ALSTEAD, N.H. -- Third Congregational Church of Alstead will be holding a few extra services in April because of Holy Week. The following is a list of services and there times.
-- Regular Sunday services are at 10:30 a.m.
-- April 13, Palm Sunday, 10:30 a.m.
-- April 17, Maundy Thursday, 6:30 p.m.
-- April 18, Good Friday, Silent Meditation, Church open from noon to 3 p.m. Good Friday service, 6:30 p.m.
-- April 20, Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m., at the gazebo on Millet Green. Easter Morning Service, 10:30 a.m.
All are welcome to attend these services.
First Baptist Church
BELLOWS FALLS -- The First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls’ Palm Sunday service on April 13 will center on the joyous celebration surrounding Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. The Gospel reading prompts one to open their hearts to truly welcome Him into their lives. The title of the sermon is "The Blessed One!"
The Easter week continues with the Maundy Thursday White Supper at 6 p.m. on April 17; Children’s Easter Party at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19; Sunrise Service at Oak Hill Cemetery at 6:30 a.m. and Easter Church Service at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 20.
Sunday School begins at 9:40 a.m. and the Sunday service begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following children’s time.
Pastors’ office hours are Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Bible Study is Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m., where the group will continue to look together at the Gospel of John picking up at Chapter 18:15, "Peter Denies Jesus."
Joint Service: The United Church and First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will be celebrating the Glory of our Lord with a joint sunrise service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Bellows Falls at 6:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday. The service will be followed by a hardy breakfast at the First Baptist Church at 9 Church St. in Bellows Falls.
For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri Walton at 802-463-3220. The church is located at 9 Church St. in Bellows Falls.
BRATTLEBORO -- The Rev. Carra McFadden will lead 10 a.m. worship Palm Sunday, April 13, at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro. She will share the Liturgy of the Passion as Christians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem, the week preceding his death and Resurrection. There will be palms for everyone in attendance. The Passion Story will be narrated by Julie Ball, Tony Grobe and Matt Kennedy.
On Maundy Thursday, April 17, a potluck supper at 5:30 p.m. will precede 7 p.m. worship in the Centre Church sanctuary, joined by members and friends from First Congregational Church, West Brattleboro. Notify Carlene McCarty if planning to attend and what you will be providing.
The Board of Christian Education will host a Good Friday potluck meal at 5:30 p.m. on April 18, in the Riverside Room, as part of Holy Week.
The Spring Jumble Sale will be held in Memorial Hall on April 25 and 26. Donations will be received in advance: from 9 to 11 a.m. on April 5 and 12 in Memorial Hall. Special April offerings will provide financial scholarships to Centre Church youth attending the Star Island Youth Conference and the Nell Sather Scholarship Fund.
Centre Church is located at 193 Main St., Brattleboro. For more information contact the church office at 802-254-4730 or visit the website at www.centrechurchvt.org.
Community Bible Chapel
BRATTLEBORO -- Easter Sunday services at the Community Bible Chapel on April 20 will begin at 8:30 a.m. with an Easter morning breakfast. The Easter Celebration service will be at 9:30 a.m.
The Chapel is located at 107 Atwood St. and is handicapped accessible. For more information about the Chapel or these events, call 802-254-2910, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or check the website at www.communtiybiblechapel.org.
First Baptist Church
BRATTLEBORO -- Parishioners of First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in the center of Brattleboro, will be following Jesus as He makes His triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Pastor Suzanne Andrews will lead the services.
-- Palm Sunday Service, April 13, 10 a.m. Following Jesus as He carried the Cross to Calvary. Sunday School at 10:15 a.m. Special music by The Singing Ladies.
-- Maundy Thursday Service, April 17, 7 p.m. Celebrating the Last Supper.
-- Good Friday Services, April 18, noon to 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. "The Words of Jesus on the Cross."
-- Easter Service, Sunday, April 20, 10 a.m. The Blooming of the Cross and Celebration off Christ’s Resurrection.
Green Mountain Chapel
BRATTLEBORO -- The Green Mountain Chapel will be celebrating the week of Easter beginning with a Palm Sunday service on April 13 with the worship service beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a Good Friday service on Friday at 7 p.m. Easter Sunday morning will begin with a special breakfast and program during the Sunday School hour beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Easter worship will be at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend these special times of worship and praise as we focus our attention on the message of Easter, Jesus is alive. Each of these services will include special music, prayer and an opportunity to remember what God has done for us in sending His Son Jesus Christ to the cross for the forgiveness of our sin and restoration of our relationship with Him.
The chapel is located at 480 Western Ave. in Brattleboro.
St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Brattleboro
BRATTLEBORO -- Holy Week and Easter services at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, corner of Putney Road and Bradley Avenue, are as follows:
Sunday, April 13, Palm Sunday, 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist; 10:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist and Procession with Palms.
Monday, April 14 5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist
Tuesday, April 15, 5:30 p.m., Holy Eucharist
Wednesday, April 16, noon, Holy Eucharist, 5:30 p.m., Dinner Eucharist.
Maundy Thursday, April 17, 7 p.m., Holy Eucharist with Washing of the Feet and Stripping of the Altar.
Good Friday, April 18, noon-3 p.m., Ecumenical Good Friday Service at First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro; 7 p.m., Proper liturgy for Good Friday with veneration of the cross at St. Michael’s.
Holy Saturday, April 19, 7 p.m., The Great Vigil of Easter, followed by a celebratory reception.
Sunday, Easter Day, April 20, 8 a.m., Holy Eucharist; 10:15 a.m., Festival Holy Eucharist.
Trinity Lutheran Church
BRATTLEBORO -- Sunday’s worship service begins outdoors with a palm procession, commemorating Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Quickly the tone of the service changes as we meditate upon Jesus’ passion and death. In this story that is so central to our faith, we gather to remember Jesus’ death for the life of the world, and to be fed by his life-giving mercy. This holy week will culminate in the celebration of the Three Days of Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.
Holy Week services include: Maundy Thursday Service with Holy Communion and the Washing of Feet, Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m. and Good Friday observance Tenebrae service on Friday, April 18, also at 7 p.m.
Easter Sunday, April 20, begins with a community breakfast at 9 a.m. sponsored by the men of the congregation. The community is invited. The Festive Easter celebration begins at 10:30 a.m.
Trinity meets for worship at 10:30 a.m. The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home.
Dummerston Congregational Church
DUMMERSTON -- The April 13 Palm Sunday worship service at Dummerston Congregational Church will begin at 9:30 a.m. The choir will sing under the direction of the Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett, including the old favorite "The Palms." The children will distribute palms to the congregation and lead in Jesus on the donkey (papier-mâché.) Heidi Carrington Heath will be the guest preacher and Pastor Susanna Griefen, the liturgist. Following the children’s story by Pastor Griefen, the children will attend church school.
In preparation for Easter, people may make donations in honor or appreciation of loved ones toward the Easter lilies that will be distributed by the Dummerston Women’s Association to the elderly, ill or bereaved. When donating, state the way it should be listed in the Easter bulletin.
Maundy Thursday: Potluck Supper (no desserts,) Communion and Tenebrae, downstairs, 6 to 7 p.m., the Passion Story according to the Gospel of John.
Saturday, April 19: Easter Egg Hunt for children through 5th grade, 10 a.m., beginning on the church steps. Bring a basket for this old-fashioned hunt.
Easter Sunday: Sunrise service at 6 a.m. on the church steps with breakfast following and Festive Worship at 9:30 a.m.
Guilford Community Church
GUILFORD -- Jesus will enter the throng Sunday, April 13, at Guilford Community Church, UCC, amidst palm fronds and hosannas, marking the beginning of Holy Week. Thursday the chants will continue, first with a potluck Seder Meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Service of Tenebrae at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
Local churches will come together for Good Friday services from noon to 3 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro. Holy Week will end on Sunday, April 20, with a bonfire and sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. on the north side of the church, followed by the annual pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. in the Rosa Zeller Hall. The jubilant 10 a.m. service for Easter will complete the sacred week.
Sunday’s service marks the high point in the life of Jesus, as he is acclaimed publicly as the Messiah. The implications of this claim will be celebrated with three anthems: "Blessed...," "Weepin’ Mary" and "City of Heaven," under the direction of Peter Amidon. Those wishing to join the choir are invited to arrive by 9 a.m.
Pastor Lise Sparrow will reflect in her sermon on what this acclamation meant to Jesus and what it means to us and others to step into power and risk our lives. The children will prepare colored eggs and cards for shut ins after they complete their roles in the procession and learn of the impending crucifixion. After church Amidon will lead a discussion on Jesus as "Zealot" in the book by Reza Aslan as part of the after-church Lenten series.
The building is fully handicapped accessible and hearing assistance and an ASL interpreter are provided. The church is located one mile south of exit 1 on Route 5, turn left just beyond the Guilford Country Store. For information, 802-257-0994 or 802-257-2776 or visit www.guilfordchurch.org.
First Congregational Church
HINSDALE, N.H. -- First Congregational Church, 36 Main St., Hinsdale, will hold the following Easter services Easter Sunday, April 20: 7 a.m., Sunrise service, in the park on Main Street; 8 a.m., Pancake breakfast at the church; 9-9:45 a.m., Activities for families and children; 10 a.m., Main Easter celebration service with the church’s 1849 Hook Pipe Organ. The public is welcome to join the celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.
First Congregational Church
NEWFANE -- Palm Sunday will be celebrated at the First Congregational Church of Newfane at the 10 a.m. worship service on Sunday, April 13. The Rev. Robert Hamm’s sermon is titled "Walking Toward Easter" with scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 21, verses 1-11. Congregational hymns are "All Glory, Laud, and Honor," "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" and "Ride On, Ride On in Majesty." The choir will sing the anthem "Antiphonal Hosanna" by G. Alan Smith. The prelude, "The Palms" by Jean-Baptiste Faure, and the postlude, "Prince of Denmark’s March" by Jeremiah Clarke, will be played by organist/music director Martha LaMoria.
Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Linus Quilters at 1 p.m. on Tuesday; Ladies Aid at 10 a.m. and the Maundy Thursday service at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The church will be open on Good Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. for those who wish to spend time in reflection.
On Easter Sunday, there will be a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. and the Easter worship service at 10 a.m.
The church is handicap accessible by both elevator and chair lift and all are welcome. Call the church office at 802-365-4079 or visit the website www.newfanechurch.org for further information.
Christ’s Church, Saxtons River
SAXTONS RIVER -- On Sunday, April 13, the Sixth Sunday of Lent, Palm Sunday, at 10 a.m. the Rev. Roger Daly’s focus for worship will be provided by the Lenten symbol of "The Crown of Thorns" and by Jesus’ words in the 14th chapter of the Gospel of John: "I am the way, the truth, and the life...."
On April 17 at 6 p.m. a Maundy Thursday gathering will be held in the Church Fellowship Room for an Agape Meal and Observation of the ancient Service of the Tenebrae. Rev. Daly will lead the service showing the sacramental love that marked Jesus’ "Last Supper" with his disciples.
An Easter Sunday Celebration will be held April 20. The day will start with a 5:30 a.m. Easter Sunrise Service at the home of Franklin and Roberta Geist, followed by breakfast. All are invited. Call 802-869-3300 for directions.
The regular 10 a.m. worship service will begin as we, in faith, imagine it began for the followers of Jesus. It will be time for us to sing "Hallelujah!"
Rev. Daly’s meditation will be "Run! Run and Dare to Hope!" grounded in the story of the Mary’s live morning encounter with Jesus and in Isaiah 40:27-31.
The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For information, call 802-869-2340 and leave a message.
All Souls Church
WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls Unitarian Universalist invites all to worship on Sunday, April 13, at 10 a.m. The theme will be "Palm-of-the-Hand Stories."
This Palm Sunday, Lay Leader Elizabeth Lewis presents stories, skits, performances, and reflections on the Palms of Our Hands. What do we hold in the palms of our hands? What do we hold out the palms of our hands for? The All Souls Choir, under the direction of Ede Thomas, will sing "Choose Something Like a Star," words by Robert Frost, music by Randall Thompson. Our offering will be shared with the Visiting Nurses Association.
This Sunday, children of all ages are invited to help kick off a special spring project. Children will work with artist and church member, Jeanne Austin, to weave in the Japanese Soari weaving style.
All Souls at the West Village Meeting House, is located at 29 South St. in West Brattleboro. Nursery care is available. For information or directions, call the office 802-254-9377, e-mail email@example.com or www.ascvt.org.
First Congregational Church
WEST BRATTLEBORO -- April 13 is Palm Sunday at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Pastor Joseph Amico will share a sermon entitled "What is All the Hub Bub About?" based on Matthew 21:1-11.
Organist and choir director Bill McKim will share a prelude of "Land Of Rest" by W. Held and a postlude of "Fugue in C" by D. Buxtehude. The choir will share an anthem of "Sanctus" with a flute obbligato by Ruth Chamberlin by D. Lantz III. Congregational hymns this week include "All Glory, Laud, and Honor," "Ride On! Ride On in Majesty" and "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna."
Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. preceded by 9 a.m. choir rehearsal. For a ride to worship in April call Wendy at 802-254-4522.
This Sunday, April 13, is the church’s monthly pancake breakfast 8 to 9:30 a.m. On the menu will be pancakes, syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, orange juice and other beverages. This is a free breakfast with no reservations necessary.
Ongoing weekly events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. Sunday mornings and the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
For information, contact the church at www.wbucc.com, fccwb1770@gmail or call 802-254-9767. Church office hours are Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
VERNON -- Easter services at the Advent Christian Church in Vernon are as follows:
Good Friday, April 18, 7 p.m., joint services with three churches and Vernon Hall.
Easter, April 20, 6:30 a.m., Sunrise service at the upper parking lot, weather permitting, otherwise in the sanctuary, followed by breakfast in the social hall. At 10:30 a.m., Resurrection celebration in the sanctuary with special music selections.
All are welcome. Handicapped accessible. Located at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road (Rte. 142), Vernon, at the Vermont/Massachusetts state line. For information, call 802-257-2341 or 802-257-1072.