First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ

BELFAST — The First Church in Belfast, United Church of Christ, invites the community to join the services for Holy Week, the week preceding Easter and the time remembering Jesus’ last days before His death and resurrection.

Palm Sunday, April 17 begins Holy Week. The regular 10 a.m. service will include palm branches and special music by the choir.

Maundy Thursday recalls the evening Jesus gave his disciples the commandment to “love one another as I have loved you” and shares the Last Supper with them, the model of the church’s Eucharistic meal, also known as Holy Communion. A special service, including a light supper and a dramatic rendering, will be held Thursday, April 21 at 6 p.m. in the upstairs Fellowship Hall (use Spring Street or Court Street entrances – an elevator is available).

Good Friday recounts the day of Jesus’ crucifixion. It is a solemn day of remembrance. The First Church sanctuary will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for silent prayer and meditation. The church bell will be rung at noon and 3 p.m. An ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church at 6 p.m., sponsored by the Greater Bay Area Ministerium.

Easter Sunday, April 24 will begin with a breakfast prepared by the Youth Group and served 8-9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Easter Sunday worship is at 10 a.m. and will include special music by the choir and bell choir and messages by the Revs. Kate Winters and Joel Krueger. The service will be followed by a time of refreshments and fellowship and Easter basket fun for young ones in the church parlor.

Everyone is welcome to attend any of these events. The First Church, at 104 Church St., near downtown, is an open and affirming congregation, welcoming all.

For more information, call 338-2282 or visit firstchurchinbelfast.org. First Church services can be seen on local BCTV channel 2 on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Mondays at 9 a.m. (one week airing delay).

Monroe Community Church, UCC

MONROE — Following are Easter activities at Monroe Community Church, UCC, at 28 West Main St./Route 139.

The Way of the Cross will be Wednesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to use the street entrance.

Maundy Thursday worship, with a foot-washing service, will take place Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m.

The church will be open Friday, April 22, 12-3 p.m. The Good Friday worship service will be held at 7 p.m.

Sunrise service at Gesner Park on Route 139 will be Sunday, April 24, at 5:30 a.m. Regular worship will be at 8:30 a.m. at the church.

First Baptist Church of Belfast

BELFAST — Members of First Baptist Church of Belfast will present a free dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci’s, “The Last Supper,” on Maundy Thursday, April 21, at 7 p.m. at 95 High St. The public is cordially invited.

The drama written by Ernest K. Emurian has a cast of 13 men. The men will portray the 12 disciples of Christ, as well as Jesus. Participants are Lincoln Blake, Jack Brady, John Cameron, Bob Coller, Mike Dassatt, Tim Hall, Mike Lawson, Randy Mailloux, Bob Melvin, Ted Menard, Frank Riley, Jeff Spaulding and Brian Williams.

The church will hold its Easter service Sunday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m.

Belfast United Methodist Church

BELFAST — The Belfast United Methodist Church will host a Maundy Thursday service, Thursday, April 21, at 6 p.m. at the church at 23 Mill Lane.

The church will hold two services Easter Sunday, April 24, one at 8 a.m., and the other at 10:30 a.m.

Quaker Hill Christian Church

UNITY — Quaker Hill Christian Church invites everyone to the special Easter weekend festivities.

Good Friday Service will be April 22, beginning at 6 p.m. with quiet prayer time, followed by a time of praise and worship at 7 p.m. “The Passion” will be shown at 9 p.m.

Easter Sunday, April 24 begins with a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., followed by a potluck breakfast. The Easter morning service will be held at special time this week only 9-10:30 a.m.

In addition, Quaker Hill Christian Church will host a men’s prayer breakfast Saturday, April 16 at 8 a.m. Come for a hearty breakfast and special time for prayer and fellowship. The breakfast is free.

For additional information, contact Pastor Mike Senecal at 491-5080 and timesten@roadrunner.com.

St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church

BELFAST — The Greater Bay Area Ministerium’s Good Friday Service will be at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church on Friday, April 22 at 6 p.m. It will be in the tradition of Taizé.

Taizé is an ecumenical French monastic community with a worship tradition that is a quiet service of meditation, reflection, readings and music. Taizé music consists of short repetitive refrains in simple, beautiful melodies and harmonies.

At the service, the organist will play the melody through once, then the GBAM Good Friday Taizé Choir will sing it through once. The congregation and the choir then will sing the piece several times.

For more information, contact 338-2412 or visit stmargaretsbelfast.org

St. Margaret’s will also host an Agape meal at 6 p.m. Maundy Thursday, April 21, and a Good Friday liturgy at 12:15 p.m. Friday, April 22.

On Easter Sunday, April 24, the church will host several services: a community sunrise service at 5:30 a.m. at the Belfast Boathouse, then Festive Holy Eucharist services at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m., at the church.

St. Margaret’s is at 95 Court St.

Knox Ridge Baptist Church

KNOX — Knox Ridge Baptist Church at 115 Knox Ridge North announced its schedule for Easter services Sunday, April 24. All are welcome.

A sunrise service will be at 6:30 a.m. and breakfast will be served at 7 a.m. Sunday School commences at 9:30 a.m., the morning service is at 10:45 a.m. and the evening service is at 6:30 p.m.

Midcoast Christian Fellowship

BELFAST — Midcoast Christian Fellowship, at 21 Patterson Hill Road, will hold its Easter service at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 24.

Jehovah’s Witnesses

AUGUSTA — Approximately 2,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses from Central Maine will gather Sunday, April 24, for Special Assembly Day.

This annual event will be at the Civic Center, 76 Community Drive. The scriptural theme for this assembly will be: “Take Refuge in Jehovah.” Psalm 118:8,9

Sessions featuring talks and interviews will start at 9:40 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m.

Geoffrey Jackson from World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses will speak Sunday morning on “Imitate Jehovah in Providing Refuge.” Sunday afternoon, he will speak on “Our Spiritual Paradise-Jehovah’s Provision for Refuge.”

Paul Paradis from Fairfield will give a Sunday afternoon talk titled “Is Your Home a Haven of Delight?”

The public is cordially invited to attend all sessions. Admission is free; no collections will be taken.

For more information, contact Dennis Snelling at 207-445-3070.

United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center

LINCOLNVILLE — The United Christian Church in Lincolnville Center invites the community to experience Holy Week by offering five services to be led by Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet, church pastor.

On Thursday, April 21, there will be a Maundy Thursday Service at 6 p.m., which will include a light meal and a symbolic hand-washing. Pastor Stonestreet quoted Benedictine nun Joan Chittister who said “Holy Thursday teeters on the precipice of life. It gives us a glimpse into both the best and the worst of what it is to be a feeling, living person. It sends us careening between great joy and great confusion.”

On Friday, April 22, Good Friday Services will be held at noon and 6 p.m. At the noon service, the story of Jesus’ Passion from the Gospel of Matthew will be read. At the 6 p.m. service, the story of the Passion from the Gospel of John will be read. Pastor Stonestreet said, “This service will be a somber reminder of how hard it is to be a compassionate human being in the midst of the great inhumanity which hides within all of us.”

On Easter Sunday, April 24, there will be a Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. at the boat ramp on Norton Pond in Lincolnville Center and a family worship service at 9:30 a.m. at the church.

The United Christian Church is a community church affiliated with the United Church of Christ. It was built in 1821 and is on the National Registry of Historical Places. Architectural features include the original boxed pews, lead glass windows, lower and upper balconies. The church is located at 18 Searsmont Road, Rt. 173, in Lincolnville Center. All are welcome. For further information call Pastor Stonestreet at 763-4526.