Events, services for Holy Week and Easter

By Carolyn Zachary | Apr 08, 2019

Following are religious services and traditional events occurring around Waldo County this Easter season. Please note that all are welcome at all of the houses of worship.

Maundy Thursday, April 18

6 p.m. light meal of soup and bread, as well as a re-telling/remembering of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples in the First Church in Belfast's upper room/Fellowship Hall at 55 Spring St.

6 p.m. Last Supper service at Frankfort Congregational Church, 42 Main Road S. This service celebrates both Maundy Thursday and Good Friday with communion and a Tenebrae service. Tenebrae means shadows, and Matthew’s account of the Passion of our Lord, reflects the growing shadows of sin and this world’s darkness gathering around the cross. The evening begins with a dinner of soup and bread, followed by communion, and ends with the service of shadows.

6 p.m. dinner service at Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane.

6 p.m. Agape Feast, followed by Holy Eucharist in the Parish Hall of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast. The Agape Feast dates to apostolic times and is a simple, potluck meal of soup, bread, cheese, olives and fruit.

6 p.m. service with communion and a talk on Judas Iscariot at First Baptist Church, 95 High St., Belfast.

6:30 p.m., Unity United Methodist Church, 13 Depot St.

7 p.m., Tenebrae service at United Christian Church, 30 Searsmont Road, Lincolnville Center, with communion, readings, and the extinguishing of candles.

7 p.m. communion service at First Congregational Church of Brooks, 22 Veterans Highway, with candle lighting, and stations of the cross with scripture readings.

Good Friday, April 19

Noon, Good Friday liturgy at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast, with the Passion Story from John’s Gospel, and Solemn Collects. Holy Eucharist with music follows.

Noon to 6 p.m., United Christian Church at 30 Searsmont Road, Lincolnville Center, will be open for prayer and quiet reflection.

6 p.m. Ecumenical service at First Baptist Church, 95 High St., Belfast, sponsored by the Greater Bay Area Ministerium. All are welcome.

6:30 p.m. service at St. Francis of Assisi, 81 Court St., Belfast.

6:30 p.m. service at Unity United Methodist Church, 13 Depot St.

7 p.m. service at First Congregational Church of Brooks, 22 Veterans Highway.

Saturday, April 20

9 to 11 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at Waldo County YMCA gym, sponsored by the First Church in Belfast and the YMCA, for toddlers through third-graders. Cost is $1 per person at the door, ages 1 and up. No candy will be given out. Plans include games, crafts, face painting, and age-appropriate hunts (four groups, toddler, preschool, K-1 and 2-3).

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at the Varney Building in Brooks with special Easter baskets and a visit from the Easter Bunny.

10 a.m. to noon, Egg Mania, a free community event sponsored by Morrill Baptist Church at Weymouth Elementary School, 2 S. Main St., Morrill. Egg hunt, food, music, bounce houses, face paint, lawn games and more.

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt at Fort Point Lighthouse, Stockton Springs, sponsored by Stockton Springs Community Builders. FMI, email sscommunitybuilders@gmail.com.

7:45 p.m. the Great Vigil of Easter at Nativity Lutheran Church, Rockport, for all in the Midcoast Region.

8 p.m. Easter Vigil at St. Francis of Assisi, 81 Court St., Belfast.

Easter Sunday, April 21

5:30 a.m. Ecumenical Easter sunrise service along the shore of Belfast Bay by the Belfast Boathouse, sponsored and led by Greater Bay Area Ministerium clergy and leaders. All are welcome. Note: Dress for the weather; this is held outdoors.

5:30 a.m. sunrise service by Stockton Springs Community Church at Sandy Point Beach, followed by a 6 a.m. breakfast in the Community Building and a 10 a.m. Easter worship service at the church, 20 Church St.

5:30 a.m. First Congregational Church of Brooks sunrise service at 181 Littlefield Road, Jackson, followed by fellowship and refreshments.

5:30 a.m. sunrise service conducted by Frankfort Congregational Church. Meet in the former parking lot of Freedom Motors, 287 Main Road S., Frankfort, at 5:30 a.m.; sunrise is set to happen at 5:42 a.m. Potluck breakfast follows in the church vestry at 42 Main Road S.

5:45 a.m. sunrise service conducted by Unity United Methodist Church, 13 Depot St., at the Gazebo across the street from the church, followed by Easter fellowship breakfast at 6:15 a.m.

6 to 8:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast at the First Church in Belfast, UCC, 104 Church St. Free-will offering for this annual meal.

8 a.m. Easter morning breakfast by donation at First Baptist Church, 95 High St., Belfast.

8 and 10:15 a.m. Festive Holy Eucharist at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church, 95 Court St., Belfast.

8:30 a.m. Easter praise and worship service at Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane.

8:30 a.m. service at St. Francis of Assisi, 81 Court St., Belfast.

9 a.m. Resurrection Sunday service at Frankfort Congregational Church, 42 Main Road S., celebrating the power of Christ’s resurrection.

9 and 11 a.m. services at Morrill Baptist Church, 26 S. Main St.

9:30 a.m. Easter worship service at First Baptist Church, 95 High St., Belfast.

9:30 a.m. worship service with the Wing and a Prayer Choir at United Christian Church, 30 Searsmont Road, Lincolnville Center.

10 a.m. worship service in the flower-adorned sanctuary of the First Church in Belfast, UCC, 104 Church St., to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and the promise of new life abundant. Trumpeter Peter Nesin will accompany the singing of hymns. The church choir, directed by Isaac Bray and accompanied by Amy Kercsmar, will perform Handel's "Jesus, the Christ, is Risen Today." A time of fellowship and Easter basket fun for kids will follow the service.

10 a.m. celebration of the resurrection at Unity United Methodist Church, 13 Depot St.

10:30 a.m. Easter Cantata service at Belfast United Methodist Church, 23 Mill Lane.

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On Easter Sunday at noon in Rockland, members of Adas Yoshuron Synagogue will host their annual Easter Community Dinner at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, corner of White and Limerock streets. The meal includes appetizers served at noon, main course at 1 p.m., with ham, sides, and an array of desserts. Many of the appetizers, trimmings and desserts are donated by local restaurants.

Meal coordinator Linda Garson Smith promises great food and good company for anyone who attends the traditional community event. The meal is free to the public; all are welcome. FMI: 594-4523 or info@adasyoshuron.org.

Editor's note: If you wish to include your church or organization's services or events in this roundup, email us ASAP at News@villagesoup.com.

 

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