70th Annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake

The 70th annual Easter Dawn Service, an ecumenical, lay-led worship service, will be held on Sunday, April 4, between 6:30 and 10 am. Individuals and households are invited to come to the shores of Fawn Lake, at the end of Sweetwater Avenue in Bedford, at their own time and pace on Easter Sunday for private meditation, prayer, and worship.

The planning committee has prepared a bulletin with readings, Scripture, prayers, and a link to musical selections for worshippers to read and listen to. Hard copies of the bulletin will be available at Fawn Lake on Easter morning. The bulletin will also be hosted on the website of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, https://www.stpaulsbedford.org/easter-dawn-service-2021/.

To access the musical selections, worshippers can either scan the QR code in the paper bulletin, or type in the URL above in their smartphone browser (short version: https://tinyurl.com/wtwdkyry).

Individuals and household groups will be expected to wear masks and maintain appropriate physical distance from other groups while at Fawn Lake. We also request the use of headphones to listen to the musical selections. As the grass on the hillside may not be fully recovered after last year’s dredging project, we recommend appropriate footwear as well.

The ecumenical Easter Dawn service began in 1951 under the inspiration and direction of Doris (“Mickey”) and Reed Webber of the First Church of Christ (UCC). For most of its history, the service has relied on lay leadership from participating Bedford congregations. The Easter Dawn planning committee includes laypeople from St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, First Church of Christ (UCC), St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church, and First Parish Unitarian Universalist.

The planning committee is grateful to the Bedford Health and Human Services Department and the Department of Public Works for their advice and assistance in helping us maintain Bedford’s Easter Dawn tradition at Fawn Lake in a safe and thoughtful way.

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