Foundation

Service details: Ecumenical worship service, a combination of Christian faiths

When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday

Location: Eagle’s Nest, inside the building

Getting there: Ride the Lionshead gondola. Foot passengers are free; skiers need a lift ticket.

More information: Call Trinity church at 926-1759

Beaver Creek

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church and Covenant Presbyterian Chapels at Vail and Beaver Creek

Service details: A Lutheran and Presbyterian service with band performance and holy communion.

When: 6 a.m. Sunday

Location: Spruce Saddle

Getting there: Take the Centennial lift; Walkers can ride the lift for free beginning at 5:15 a.m. No ski equipment.

More information: Call Kim Law at 476-6610

Alpine Resort Ministries

Service details: Regular mountaintop worship

When: 12:30 p.m. Sunday

Locations: Spruce Saddle

Getting there: Ride the Centennial lift. Lift ticket required.

More information: Call Trinity Church at 926-1759

Vail

St. Patrick’s Parish

Service details: Catholic vigil and Easter mass

When: 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Saturday

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

More information: Call 477-0378

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Candlelit vigil and Festival Eucharist

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

More information: Call 476-0618

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Festival Eucharist

When: 8 a.m. Sunday

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

More information: Call 476-0618

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Service details: traditional worship with holy communion

When: 9:30 p.m. Sunday

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

More information: Call 476-6610

Covenant Presbyterian Chapels at Vail and Beaver Creek

Service details: Family service

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

More information: Call 477-0383

St. Patrick’s Parish

Service details: Catholic mass

When: 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

More information: Call 477-0378

Trinity Church

Service details: Baptist service

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Location: Vail Interfaith Chapel, 19 Vail Road

More information: Call 926-1759

Minturn

St. Patrick’s Parish Church

Service details: Easter vigil

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Location: St. Patrick’s Parish Church, 476 Pine St.

More information: Call 477-0378

St. Patrick’s Parish Church

Service details: Catholic mass

When: 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Location: St. Patrick’s Parish Church, 476 Pine St.

More information: Call 477-0378

Avon

The Vail Church

Service details: Easter worship

When: 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday

Location: The Vail Church, 39209 Highway 6

More information: Call 949-6585

Eagle River Presbyterian Church

Service details: regular worship service

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday service followed by 10:30 a.m. potluck and Easter egg hunt for children.

Location: 455 Nottingham Ranch Road, Avon

More information: Call 748-0040

Beaver Creek

Covenant Presbyterian Chapels at Vail and Beaver Creek

Service details: family service

When: 8 a.m. Sunday

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

More information: Call 477-0383

Trinity Church

Service details: Baptist service

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

More information: Call 926-1759

Mount of the Holy Cross Lutheran

Service Details: traditional worship with holy communion

When: 11:30 a.m. Sunday

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

More information: Call 476-6610

St. Clare of Assisi

Service details: Catholic mass

When: 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

More information: Call 926-2821

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Festival Eucharist

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Location: The Chapel at Beaver Creek, 33 Elk Track Road

More information: Call 476-0618

Edwards

St. Clare of Assisi

Service details: Candlelight vigil in Spanish

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Location: St. Clare of Assisi, 31622 Highway 6, Edwards

More information: Call 926-2821

St. Clare of Assisi

Service details: Various services

When: 8 a.m. Sunday English mass; 7 p.m. Spanish mass

Location: St. Clare of Assisi, 31622 Highway 6, Edwards

More information: Call 926-2821

Gracious Savior Lutheran Church

Service details: praise and worship

When: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday with brunch after each service

Location: 33520 U.S. Hwy 6, Edwards

More information: Call 926-3550

Calvary Chapel Vail Valley

Service details: Non-denominational service

When: 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon and 7 p.m. Sunday

Location: Berry Creek Middle School, 1000 Miller Ranch Road

More information: Call 748-1103

The Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration

Service details: Episcopal Festival Eucharist

When: 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Location: St. Clare of Assisi, 31622 Highway 6, Edwards

More information: Call 476-0618

Trinity Church

Service details: Baptist service

When: 11 a.m. Sunday

Location: Trinity Edwards Chapel, 90 Lariat Loop

More information: Call 926-1759

Gypsum

United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley

Service details: traditional service

When: 9 a.m. Sunday

Location: United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley, 118 Eagle St.

More information: Call 328-6598

First Lutheran Church

Service details: Easter service of Holy communion

When: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday; Easter brunch at 10 a.m.

Location: 400 2nd Street (corner of Eagle and Second streets)

More information: Call 524-7919

Eagle

Mountain Valley Lutheran Church

Service details: traditional service

When: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday; brunch served between services, Easter egg hunt following the 10:30 service

Location: 802 Brush Creek Terrace

More information: Call 328-6718

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Service details: Traditional mass

When: 8:30 a.m. Sunday mass in English; 10:30 a.m. bilingual mass

Location: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 215 Capitol St., Eagle

More information: Call 926-2821

United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley

Service details: traditional services

When: 9:45 a.m. Sunday school; 11 a.m. service Sunday

Location: United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley, 138 Howard St., Eagle

More information: Call 328-6598

Gypsum

Gypsum Recreation Center Eggquatics Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Gypsum Rec Center swimming pool, 52 Lundgren Boulevard, Gypsum

When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to noon

Details: Event is free with daily admission. Maximum age is 10 and hunt will be organized by age groups. Call for schedule.

More information: Call 777-8888

Gypsum Town Hall Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Gypsum Town Hall, 50 Lundgren Boulevard

When: Saturday, children’s activities begin at 9:15 a.m. and run until 11:30 a.m. The egg hunt begins at 10 a.m.

Details: Parking is tight, plan on parking at Eagle Valley High School and walking over. Children’s activities include bouncy houses, arts and crafts, games and an Easter bunny.

More information: Call 524-7514

Eagle

United Methodist Church of Eagle Valley Easter Egg Hunt

Location: 138 Howard St., Eagle

When: Sunday, hunt follows 11 a.m. church service

More information: Call 328-6598

Edwards

Gracious Savior Lutheran Church Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Gracious Savior Church, 33520 U.S. Hwy 6, Edwards

When: Sunday, 9:45 a.m.

More information: Call 926-3550

Avon

Town of Avon Egg Hunt

Location: Nottingham Park, Avon

When: Saturday, 10 a.m.

Details: Event is for children 9 and under. There’s also an appearance by the Avon bunny, mural coloring, sand art photo frame making, fuse bead crafts, a jelly bean guessing contest, petting zoo, bouncy houses and over 10,000 eggs.

More information: Call 748-4060

Unity of the Mountains Church concert with Jan Garrett and J.D. Martin

Location: Avon Public Library community roomo

When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

Details: Garrett and Martin are independent, award-winning singer/songwriters.

More information: Call 845-0599

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek Eggstravaganza

Location: Creekside Park, located between The Charter and the Creekside Lodge in Beaver Creek

When: Saturday, 10:30 a.m.

Details: Kids ages 12 and under can hunt for candy-filled eggs.

More information: Call 845-9090

Vail

Vail Recreation District annual Easter Egg Hunt

Location: Lionshead Plaza in Lionshead

When: Saturday, 9:45 a.m. visit with the Easter bunny, 10 a.m. easter egg hunt.

Details: Free event for children ages 2 to 10 and their families.

More information: Call 479-2292

High Life writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 748-2938 or smausolf@vaildaily.com. High Life Editor Caramie Schnell contributed to this story.


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