Alstead’s Third Congregational Church

ALSTEAD, N.H. -- The Third Congregational Church of Alstead’s Easter Sunrise Service will be held April 20 at 6:30 a.m. at the gazebo on Millet Green. Easter Morning Service will be at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to attend these services.

The United Church and First Baptist Church, Bellows Falls

BELLOWS FALLS -- The United Church and First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls will be celebrating a joint sunrise service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Bellows Falls at 6:30 a.m. on April 20, Easter Sunday.

The service will be followed by breakfast at the First Baptist Church at 9 Church St. in Bellows Falls. All are welcome. For more information, contact Pastors Steven and Terri Walton at 802-463-3220.

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The First Baptist Church of Bellows Falls’ Easter Sunday service will center on Jesus’ rising and rebirth into our hearts and lives. The Gospel reading finds Mary Magdalene meeting the resurrected Jesus at the tomb. The title of the sermon is "I Have Seen the Lord." All are welcome and encouraged to come to this special Easter Sunday service that begins at 10 a.m. Child care is provided following the children’s time. A Children’s Easter Party will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 19.

Pastors’ office hours are Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.. Bible Study is Saturday from 4 to 5 p.


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m., where the group will continue to look together at the Gospel of John picking up at Chapter 19:16, "The Crucifixion of Jesus." The church located at 9 Church St., Bellows Falls.

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Centre Congregational Church

BRATTLEBORO -- The Rev. Carra McFadden will lead 10 a.m. worship and deliver the message Easter Sunday at Centre Congregational Church in downtown Brattleboro, with music in many forms celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The Riley Goodemote brass quartet will play, as well as music by Michael Mario and Derrick Harnish. The Chancel Choir led by Christian Huebner, Director of Music, will offer the anthem. An Easter Egg Hunt will follow worship, the Board of Christian Education has announced, and all are welcome.

The six church members who participated in the mission trip to El Salvador this past week returned April 18 with an update on their Sister Parish, El Cristo Redentor. Centre Church also has a Missionary Relationships with Gloria Vincente in Guatemala through the Global Ministries Board, United Church of Christ.

Brattleboro Centre for Children reports that enrollment remains at 27, and new funding will allow for purchase of new equipment for each of the classrooms, according to Gretchen Horton, its director.

The Spring Jumble Sale is open to all on Friday, April 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. and on Saturday, April 26, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations may be left at the door to Memorial Hall before the event.

Centre Church, located at 193 Main St., Brattleboro. For 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 cbchapel@comcast.net or check the website at www.communtiybiblechapel.org.

First Baptist Church

BRATTLEBORO -- Worship on Easter Sunday, April 20, at First Baptist Church, 190 Main St., in downtown Brattleboro will begin at 10 a.m.

A tradition at the church will be led by Pastor Suzanne Andrews and will involve all parishioners as they celebrate Christ’s Resurrection with the Blooming of the Cross, the time when Easter lilies are mounted one-by-one on the cross until it is covered with blossoms.

Special music will be provided by Lura Jane Bacon who will sing "The Old Rugged Cross."

First United Methodist Church

BRATTLEBORO -- Worship at First United Methodist Church will be held on April 20 at 10 a.m. celebrating Easter Sunday. Scripture from John 20:1-18 tells the Easter story of Jesus’ resurrection. The Rev. Cheryl Meachen’s sermon will be "Love Wins," which will explore the incredible truth that love prevails over hate, eternal life is the victor over death and light overcomes the darkness.

The congregation will process into the sanctuary with candles returning the light which seemed to be snuffed on Good Friday at Jesus’ death. Patti French has created a beautiful altar that features spring flowers given in memory and honor of the congregation’s loved ones. Eleanor Vanderpool and Patti French will sing a duet and then lead the congregation in singing "Crown Him with Many Crowns." The church billowers, Patti French, Jean MacLean, Cheryl Meachen and Betty Stacy, will dance liturgically with long bands of cloth as Christi Catino sings "Was it a Morning Like This?"

The choir will present a Cantata entitled "Jesus: the One and Only," narrated by Doug Reed and directed by Jenny Hinton. A potluck Easter brunch precedes the service at 8:30 a.m. where all are welcome.

Contact the church at fumcob@gmail.com or 802-254-4218 or for more information, visit fumcob.wordpress.com. The church is located at 18 Town Crier Drive off Putney Road and is handicap-accessible.

Green Mountain Chapel

BRATTLEBORO -- Easter Sunday morning will begin with a special breakfast and program during the Sunday School hour beginning at 9:30 a.m. at Green Mountain Chapel.

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. The service 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.

Trinity Lutheran Church

BRATTLEBORO -- Easter Sunday, April 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church begins with a community breakfast at 9 a.m. sponsored by the men of the congregation. The Festive Easter celebration begins at 10:30 a.m. The liturgy for the season of Easter is Marty Haugen’s beloved "Now the Feast and Celebration." The community is welcome to all the events.

The church is located at 161 Western Ave., Brattleboro, across from Holton Home.

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Dummerston Congregational Church

DUMMERSTON -- Today at 10 a.m. the Dummerston Congregational Church will host an Easter Egg Hunt for children through grade 5. Participants should bring their own basket. Older children and youth are invited to come at 9 a.m. to hide the eggs and supervise younger children.

The Easter Sunrise Service will be at 6 a.m. on the church steps with breakfast following. Morning worship is at 9:30 with the choir under the direction of Rev. Dr. Larrimore Crockett. All are invited to join in singing Handel’s Halleluja Chorus at the close of the service. Franz Robert is the church organist. Children will be in worship with their families this joyful, musical day. Activity bags and children’s bulletins will be available. All are welcome.

Caring and Sharing, the church’s semi-annual clothing give-away will be held on May 9 and 10. Donations may be brought to the church kitchen after May 3. On Sunday, April 27, the church will join others at the Brattleboro Area Jewish Community at 4 p.m. for a Holocaust Remembrance Service.

The church is located at 1536 Middle Road, Dummerston Center. For information contact Pastor Susanna Griefen, 802-257-0544, susanna@griefen.com.

Guilford Community Church

GUILFORD --Easter begins in Guilford with a bonfire sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the north side of the church. Pastor Lise Sparrow and the Rev. Larrimore Crockett will lead the service which combines shared reading of John’s gospel of the resurrection with traditional hymns. Afterwards everyone is invited to the annual pancake breakfast in the Rosa Zeller Hall.

At 10 a.m. all ages are invited to the family service of lessons and anthems based on the resurrection story. Choirmaster Peter Amidon will lead Easter favorites including "Bells of Norwich," "Billings’ Easter Anthem," "The Man in the Middle" and Handel’s "Hallelujah Chorus."

The church is fully handicapped accessible and hearing assistance and an ASL interpreter are provided. To find the church, drive one mile south of exit 1 on route 5 and turn left just beyond the Guilford Country Store. For information: 802-257-0994 or 802-257-2776 or check out the website at www.guilfordchurch.org. Everyone is welcome.

First Congregational Church, Hinsdale

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.

Jacksonville, Whitingham, Wilmington

WHITINGHAM -- There will be an Easter Sunrise Service on Town Hill in Whitingham hosted by the Jacksonville Community Church at 6 a.m. on Easter morning, April 20. Coffee will be available.

A special Easter Service celebrating our Risen Lord on Sunday, April 20, at 9:15 a.m. at the Jacksonville Community Church and at 11 a.m. at the Wilmington Baptist Church. All are invited to attend both services.

Marlboro Meeting House

MARLBORO -- An Easter Sunrise Service will be held at Marlboro Meeting House on Sunday, April 20, at 6:30 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Amico of First Congregational Church in West Brattleboro will lead the service. His Easter message is entitled "Go and Tell."

Congregational hymns will be sung as follows, "Morning Has Broken," "I Love to Tell the Story," and "Christ the Lord is Risen Today." Alan Dann will play the organ. After the service, a pancake breakfast will be served on the first floor. Everyone is welcome. The church is located on South Road one-half mile from Route 9 in Marlboro.

First Congregational Church of Newfane

NEWFANE -- Easter Sunday will be celebrated by the First Congregational Church of Newfane beginning with the sunrise service on Mantel Hill at 6:30 a.m. followed by a pancake breakfast at the church at 7 a.m. Worship service begins at 10 a.m. with the sermon topic "Going on Ahead" by the Rev. Robert Hamm. Scripture reading will be from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 28, verses 1-10.

Hymns to be sung by the congregation are "Christ the Lord is Risen Today," "Christ Is Alive" and "The Day of Resurrection." The prelude, "Jubilate, Amen" by Ruby Shaw Hollis, will be played by the Newfane Community Handbells and the postlude, "Alleluia" by R.M. Stults, will be played by organist Martha LaMoria. The offertory anthem is "Easter Bells With Joy Are Ringing" by Douglas E. Wagner sung by the church choir and accompanied by the handbells. Next Sunday will be "Holy Hilarity Sunday" with worship at 10 a.m.

Events for the upcoming week include Al-Anon at 7:30 p.m. on Monday; Sew What’s at 5 p.m. on Tuesday; Men’s Group at 10 a.m., Bell rehearsal at 5 p.m. on Thursday; Neighborhood Night from 4 to 6 p.m. on Friday. The Vermont Conference is being held on Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee.

For information: www.newfanechurch.org or 802-365-4079.

Christ’s Church, Saxtons River

SAXTONS RIVER -- Christ Church will hold two Easter Services. The day will begin with a 5:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at the home of Franklin and Roberta Geist, followed by breakfast. All are invited. For directions, call 802-869-3300.

At the 10 a.m. Easter worship service, the Rev. Roger Daly’s meditation will be "Run! Run and Dare to Hope!" grounded in the story of Mary’s live morning encounter with Jesus and in Isaiah 40:27-31. "Hallelujah!" will be sung. The church is handicapped accessible and all are welcome. For information, call 802-869-2340 and leave a message.

Vernon Advent Christian Church

VERNON -- Easter services on April 20 at the Advent Christian Church in Vernon will begin at 6:30 a.m., with a 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.

Walpole Unitarian Church

WALPOLE, N.H. -- The Rev. Telos Whitfield will lead Easter Service, "Finding the Light," at the Walpole Unitarian Church on Sunday, April 20, at 10 a.m. at the church located at the corner of Maine and Union streets. "We will explore where to find the light and inspiration within the Easter Story," Rev. Whitfield said. "Join us for our Easter Service with special music and readings."

All are welcome to stay after the service for coffee and conversation.

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All Souls Unitarian Universalist

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- All Souls at the West Village Meeting House invites everyone to join an "Open House" celebration of shared ethical values and enlightened principles by which to live in this diverse world beginning at 9:55 a.m. with Daniel Kasnitz leading the singing of Dave Mallet’s "Garden Song (Inch by Inch)."

As Christians gather this Sunday to celebrate Easter, the Rev. Barbro Hansson will reflect on Easter’s relationship to Passover and explore a deeper meaning that can lead us forward to a new day. She asks, "Can hope and meaning be found in a landscape where hate crimes and gun violence threaten the very fabric of community and human dignity?"

The All Souls Choir under the direction of Ede Thomas will sing "You Are the New Day" by John Day, which ends with this message, "Hope is my philosophy, just needs days in which to be, love of life means hope for me, born on a new day."

Children of all ages will enjoy reading "Chicken Sunday," a delightful story by Patricia Polacco in which "the hatred sometimes engendered by racial and religious differences is overpowered by the love of people who recognize their common humanity." The annual Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Carnival will take place immediately after the Time for All Ages.

All Souls at the West Village Meeting House is located at 29 South St. Nursery care is available. For more information or directions, call the office at 802-254-9377, e-mail office@ascvt.org or www.ascvt.org.

First Congregational Church

WEST BRATTLEBORO -- April 20 is Easter Sunday at the First Congregational Church United Church of Christ, 880 Western Ave. in West Brattleboro. Pastor Joseph Amico will share a sermon entitled "This IS the Day the Lord Has Made!" based on Colossians 3:1-4. Organist and choir director Bill McKim will share a prelude of "Miniature in ‘C’ " by Flor Peeters and a postlude of "Carillon" by Louis Vierne. The choir will share an anthem of "Our Savior Is Alive" by Don Besig. Special music this week will be shared by the West B Belles. Congregational hymns will include "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today," "Yours Is the Glory" and "This Is the Day."

Sunday worship at First Congregational is at 10 a.m. preceded by 9 a.m. choir rehearsal. For those with disabilities, there is a ramp leading to the Fireplace Room level, as well as large-print hymnals and bulletins. For a ride to worship in April call Wendy at 802-254-4522.

Parishioners of First Congregational will be joining members of the Marlboro Meeting House for an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. at the Meeting House. Pastor Joseph Amico will be preaching a sermon entitled "Go and Tell!" based on Mathew 28:1-10. Breakfast follows.

Ongoing weekly events include the Prayer Fellowship at 8:30 a.m. Sundays and the Handicraft group on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Church office hours are Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information, call 802-254-9767 or e-mail fccwb1770@gmail.com; or www.wbucc.com.

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First Universalist Church, West Chesterfield, N.H.

WEST CHESTERFIELD, N.H. -- Arthur Reublinger will lead a service on "Balance the Spiritual," The Core Message of Easter, at the First Universalist Church in West Chesterfield on Sunday, April 20, at 10 a.m. He is the chaplain of Compassionate Care Hospice. Organist Sylvia Fairbanks will provide music. Everyone is invited for worship.

Congregational Church of Westminster West

WESTMINSTER WEST -- After a meaningful Holy Week at the Congregational Church of Westminster West, the Great Alleluia of Easter morning will be celebrated in many ways on Sunday, April 20. At 5:45 a.m., the hardiest of the congregation gather at Milenkovich Pond to greet the dawn. This outdoor service, led by Leslie Turpin, includes song and bells and dance and laughter. Worshippers are encouraged to bring symbols of new life to share. At 8 a.m., there will be an Easter breakfast of pancakes and new maple syrup, bacon, sausage and fruit at the church, hosted by Stephen and Adrienne Major. At 10 a.m., Easter will be celebrated in our sanctuary with a service that will include joyful choir music, traditional hymns, and much light and life.

The Congregational Church of Westminster West is fully wheel-chair accessible. All are welcome. For more information, contact the Rev. Susie Webster-Toleno at susiewt@gmail.com or 802-579-8356.