On Maundy Thursday, (March 24), at 6:30 pm we gather for dinner, to remember the story of the meal at which Jesus taught us to receive him in bread and wine. We’ll hear scripture and pray as we feast with Jesus in the fellowship hall, then move to the altar to share the communion of Christ’s body and blood. When we have eaten, the altar is stripped to bare wood and the decorations of the church are veiled. These prayers lead us into the time of contemplation that we need for Good Friday.
On Good Friday, (March 25) at noon, we will have a quiet service of prayer and veneration of the cross, with communion from the Reserved Sacrament.
On Good Friday, ( March 25) at 7 pm, we will join our Christian neighbors at Maple and Main for a Community Good Friday service at First United Methodist Church (155 S Main Street). As we remember the gift of Jesus’ life, and watch with the disciples from the foot of the cross, it is an excellent time to pray together with our brothers and sisters in Christ across denominations.
On Saturday (March 26), Easter begins at night. At 8 pm, we’ll celebrate the Great Vigil of Easter, a candlelight service of story and prayer, and the sacrament of Baptism. The service begins in darkness, with the lighting of a bright fire, and puts us in touch with the awe and mystery of resurrection.
Easter Sunday will be our traditional joyful celebration! Don’t forget your Easter Bonnets and other festive headwear for our Easter Bonnet Parade (prizes for beautiful and creative bonnets for both adults and children!) at the end of each service!