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Neighbors in Religion: Churchgoers relive past Easters watching their kids

Bea L. Hines
Bea L. Hines

For nearly 70 years, the Bible classes at The Church of God Tabernacle at 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City has presented the story of Easter in a pageant, as told through the eyes of children.

Older church members who participated as children are now watching their grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in the Easter pageant.

“It’s wonderful tradition,” said Bishop Walter H. Richardson, who celebrates his 51st year as church pastor on April 23.

“I was a Bible class teacher back in the day and I always enjoyed seeing the children participate in these programs. Our children learn early how to speak before an audience. But the best part about these kinds of pageants, is that the children also learn something about the Lord,” he said. “It is always wonderful to look out into the congregation and see the smiles on the parents and grandparents faces. I can imagine they are probably remembering the times when they stood in their children’s place.”

The pageant is free and will be 10 a.m. Easter Sunday. The community is invited.


Holy Week services at the Assumption of BVM Ukrainian Catholic Church at 39 NW 57th Ct. will include a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m., March 24, with the reading of the 12 Passion Gospels.

At 6 p.m. on Holy Friday, the service will include the Exposition and Veneration of the Shroud.

Holy Saturday service will include the Easter Vigil vespers with the Liturgy of St. Basil the Great at 5 p.m.

At 8 a.m. Easter, the service will include the Resurrection of Our Lord — Resurrection Matins, Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom and the blessing of Easter baskets.

The Rev. Andrii Romankiv is pastor of the church.


Easter services at several South Dade United Methodist churches will be as follows:

A Sunrise services will be 7 a.m. at Silver Palm United Methodist Church, 15855 SW 248th St., followed by a pancake breakfast. The regular Easter service will be at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary, followed by an Easter egg hunt.

At First UMC of Homestead, there will be a 7 a.m. sunrise service, followed by an Easter egg hunt and brunch. The worship service will follow at 10 a.m. The church is at 622 N. Krome Ave. in Homestead.

At Redland UMC, Easter begins with an ice cream breakfast at 8:15 a.m. at the church, 18700 SW 248th St. in Redland. Easter worship service will follow at 9 a.m.


“The Road to Easter” at Christ the King Lutheran Church continues on Resurrection Day on Sunday with the theme, “The Road to New Life.”

The day begins at 6:30 a.m. with the annual sunrise service. At 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., there will be services in the sanctuary with choir and brass at the church, 11295 SW 57th Ave. Everyone is invited. The Rev. Kathryn H. Carroll is the pastor.


Palm Springs United Methodist Church and Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida have teamed to bring to the community a live “Healthy Eco Family Fair” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church, 5700 W. 12th Ave. in Hialeah.

The fair will have free health screenings, yoga and community resource booths.

There will also be eco fun games for the children, games, recycling art, crafts and a bounce house.

The event will also have door prizes, which will include gift certificates and a new bicycle. Hot dogs, drinks, brownies and whole food items will be on sale for lunch.

For more information, call Eva Prada at 305-821-3232.


The film series Triumph Over Tragedy: Remarkable Stories of Jewish Survival will be presented at 7:30 p.m. March 26, April 30 and May 21 at Temple Bet Breira Samu-el Or Olom, 9400 SW 97th Ave.

The film series is a part of the synagogue’s Saturday Night Learning (SNL) program. The inspiring films show how some Jews survived World War II with the help of righteous groups and individuals who put their own lives at risk to do the right thing.

The cost is $10 per person and includes refreshments. for reservations and more information contact the synagogue office at 305-595-1500.


You are asked to join the Lauren’s Kids 2016 Walk in My Shoes walk, which begins 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie. There will be stops along the way at the Dania Beach City Hall, Hollywood City Hall, and Hallandale Beach City Hall.

The walk will then head east and south into Miami-Dade County, ending at Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School at approximately 4:30 p.m. Following the 17.5 mile walk, a Buddy Bash will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the school, 1410 County Line Rd. in Miami .

This is the seventh, statewide walk for the Walk in My Shoes walk, which, when completed on Saturday, will have covered some 1,500 miles. The walk started in the Panhandle this year and is held to raise awareness and provide education in the fight to prevent childhood sexual abuse.

If you can’t walk, bring your family and friends and join the walkers at the Buddy Bash which celebrates the end the seventh, 1,500-mile statewide walk.

For more information, call 305-935-1866.


The Inner City Youth Enrichment Camp (ICYEC) invites the community to its third annual Stop the Violence and Bring the Peace event to be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Olinda Park, 2101 NW 51st St. in Miami.

Presented by Krush Velvet and Co., the event is held annually as an effort to bring awareness to the issues of violence that affects everyone in the community.

Alfred Berry Jr., president and CEO of Krush Velvet, said: “Last year more than 1,000 people attended the rally. This year we have prepared for more. ... The free event is designed to bring awareness of the overwhelming amount of violence that continuously plague the streets of Miami-Dade County,” Berry said.

In addition to speakers Berry said the families who have been victimized by crime and violence have been invited. “We want to assure them that they are not in this alone, and also to remind everyone that we are grieving as a community.”

The event will include a basketball tournament, entertainment and free food.

For more information, call Berry at 786-217-2963.

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