Observe Holy Week and Easter with us

Posted By EmmanuelUMC on Mar 18, 2024 |

From Palms to Passion, Sunday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.  Experience Jesus’ final week on earth through this special service, featuring the Procession of Palms, special music and Scripture readings.


Passover Seder Meal, Sunday, March 24, 4:00 p.m., Social Hall

Come and participate in a Passover Meal to learn about and experience this sacred tradition of the Jewish faith, a ritual that Jesus and his disciples would have observed with their families throughout their lives, and that Jews worldwide continue to celebrate today. This is a worship and learning experience that includes the Seder meal, a dinner of traditional Passover foods, and an exploration of the important parallels between the Passover observance and its fulfillment in the coming of Christ.  To help cover the cost of the food, a donation of $10/person is suggested and may be given at the meal. Reservations are required by Wednesday, March 20. Please call or email the church office (434-946-7624; office@emmanuelamherst.org).




From Gethsemane to Golgotha: A Service of Shadows for Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7:00 p.m. Join us for a traditional Holy Thursday Tenebrae Service of Shadows featuring prayer, Scripture readings, Lenten hymns, special music and Holy Communion with a progression of darkness as Good Friday approaches. All are welcome.  A love offering for local missions will be collected.


A Self-Guided Prayer Walk for Good Friday, March 29, 5:00-7:00 p.m.  Join others in small groups for this special opportunity to enrich your Holy Week observance. Begin the walk at the front of the church where you will receive a guidebook and instructions for the walk. Chairs will be available at the various prayer stations set up around the lawn. Groups may start the walk every 15 minutes continually throughout the time. The amount of time needed to complete the walk depends on how long you choose to spend at each station. Come and go as you are able. In case of rain, an indoor alternative prayer time will be provided in the Sanctuary at 6:00 p.m.

Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on the Church Lawn, Saturday, March 30, 10:00 a.m., Preschool thru Grade 5: Calling all kids, grandkids, young friends and neighbors to come out for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt and visit with the Easter Bunny. Refreshments, activities and games on the lawn will follow the hunt. The congregation is encouraged to bring bags of individually wrapped candies for the hunt and place them in the narthex tub by Sunday, March 24. Any help we can get with refreshments on the day of the event would be most appreciated (finger foods, kid-friendly snacks and treats, etc.) Bring your items to the church kitchen before the hunt.  The event will take place indoors if raining.


Easter Sunday, March 31, 7:00 a.m. Easter “Son”Rise Service at Amherst Cemetery followed by our Annual Easter Breakfast in the church Fellowship Hall. Please come and bring friends and family with you! If it rains, the service will be held in our Sanctuary. Our church family is encouraged to volunteer to bring breakfast foods by signing up for the items listed on the sheet posted at the back of the Sanctuary.

10:30 a.m. Resurrection Celebration in Worship The congregation is invited to bring fresh flowers to decorate the Easter Living Cross before the worship service. Invite others to join us as we worship our risen Lord!