~ Submitted by First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
The 69th annual Easter Dawn Service at Fawn Lake will be held on Sunday, April 17, at 6:30 am on the shores of Fawn Lake, at the end of Sweetwater Avenue in Bedford.
While an independent service was held last year, 2022 marks the return of the traditional service format that went on hiatus in 2020 because of the coronavirus lockdown.
Lay representatives from five of Bedford’s churches—St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, First Parish on the Common (UUA), First Church of Christ (UCC), First Baptist Church, and St. Michael Parish—are organizing and will lead the service early on Easter morning. Music will be provided by Bedford bagpiper, Joanne Glover.
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. This year the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church is leading the organizational efforts.
Two of the service’s longest-serving volunteer organizers, Sally Sutherland of First Church of Christ Congregational, and Marion Bryan of First Baptist Church, have died since Easter, 2021. Each will be honored on Easter morning.
All are welcome to the service.
Attendees are also invited to an Easter continental breakfast following the service, from 7:15 am to 9:00 am at First Church of Christ (UCC), 25 Great Road.