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Easter is nearly here, and area organizations and churches have events and church services planned to celebrate.

Egg hunt at park

The Hill Church in Bolivar is hosting an Easter egg hunt in Dunnegan Memorial Park at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

Prizes at the event will include a hoverboard, scooter and several small packaged gifts for small children, plus cash-stuffed eggs for teens.

In addition to the egg hunt, the church will have games, baby bunnies to snuggle, a prayer tent and more.

Everyone is welcome. 

Community sunrise service

Polk County churches are coming together again this year to hold an Easter sunrise service at the Historic Bolivar Speedway. Everyone is invited to attend this interdenominational celebration on Sunday, April 17. Gates will open at 5:30 a.m., and the service will start at 6:30, weather permitting.

The 30-minute service will consist of prayer, worship and a brief message. This year, the event will be in-person only. There will not be a radio broadcast, so the only way to hear the service will be to sit in the stands. Seating is free and open.

The speedway is located at 4829 S. 133rd Road, Bolivar.

Mt. Gilead UMC

Mt. Gilead UMC will host an "Almost Sunrise" Easter service at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 17.

Breakfast will be served immediately after the service.

The church is located at 1457 E. 464th Road, Bolivar.

All are welcome!

Aldrich UMC

Aldrich United Methodist Church’s Good Friday service will be at 7 p.m. Friday, April 15. Easter worship will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, April 17, with breakfast, an Easter egg hunt and breaking the Easter egg pinata following. 

The church is located 2 miles south of Aldrich on Mo. 123.

Open Hearts UMC

The Connection will host an Easter worship service at 5 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at 629 N. Springfield Ave. 

Open Hearts United Methodist Church will also hold two Easter services Sunday, April 17. One will be at 8:30 a.m., and the other will be at 10:45 a.m. An Easter breakfast will be served from 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

The church is at 105 E. Division St. in Bolivar. For more information, call 417-326-4885.

New Hope Church of God

New Hope Church of God will host their Easter morning service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 17, at Dunnegan Memorial Park, Pavilion No. 1, the first one on the left as you enter the park. There will be a potluck dinner after the service. 

In case of bad weather, the Easter service will be held at the Polk County Senior Center, 1850 W. Broadway Ave., next to Meeks. 

Invite a friend, all are welcome. For more information. call 417-327-9112. New Hope Church of God is located at 1850 W. Broadway, Bolivar.

The Heights Church

The Heights Church, located at 4787 S. 135th Road in Bolivar, will be hosting an egg hunt between each Easter service on Sunday, April 17. They will be having special service times to allow for the activities after each service. 

Service times are 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. with a hunt after each service. There will also be bounce houses for fun along with the egg hunts. Everyone is welcome to join in the special Easter activities. For more information, call 417-501-7332.

‘Find the bunny’ with Bolivar Rec Center

The Bolivar Recreation and Aquatic Center is hosting an Easter Bunny event the week of Easter. 

The center is hiding the Easter Bunny at Dunnegan Memorial Park from Monday, April 11, through Sunday, April 17. 

The center is asking the community to head to the park, find the bunny, snap a selfie and send it to the Bolivar Recreation and Aquatic Center Facebook page. 

The pictures will be posted to the page from Monday, April 18, to Wednesday, April 20. The poster of the photo with the most “likes” will win an Easter basket full of goodies. 

For more information, call the center at 417-777-1215.      

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