Easter Week or Holy Week (as it’s known in the Church) is my favorite week of the year. As a Christian, I relish the time to take a step back from the chaos of life and remember what Jesus did for me, culminating with the celebration of His resurrection on Easter Day. Plus it’s a beautiful time of the year to see the world come back to life after winter!
Whether you are a Christian or not, here are 5 amazing ways you can celebrate Easter this year in OKC! In the order that these events are happening, the first one is with…
1. Engaging Easter Music: Saviour Production
Incorporating more than 150 voices, a 50-piece orchestra, and 18 dancers, Crossings Community Church’s production Saviour will tell the story of the Bible from beginning to finish in the format of a modern-day oratorio.
An oratorio is a large-scale work that expresses a text, usually Biblical, using vocal and instrumental music. The most famous oratorio is likely Handel’s Messiah. (Think Hallelujah Chorus!) This oratorio at Crossings will have a contemporary musical twist within the classical format.
Saviour will feature Oklahoman Christian recording artist and 5-time Grammy winner Sandi Patty and guest artists Veritas. The five-voice-strong male group Veritas‘ versatile background in opera, musical theater, rock and gospel has given them the opportunity to sing in places like the prestigious Carnegie Hall in NYC to cruise ships in the Caribbean.
Joining them will be dancers from Ad Deum Dance Company of Houston, Texas and Arrows International of Oklahoma, alongside Crossings’ very own choir and orchestra.
This impressive performance is already sold out for its Saturday performance on Apr. 13. So get your tickets soon for the Palm Sunday, Apr. 14 performance at 6PM!
(Tickets are free, but you do need them to reserve your seat.)
2. Extraordinary Encounter: Good Friday Multi-Sensory Experience
My church, Henderson Hills Baptist in Edmond, will offer a unique Good Friday experience from 7AM-7PM on Friday, April 19. This multi-sensory experience allows visitors to touch, taste, hear, smell, and see elements related to the different events leading up to Jesus’ death.
You can come anytime during the day and take as long as you want to go through the different stations. (Most people take about 30 minutes to an hour.) It is family-friendly, with booklets written for adults and kids to guide you through the sanctuary. The guide book for adults is available in English, Spanish, and Korean.
In addition, the church is providing childcare for kids under 2 years old from 3:30-5:30PM.
I have to admit this annual event is my favorite thing that my church offers all year – a very special meaningful time! People of all backgrounds are welcome.
3. Epic Easter Egg Hunt: Easter Land
Since ancient times, eggs have been a symbol of new life and rebirth. For Christians, eggs are associated with Easter because that is when they celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. For others, eggs are representative of spring. Today kids of all backgrounds enjoy hunting for the colorful eggs.
OKC has a plethora of Easter egg hunts occurring across the metro, such as the Easter Hunt 5K at the Stars and Stripes Park in OKC (races with egg hunts incorporated!), the Eggstravaganza at the Mustang Town Center, Moore’s Easter Egg Scramble, and the Easter Eggstravaganza at Orr Family Farm.
But one Easter Egg hunt that sounds particularly promising is Easter Land at People’s Church. This event is not just your average egg hunt, but a theme park, complete with carnival rides, petting zoo, and, of course, over 35,000 eggs.
Kids are guaranteed at least one free bag of candy. (I think that’s nice, since I always feel sorry for the children that are not as fast!) Admission to the theme park is free, too!
Passes to the theme park are given after kids have the opportunity to learn about the story of Jesus in a fun classroom setting. Easter Land is intended for kids up to 5th grade, but older kids and parents can attend worship services during the class. Afterwards, parents can pick up their kids from class and attend the theme park with them.
People’s Church Location and Service Times (Easter Land opens after each service):
OKC Location (800 E Britton Rd., OKC, OK 73114): Sat., Apr. 20: 3 and 4:30PM, Sun., Apr. 21: 9AM, 10:30AM, 12pm, 1:30PM
NW OKC Location (8512 Northwest Expressway, OKC, OK 73162): Sat., Apr. 20: 3:30PM, 5PM, Sun., Apr. 21, 10AM, 11:30AM
Midwest City (351 N. Air Depot Blvd, Midwest City, OK 73110):Sat., Apr. 20: 3:30PM, 5PM, Sun., Apr. 21: 10AM, 11:30AM, 1PM
4. Encouraging Easter Sunday Services
If you don’t have a church home and are looking for a place to worship this Easter, here is just a small selection of the many great churches in the OKC metro offering special Easter services! I chose these 5 because I personally know that they’re visitor-friendly and include locations across the metro, but I realize I’m leaving many other fantastic places out!
|City Pres||OKC||Sun., Apr. 21: 9, 11AM, 2PM|
|Crossings Community Church*||OKC||Sat., Apr. 20: |
Sanctuary – 5:00PM
Venue – 6:00PM
Chapel – 7PM
Sun., Apr. 21:
Chapel – 8:15AM, 10AM,
Sanctuary – 9:15AM, 10:45AM
Venue – 9:15AM, 10:45AM
|Edmond||Sat., Apr. 20: Venue – 5PM |
Sun., Apr. 21: Venue – 9:30, 11 AM
|Frontline||Downtown OKC||Sun., Apr. 21: 7:30, 9, 11AM, 6PM|
|Shawnee||Sun., Apr. 21: 9AM, 11AM|
|South OKC||Sun., Apr. 21, 9AM, 11AM|
|Edmond||Sun., Apr. 21 9AM, 11AM, 1PM|
Hills Baptist Church
|Edmond||Sun., Apr. 21: 9AM, 10:45AM, 5PM|
|Life Church**||OKC||Fri., Apr. 19: 5:30PM and 7PM |
Sat., Apr. 20: 2:30, 4:00, 5:30PM
Sun, Apr. 21: 8:30, 10, 11:30AM, 1, 4, 5:30PM
|NW OKC||Fri., Apr. 19: 5:30, 7PM |
Sat., Apr. 20: 4, 5:30PM
Sun., Apr. 21: 8:30, 10, 11:30AM, 1PM, 4PM
|South OKC||Fri., Apr. 19: 7PM |
Sat., Apr. 20: 4, 5:30PM
Sun., Apr. 21: 8:30, 10, 11:30AM, 1PM
|Norman||Fri., Apr. 19: 5:30, 7PM |
Sun., Apr. 21: 8:30, 10, 11:30AM, 1PM
*Crossings has 3 styles of worship services. You’ll find contemporary music at the Venue, orchestral and choral music with a praise team at the Sanctuary and traditional hymns at the Chapel.
**This is not an exhaustive list of Life Church’s Oklahoma locations. Look at their websites for more locations in your area.
5. Excellent Easter Lunch: Petroleum Club Buffet at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
If you want to celebrate Easter with a nice meal, but don’t relish cooking, then get a reservation to the OKC Petroleum Club’s special Easter buffet! It will be hosted at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum from 11AM-2PM on Easter (April 21, 2019).
The buffet includes six different choices of meat, including lamb, ham, turkey, pork, chicken, and salmon. You can see the full menu on the Museum’s website. Sounds delicious!
Adults can eat for $36 (including tax and tip), while kids ages 5-10 are $18. Kids under 4 are free.
Museum admission is included with your meal! (And the museum is well worth visiting, with its fantastic Western art and cowboy exhibits. You can even walk through a replica of a Western town at the turn of the twentieth century!)
Make reservations for lunch by calling the Petroleum Club at (405) 232-1184.
Happy Easter, OKC!