ELKINS – Many area churches will celebrate one of the most important religious holidays of the year – Easter – with special services this weekend.

– The First Baptist Church in Elkins will conduct a Sunshine Service at 8 a.m. on Sunday in Elkins City Park at the large pavilion. Following the service, an early breakfast will be served.

At 10:45 a.m., Rev. Dr. Martin L. Parli will present his sermon, “Alive Again for the First Time.”

“It will focus on how the resurrection pertains to us,” he said. “It will have great praise and worshop. We have a worship band and a choir that will perform. We are going to rock. It is going to be a great worship service.”

The First Baptist Church is located at 412 Randolph Ave. For more information, visit or find the church on Facebook.

– Pastor Terry Burgess, with the Church of the Nazarene in Elkins, will focus his Easter service on “The Grace of the Cross.”

“There is no better example of God’s love than his grace for us on the cross,” Burgess said.

The sunrise service will begin at 7 a.m. with Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and a morning worship will be offered at 10:45 a.m. For more information, visit

– Senior Pastor Peter Vial said the Davis Memorial Presbyterian services will be led by Pastor Kevin Starcher.

“We are baptizing one young man and accepting several young people into the church family,” Vial said. “He (Starcher) will be focusing on the


The services will feature a brass ensemble led by J.D. Stout.

“Come out and celebrate the resurrection.” Vial said. “If someone has any questions or doubts, come out and seek answers.”

Services will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The church is located at 450 Randolph Ave. in Elkins. For more information, visit

– The Elkins Family Worshop Center will feature a three-part Easter Sermon Series by Pastor Jamie Estep.

The first part of “Faces in the Crowd” will be presented on Sunday at 9 a.m., and the second sermon will begin at 11 a.m. The series will continue on April 27 at 11 a.m.

The church is located at 1402 Taylor Ave. in Elkins. For more information, visit

– St. Brendan Catholic Church in Elkins and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Coalton have many services scheduled for the Easter


An Easter Vigil is set for 9 p.m. today, with Easter Mass on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s and 11 a.m. at St. Brendan.

“This is the most sacred time of the year for Catholics,” Deacon Raymond Godwin said. “We reflect on the resurrection, how Jesus Christ died for our sins. It’s the highlight of our year.”

– Highland Park Methodist Church in Elkins, Mercy Chapel in Montrose and Orlena United Methodist Church in Gilman are planning special services for Easter as well, Pastor David Fisher said.

Mercy Chapel has an Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for 1 p.m. today. Worship services begin Sunday at 9 a.m. in Highland Park Methodist Church, 10 a.m. at Mercy Chapel and 11 a.m. at Orlena United Methodist Church.

“Our services are going to be centered around the cross and the resurrection,” Fisher said. “Orlena is holding a presentation of the resurrection.

“There’s a baptism and holy communion at Highland. Mercy Chapel is holding an Easter resurrection as well. People of all ages are welcome to join us for all services.”

– Mill Creek United Methodist Church is working with Valley Chapel United Methodist Church, in Becky’s Creek, and Jerusalem United Methodist Church, located near Mill Creek, again this year.

Mill Creek UM Church held a Holy Thursday Service this week, and Valley Chapel UM Church held a Good Friday Service. The Easter Sunrise Service is scheduled for 6:30 a.m. at Jerusalem UM Church.

“Last year we had a full house,” said Rev. Harold A. Langevin, Jr. “This year we are gathering outside and lighting candles and bringing them into the darkened sanctuary. We are encouraging people to take this time to reflect on the events of Jesus’ life and to reflect on their experience.”

The city of Elkins will host its Easter Egg Hunt at 10 a.m. today in Glendale Park.