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County churches planning special Easter services

Apr 11, 2014 - From staff reports

Holy Week events begin this weekend with Palm Sunday.

Area churches are planning multiple events to celebrate Holy Week, which begins this weekend on Palm Sunday and lasts through Easter on April 20.

Palm Sunday

The Neighborhood Alliance Church, 4440 Riverview Road, will show a video at 10 a.m. to kick off Palm Sunday. After the film, a processional of children will parade into the sanctuary carrying palms, and the service will begin.

The Palm Sunday service is at 10 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, too, at the intersection of North Sixth Street and East Park Avenue.

St. John Lutheran Church-goers will get up a little earlier for their Palm Sunday service at 9:30 a.m. at 606 N. Eighth St. W.

There are three choices for Palm Sunday celebrations at St. Margaret's Catholic Church, 622 E. Park Ave. In fact, the first opportunity comes during Mass at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Regular Palm Sunday services are scheduled for 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Sunday.

Two processionals with palms will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, 419 E. Park Ave., where services are scheduled for 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday. And in Shoshoni the pastor at First Baptist Church, 10 Sandy Drive, will deliver a Palm Sunday message at 11 a.m.

Maundy Thursday

The next stop on the Holy Week schedule is Maundy Thursday, when congregants gather in the evening to remember the Last Supper.

The first service of the evening will be at 6 p.m. at St. James Episcopal. The rest are at 7 p.m., at St. John Lutheran; Trinity Lutheran, with communion; St. Margaret's, with a Mass of the Lord's Supper; and United Methodist Church, 1116 W. Park Ave., with communion.

Good Friday

Friday of Holy Week commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. Many churches in the area will come together on Good Friday for a community service sponsored by the Riverton Ministerial Association at noon at St. John Lutheran. Later, St. John will host its own Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

A noon service also is scheduled at St. James Episcopal and at Trinity Lutheran; Trinity will have a second service at 7 p.m.

At 3 p.m. Good Friday, St. Margaret's will hold a celebration of the lord's passion. The United Methodist Church will remember Good Friday with a service based on the Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m. First Baptist in Shoshoni will have a 7 p.m. service as well.

Holy Saturday

Two churches will gather on the Saturday before Easter in Riverton. St. James will host a prayer service at 9 a.m., and St. Margaret's will have an Easter vigil beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Easter

The big day is April 20, when some church communities start celebrating Easter early in the morning.

Trinity Lutheran is planning a sunrise service at 6 a.m. followed by breakfast at 7 a.m. and services at 8:15 a.m. and 11 a.m., with Bible class in between at 9:45 a.m.

Easter begins at about 6:45 a.m. Sunday at the Wesley Bible Missionary Church, 800 S. Broadway Ave., with a service that will start in conjunction with the sunrise.

Members of the Pavillion Community United Methodist Church will gather at 7 a.m. Easter Sunday for a sunrise service at Ocean Lake. Signage will be posted on Missouri Valley Road, or call the church at 856-3460 for specific directions. After the service, the group will return to the church, 307 N. Main St. in Pavillion, for a carry-in breakfast at about 7:15 a.m. A regular Easter church service will follow at 9 a.m.

The United Presbyterian Church, 1101 N. Broadway Ave. in Riverton, also is planning an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m.

Mass is at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. at St. Margaret's and 10 a.m. at St. James in Riverton. First Baptist Church in Shoshoni will have its Easter celebration at 11 a.m.

People can spend all morning at Riverton United Methodist Church, where the first Easter service will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a free pancake breakfast at 9:15 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Donations will be collected during the meal, with contributions going to the Imagine No Malaria campaign. Another church service will take place at 10:30 a.m.

An egg hunt is part of the festivities at St. John Lutheran Church, where Easter breakfast begins at 8 a.m. Easter Sunday. Worship is at 9:30 a.m., and the hunt is on at 10:45 a.m.

The Neighborhood Alliance Church also is having an Easter egg hunt combined with a baby car seat check at 9 a.m. The Easter service is at 10 a.m.

More children will be searching for eggs at Way of the Cross Assembly of God, 635 S. Second St. W. Easter begins there at 9 a.m. with a breakfast, followed by the egg hunt at 9:30 a.m. Worship is at 10:30 a.m.

The Christian Church of Riverton, 1524 W. Main St., is planning breakfast at 8:30 a.m. on Easter with a service at 10 a.m. A similar schedule is in store for the Missouri Valley Church at the Missouri Valley Rec Center and Clubhouse, where a breakfast will take place 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Easter Sunday before an 11 a.m. service with special music.

The experience will be different this year at First Baptist Church, 840 N. First St., where a multimedia, contemporary worship experience will begin at 10:45 a.m. Easter Sunday. "Risen Redemption" will include a choir, skits, music, readings and an Easter egg hand-out with prizes for children at the end of the service.

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