Thanks to Bedford Television and modern teleconferencing software, the 69th annual Easter Dawn service will be available to viewers at home on Sunday morning.
Click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_-omcPNgB0 to watch the interdenominational service at your convenience, or watch Bedford TV on cable (Comcast 40 or Verizon 99) at 6:30 or 11 am on Sunday, April 12, 2020.
“Alleluia, Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!” proclaimed Dianne Bridgeman, this year’s organizer, who represented First Church of Christ, Congregational as the Zoom recording began.
Participants in the lay-led observance included Bob McClatchey and Julie Turner of First Parish, Unitarian Universalist; Deacon Glenn Smith of St. Michael Parish; Emily Mitchell of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, resident Jim Payne; Joe Zellner of First Baptist Church; Matt Bridgeman, John Bridgeman, and Allyson Printz of First Church of Christ Congregational; and the Simoneau Family Brass of St. Michael Parish.
About the Easter Dawn Service
The Easter Dawn Ecumenical Service was begun in 1951 by Doris and Reed Webber of the First Church of Christ, Congregational, along with Peg and Charlie Schwerin. After a few years in the center of Bedford, the service moved to the edge of Fawn Lake.
The service relies on lay leadership from participating Bedford congregations, and annual leadership rotates among them:
- 2021–The Parish of Saint Michael
- 2022–First Parish on the Common, UUA
- 2023–First Baptist Church
- 2024–St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
- 2025–First Church of Christ, UCC
If you would like to participate in planning or presenting future services, please tell your minister or priest that you want to join the Easter Dawn Service committee.