On Sunday, May 28, 2023, we had a special worship service followed by a luncheon…
We are pleased to present our Schedule of Events for Holy Week this year.
On Palm Sunday, April 2, we will have our regular 9:00 a.m. online service (via zoom) with hymns and prayers as well as a brief message from Pastor John Loring. Everyone is welcome to attend. The link to join the service is found at the top of the homepage of our website. There is no password but if you will wait momentarily, the service host will allow you entry. You can attend without turning on your camera or microphone if you prefer to remain anonymous.
On Palm Sunday, April 2, at 10:30 a.m. we will meet for our in-person service with music from the choir and organ, favorite hymns and a sermon from Pastor Loring. Children in attendance are invited to go with the Sunday School teachers to the Scott Education Building for an age-appropriate class. If your child is more comfortable staying with you, you may choose the family friendly balcony and/or the boxes of coloring materials and stickers. The Deacon on Duty will be happy to help. After the service, weather permitting, we typically socialize with some Lemonade on the Lawn.
On Thursday evening, April 6, at 7:30 p.m., we have a solemn service of Holy Communion and then Tenebrae, during which the lights are progressively dimmed as the story of Jesus’s trial and crucifixion is read. The service ends with the silent departure of the congregation. This service is not recommended for young children. When we celebrate Communion, at this service or on the first Sunday of most months, the Lord’s Table is open to all without regard to membership, denomination or faith affiliation.
On Saturday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m., we will host an Easter Egg Hunt for our children and the children of the community. The children are divided by age into different areas so the littlest ones have a fair chance at finding eggs. The plastic eggs are filled with wrapped, non-peanut candy and tickets that can be exchanged for toys the children can choose. Not a religious event, the Hunt is attended by children and their parents without regard to their membership in ours or any other church. We will, however, be collecting emails of those who have an interest in a two-day Vacation Bible School experience for their children in late June.
On Easter Sunday, April 9, at 9:00 a.m., we will again host an online service of prayer and music as described above. The link is published on the homepage and all are invited to attend.
On Easter Sunday, April 9, at 10:30 a.m. we will have a jubilant in-person service of music and prayer with a message from Pastor Loring. Children will be encouraged to stay in church with their families for this special celebration.
Following the service, all are invited to an Easter Brunch in the Fellowship Hall of the Scott Education Building.
We hope that you will join us for these events and services as your spirit guides you and your circumstances permit. Please feel welcome to the events of our first Holy Week to be celebrated under our amended mission statement: “To provide an open expression of Christian worship for all sincere persons of every age, race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, cultural background, and socio-economic status without regard to religious background or beliefs; to assist persons in the development of a Christian lifestyle consistent with our historic traditions; to maintain a program of religious education based upon the teachings of the scriptures; to encourage our membership to join together in the spreading of the gospel to all nations beginning with our own community; to develop a sense of community into which all persons will be welcomed, and to offer to all of its members opportunities in Christian service.”