Find Easter services, egg hunts in York County
Along with Groundhog Day and fastnachts, we can thank the Pennsylvania Dutch for another tradition: The Easter bunny.
According to History.com, the German immigrants who settled Pennsylvania brought with them a tale of a hare that could lay eggs, and their children made nests where the colored eggs would appear on Easter morning.
Fast forward to 2015, when the Easter bunny leaves baskets for children, but they can also run out and find their own eggs, many of them plastic and filled with candy or toys, at Easter egg hunts all across York County.
Grab your baskets and start searching.
•York City's 40th annual Easter egg hunt will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kiwanis Lake. Children ages 1-8 are invited to join in the hunt for candy-filled eggs in hopes of finding a prize egg. The York Rescue Mission will provide arts and crafts, games and free hot dogs. Rain date is 3 p.m. Sunday.
•Steam Into History will have a special Fun Bunny Run for the next two weekends. During a one-hour train ride from New Freedom to Glen Rock, the Easter bunny will make an appearance. The ride also features an egg hunt on the return trip,. Schedule: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and April 3 and 4. Tickets: $19 adults, $9 children 3-13, under 3 free. Information: steamintohistory.com.
•The Youth Group at Christ Lutheran Church, 105 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, will host its annual pancake breakfast and Easter egg hunt, 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday. Three free hunts will be held at 9, 9:30 and 10 a.m. Breakfast: $6 for adults and $4 for children ages 5-12. Information: Becky at 683-6935.
•Christ UMC, 200 N. Main St., Jacobus, will host its annual community Easter egg hunt at 2 p.m. Saturday at its Lakeview Park building, 18 Water St., Jacobus. Register: 428-1424.
•Messiah United Methodist Church, 1300 N. Beaver St., North York, will host breakfast, 9 a.m., and an Easter egg hunt for infants through sixth-graders, 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission is free to the indoor event. Children should bring baskets for carrying eggs.
•St. Paul's Wolf's Evangelical Covenant Church, will host an Easter egg hunt and luncheon, 11 a.m. Saturday.
•The Ladies Auxiliary of Susquehanna Post 2493, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Mount Wolf, will host a community Easter egg hunt for children up to kindergarten age, 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Mount Wolf Community Park, Fourth and Maple streets. All participants will receive a treat, and the youngest boy and girl will be given special recognition. Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny will be in attendance. In case of inclement weather, the hunt will be moved to the Mount Wolf Eagle Fire Co. Hall. Information: Patti Kinder at 266-2189.
•Flinchbaugh's Orchard & Farm Market, 110 Ducktown Road, Hellam Township, will host a spring fest with an Easter apple hunt, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 4. The event will feature face painting, basket decorating, wagon rides, a bunny play zone with live animals and food concessions. The hunt will begin at noon for ages 1-3; 12:10 p.m. for ages 4-5; 12:20 p.m. for ages 6-7; and 12:30 p.m. for ages 8-10. Admission: $5 per child. Registration: 252-2540 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday.
•Pleasureville United Methodist Church, 2606 N. Sherman St., will host its annual Easter egg hunt for infants through fifth-graders, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4. Information: 757-3216 or www.Pleasurevilleumc.org.
•Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2164 Mount Zion Road, will host lunch and a community Easter egg hunt, noon Saturday, April 4. Register: 757-7626 by Wednesday.
•Paradise Lutheran Church, 3241 Church Road, Thomasville, will host a children's Easter egg program and hunt, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday, April 4. Each child should bring a dozen hard-boiled eggs to color. Lunch will be served at noon, followed by a craft session. The hunt will begin at 1 p.m. for pre-kindergarten to elementary students, and the Easter bunny will visit afterward. Register: 259-9547.
•Friendship Community Church, 3380 Fox Run Road, Dover, will host its annual Easter egg hunt for children in fifth grade and younger, 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4. The rain-or-shine event will feature prizes, crafts, coloring, face painting, the Easter bunny and more. Information: 779-0400.
•St. Luke Lutheran Church, 2666 Furnace Road, New Bridgeville, will host a community Easter egg hunt, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 4. The Easter bunny will visit for photo opportunities.
•Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion, will host an egg hunt, 10:15-11 a.m. Sunday, April 5. Features activities for all ages and breakfast. Information: 244-2585.
•Bethel United Methodist Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host its annual Easter egg hunt, 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4. There will also be a craft and story for children up to sixth grade. Information: 927-9380.
The following Easter services are planned for April 5:
Christ Lutheran Church, 29 S. George St.: 8 and 10:45 a.m.
Christ Lutheran Church, 80 S. Main St., Loganville: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Information: 428-3523.
First St. John's Lutheran Church, 140 W. King St.: 7 and 10:30 a.m. Information: 843-8597.
Locust Grove United Church of Christ, 1035 Locust Grove Road: 9:15 a.m.
Longstown United Methodist Church, 2975 Carol Road: 6:30 and 9 a.m.
Mount Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2164 Mount Zion Road: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Information: 757-7626.
Pleasureville United Methodist Church, 2606 N. Sherman St.: 7:15 (outdoors, weather permitting), 9 and 11 (new contemporary) a.m. Information: 757-3216.
St. Alban Anglican Church, 32 W. Market St.: 9 a.m. Information: 266-2492.
St. James Lutheran Church, 180 W. Market St., Hallam: 10:30 a.m.
St. John Lutheran Church, 2580 Mount Rose Ave.: Vigil, 8:30 and 11 a.m., with brunch between services. Information: 840-0382.
St. John (Sadler's) Lutheran Church, 2916 Sadlers Church Road, Stewartstown: 9 a.m. Information: 993-3873.
St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury: Breakfast, 8:30-9:30 a.m., and service, 10:15 a.m. Information: 858-2991.
Shiloh United Church of Christ, 2251 Willow Road: 9:15 a.m.
Trinity UCC, 32 W. Market St.: 10:30 a.m.
Zion United Methodist Church, 1155 Felton Road, Red Lion: 6:45 a.m. (outdoor chapel, weather permitting), 9 and 11:15 a.m. with breakfast available throughout the morning and an egg hunt, 10:15-11 a.m. Information: 244-2585.