19th annual Capri Easter service under the big top March 27

Ann Hall

One of the most beautiful and inspiring gatherings of the year is the annual Easter service held on the Isles of Capri under a big tent on the Business Isle.

Capri Christian Church’s Easter under the big top draws a full house of residents, visitors, families and friends. This year 1,200 are expected to participate.

Pastor Curt Ayers of Capri Christian Church initiated the service 19 years ago, and said he looks forward to it each year. This year, the service will be held on Easter Sunday, March 27, at 10:30 a.m.

Families and friends gather from near and far to join the nearly always full-house number of attendees.

“We are anticipating a record number 1,200 this year,” said Ayers.

Comments from guests who have attended in the past were that Ayers’ message is always “relevant, down-to-earth, inspiring, and geared to all ages.”

Organizers expect 1,200 to attend the Capri Easter Sunday service under the big top.

Steve Dawes, music pastor, is working with a talented and dedicated choir and group of accomplished musicians to provide musical selections that will offer a triumphant tribute to the message of the resurrection of Jesus. Selections will offer a blend of contemporary and traditional styles. Invited to join the music celebration this year will be Zack Shelton and the musical group, 64 to Grayson.

Mary Williamson has commissioned her helpers to prepare the communion bread and juice that will be offered to all who choose to participate in the Lord’s Supper portion of the program.

Youth pastor Tim Gardiner helps Capri’s young children find Easter eggs in the annual after-service egg hunt.

There never is an offering requested, and no pressure is placed on attendees to become members of the church.

“The service is meant to offer people a chance to come together and worship with other believers, and for those who don’t know Jesus, it is a time for them to meet Him,” said Ayers. “I am in hopes that this years’ service will inspire all to know Jesus on a more personal basis. Come and bring at least three friends with you; you will be glad you did.”

Chocolate chip cookies

The crowd is always encouraged to linger and enjoy a chocolate chip cookie and bottle of water together as they meet and greet one another after the service.

Again year, as was initiated in 2015, Tim Gardiner, youth pastor, has planned for another egg hunt for the children. The Easter Bunny will also make his annual appearance.

Contact Ann Hall at ahall7911@coconuttele.net

More information

Capri Christian Church, 111 E. Hilo on the Isles of Capri, is a non-denominational independent non-profit organization. It is Bible-based, and known for its friendliness. The church had its beginning with a small group of 11 who met in individual residences. As it grew, services were held in the Capri Community Center, and finally after outgrowing the center, members purchased land on Capri and built the church’s own sanctuary.

An addition to the church was made in 2000, which added classrooms and a social hall. The church has recently expanded and renovated its sanctuary to accommodate the continued increase in attendance. It acquired three additional lots to provide the additional parking spaces necessary to support the added membership and visitors.

All are welcome regardless of church affiliation, race or nationality.