An Easter tradition: Sunrise service on the beach

Jill Yris
Special to the Eagle

The 29th annual Easter sunrise service on the beach will be held starting at 7 a.m., Sunday, April 16, on the beach at the JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, 400 S. Collier Blvd.

Rev. Kirk Dreiser, Wesley United Methodist Church, will lead the opening prayer; Rev. Lucas Tanner, Reformed University Fellowship at Florida Gulf Coast University will lead the prayer prior to the preaching of the Word and Rev. Thomas McCulley, New Life Community Church, will lead the closing moments and prayer.

Drone view of the 2016 Marco Island Sunrise Easter Service.

The Rev. Dr. Steven Schoof, senior pastor at Marco Presbyterian Church, will give the Easter message titled, “One Word Answers All the Questions.”

Music for the service will include a quartet with Dick Bell, John Hengeveld, Harvey Kruithof and Alan Sandlin; flutist Sandy Stein, a member of Flute Cocktail and the Naples Concert Band, along with pianist John Stein, music director at Marco Presbyterian.

Beginning 29 years ago with 240 people, the event is now the largest, one-hour event on the island with last year’s attendance estimated to be 10,000.

Beach access is north of the Marriott Spa and the public access path north of Madeira. The Marco Police and volunteers will direct traffic and assist with parking, including double parking along Collier Boulevard. Additionally, the Resident’s Beach parking lot will open at 6 a.m. for member parking. Dress is casual; bring your own blanket or chair. Musical prelude begins at 6:45 a.m.

Easter quartet, from left, John Hengeveld, Harvey Kruithof, Dick Bell, John Stein on piano and Alan Sandlin.

For information call Marco Presbyterian Church at 239-394-8186.