After a year of COVID, in-person Easter services return

A seated woman raises her hands.
A church member with hands raised worships during Easter Sunday service at New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church amid the pandemic on April 4, 2021 in Los Angeles.
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A woman speaks in front of people in seats.
Pastor Sonja R. Dawson preaches at an in-person Easter Sunday service at New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
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Two people join hands.
Churchgoers at New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
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Three people sing.
Crenshaw Christian Center’s Praise and Worship Team, from right, Brooke Brewer, Caleb Minter and Christine Crosby, prepare for Easter service singing in socially distanced and partitioned enclosures on April 4, 2021 in Los Angeles.
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A woman in a face mask raises her hands and other people with masks are seated.
Stephanie Smith, director of services and hospitality ministry, attends Easter Sunday service at New Mount Calvary.
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A girl sleeps on a chair.
Jenise Martin takes a nap during Easter Sunday service at New Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.
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A woman on a couch reads a book.
Denice Daye reads a bit in Los Angeles’ View Heights neighborhood before the start of Easter service on April 4, 2021. She and her grandson Donte Murray will participate in a digital Easter service. Last year, online services were new and a little awkward, but she’s prepared now.
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A cross on a beach as surfers appear in the background.
A surfer rides a wave as worshipers sit on the beach during Easter services in Redondo Beach sponsored by River Church of the South Bay on Sunday morning.
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People gather at a beach in front of a cross.
Worshipers sit on the beach during Easter services in Redondo Beach.
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A white cross and children on a rocky terrain.
Grandchildren of Larry Craig play on Sunrise Rock in Cima, Calif., where every year for decades dozens of parishioners have gathered in the Mojave Desert to celebrate sunrise Easter service held by him.
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A man reads with a sunrise as a backdrop.
Home missionary Larry Craig goes over his sermon before sunrise Easter service.
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People sit in chairs in the desert to watch two people sing.
Home missionary Paul Craig, left, flanked by his son Larry Craig, singing hymns, holds sunrise Easter service on Sunrise Rock.
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Two men sing in the desert at sunrise.
The Craigs sing hymns.
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