Members of several church congregations and area residents participate in an Easter Sunrise service at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades on Sunday April 4, 2021.(Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)
Revive LA holds their third annual Easter Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. April 9 at Will Rogers State Beach in Pacific Palisades. In the file photo, the Easter Sunrise service at Will Rogers State Beach on Sunday, April 4, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer)

Here is a sampling of upcoming faith gatherings in the San Fernando Valley area.

April 8

Blessing of the Animals on Olvera Street: Archbishop José H. Gomez is scheduled to offer the blessings, 2-3 p.m. This is an all faiths and all animals event. Pets must be properly restrained on a leash or in a carrier. As an alternative, bring a photo of your pet to be blessed. The line forms at 1 p.m. in front of the Pico House at 424 N. Main St., Los Angeles. Entertainment is scheduled, noon-4 p.m. on Olvera Street. The blessing event is on Main Street between Arcadia Street and East Cesar E. Chavez Avenue.

Easter Fun for Children: Church of Scientology – Mission of the Foothills presents an Easter egg hunt, a “Bunny Hop Dance,” photos with the Easter Bunny, craft activities and live bunnies to hold, 2-4 p.m. Reservations requested. Location, 2254 Honolulu Ave., Montrose. 818-957-1500. Email:

Shepherd Church: Easter services, 5 and 7 p.m. April 8; 9 and 11 a.m. April 9. Location, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. 818-831-9333.

Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: The Rev. Titus Utecht  delivers the message at the Saturday Holy Week Experience, 5 p.m. Also, Easter services: Sunrise, 6:31 a.m.; traditional, 8 a.m.; a Festival, 10 a.m. on April 9. Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

Holy Saturday and Easter at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church: Holy Saturday, 8 p.m. Easter services, 8 and 10 a.m., both followed by Easter egg hunts, on April 9 (Sunday’s service bulletin: This week’s newsletter: Location, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email:

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels: Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil Mass begins outdoors with the blessing of the fire at the Easter Fire Hearth, in the cathedral’s plaza, 8 p.m. (bilingual Mass). Easter services, 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. (this service is livestreamed on the cathedral’s website and other media; check the website), and 12:30 p.m. (in Spanish). Location, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Details on services:

April 9

Easter Sunrise service at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills: 6 a.m. Location, Court of Liberty, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles.

Easter sunrise service at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park: 6 a.m. Parking lot of the main building, 5600 Lindero Canyon Road, Westlake Village. 818-889-0902.

Easter services with La Cañada Presbyterian Church: Sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. (La Cañada Memorial Park, 1301 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge). The church also holds Easter services, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. at its location, 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge. 818-790-6708.

Northridge United Methodist Church: Easter Sunrise service, 6 a.m. and a 10 a.m. service (English-language), and a 11:30 a.m. service (Korean-language). The April newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

Revive LA: Easter sunrise service, 6:31 a.m. Tower #8 at Will Rogers State Beach, 17000 Pacific Coast Highway, Pacific Palisades. Reservations requested here:

Check the Rock: The Rev. Jim Sillerud delivers the Easter message, based on Luke 24:1-12, at the 6 a.m. Easter sunrise service (on the church patio), and also at the 9 (with choirs and brass ensemble) and 11 a.m. (with brass ensemble) services. The April “Spire” newsletter: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.;

North Hollywood First United Methodist Church: Interim pastor, the Rev. Christian Washington delivers the Easter message at the sunrise service, 6:30 a.m. (courtyard patio) and at the traditional service, 10:30 a.m. Location, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Church details: Updates on services:

Bethel Church: Easter sunrise service, 7 a.m., followed by a breakfast, 8:45 a.m., and a children’s Easter egg hunt, 10 a.m. April 9. Location, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. 818-767-4488.

Easter at First Christian Church of North Hollywood: The Rev. Jonathan B. Hall delivers the message at two services that include Communion and music, 9 and 11 a.m. Also, an “Easter Walk,” a presentation of the last days of Jesus’ life, 9 and 10:20 a.m. (meet in the lobby in front of the chapel). Easter breakfast, served by the youth of the church, 10-11:15 a.m. (donation; social hall). Check the newsletter for parking information. Location, 4390 Colfax Ave. 818-763-8218. Newsletter for this Sunday:

Vulnerability – Cracks and Canyons: The Rev. Michael McMorrow explains the message at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. The church’s April theme is “Vulnerability.” Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. 818-363-8136. Details:

Easter at Canoga Park Lutheran Church: The Rev. Timothy Jenks delivers the message, and there will be handbell ensemble, organ music and a praise team, at 9:30 a.m. Location, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook:

Easter at St. Luke Lutheran Church: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. The service is followed by a potluck lunch and an egg hunt. Check here for the Easter service bulletin: Location, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

Resurrection Sunday at Reseda Church of Christ: The Rev. Dewayne Winrow delivers the message, with guest soloist Anise Young, 10 a.m. Location, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755. Church website:

Chatsworth Lake Church: The Rev. Dale Dawson and Elder Gary Hogan lead services, 10 a.m. (outdoors if weather permits). Location, 23449 Lake Manor Drive, Chatsworth. 818-712-0079. Facebook:

Easter at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church: The Rev. Matthew McHale delivers the message, with worship associate Julie Borden, 10:30 a.m. Location, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

Abundance – Easter Flower Service: Matt Toronto gives his perspective on the topic of the month and leads the Easter service, 11 a.m. The church’s April theme is “Abundance.” Unity Burbank – Center for Spiritual Awareness, 637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-4037. Watch the service on Facebook: Details on the church and services in the “Words of Light” April newsletter:

April 13

Temple Beth Emet: Yizkor service for the last day of Passover, 6 p.m. Also, a “Cheese Pizza Night” dinner, 6 p.m. April 14 ($5; reservations required to or 818-398-9077). Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the Shabbat service, 7 p.m. April 14 following the dinner. Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

April 14

Shabbat at Temple Judea: 6:15 p.m. Location, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800. Details:

April 16

Revival Sunday at First United Methodist Church San Fernando: Three area United Methodist churches gather together, 10:30 a.m. Choirs from Pacoima United Methodist and Knollwood United Methodists and the praise band from San Fernando First United Methodist Church will share their gift of music. The Rev. Stan Ferguson delivers the Sunday message. Location, 1525 Glenoaks Blvd., San Fernando. 818-365-3156.

Send information at least two weeks ahead. 818-713-3708.


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