Fun weekend planned in Lake Cowichan for Easter

A busy Easter weekend is planned for Cowichan Lake, this weekend.

Everything begins Friday, with a service at the Lake Cowichan Baptist Church.

“We just want to invite the whole community to join us,” the church’s chair Ralph Tromp said.

Friday marks the death of Jesus Christ, while Sunday marks the day he rose.

“That was his victory over death,” Tromp said.

“They are the most important days on the Christian calendar.”

In advance of Sunday’s regular church services, a special multi-denominational service will be held at the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s multi-purpose room.

“It takes place of the sunrise service,” local pastor Terry Hale said.

A sunrise service used to be held in Lake Cowichan’s Central Park; a service that’s been moved indoors due to low attendance.

There tends to be inclement weather, which turns people off, Hale explained.

This is the third year of the very successful indoor Easter morning service, Hale said, and the first to be held in the Cowichan Lake Sports Arena’s new addition.

“It’s a way to celebrate Easter as well as the addition on the arena,” he said.

The special service will begin at 9 a.m., and run for about 45 minutes.

“It gives time for people to socialize after and go to their regular church services,” Hale said.

Following regular services, Cowichan Lake Recreation will host their annual Easter egg hunt at Centennial Park, beginning at 2 p.m.

The Easter egg hunt will be followed by a free family skate, from 2:30 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.

“We had a couple other programs, but we didn’t get the registrants we wanted,” Cowichan Lake Recreation programmer John Cummings said.