The observance of Holy Week and Easter at First United Methodist Church of Montgomery is one of the most moving experiences I have personally witnessed in my life and ministry. The rich traditions of our remembrance and celebration of the holiest week in the Christian year are powerful and deeply meaningful. We will walk with Jesus once more, from his Triumphal Entry into the Holy City of Jerusalem, to the Upper Room as we gather at the table, and to a hill called Calvary where we will recall his passion and death for the entire world. We will go with the women to the tomb and hear those words of the angel, “He is not here. He is risen!” And we will tell all that Jesus lives again!-Dr. Pridgeon
Lenten Lunch – Wednesday, April 12
Join us for our final Lenten Lunch of the season this Wednesday for a time of food, fellowship, music, and a message from a familiar face. Rev. Allen Newton, Demopolis District Superintendent, will be our speaker this week. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall for $6. The program will begin at 12:05 p.m. and conclude by 12:45 p.m. For lunch, our kitchen will serve pulled pork BBQ, baked beans, and coleslaw.
Family Journey Through Holy Week – Wednesday, April 12
Children, youth, and their parents are invited to experience Holy Week in a new and powerful way. Walk through three stations, Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday, to remember and re-live firsthand the events of this sacred week. Families will go through the stations at their own pace – seeing, smelling, tasting, and hearing how it would have felt to be there with Jesus. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and their children to learn about Holy Week together. Join us at 6:00 p.m. in the gym.
Maundy Thursday – April 13
We will have two services at 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. in our sanctuary as we remember Jesus gathering together with his disciples for a last supper together. The Reverend John O. Blount will offer the message. The service will include a celebration of Holy Communion, as well as a time of prayer in the Garth (located between the Sanctuary and Education Building), recalling how Jesus and the disciples went to the Garden of Gethsemane after the meal in the Upper Room.
Good Friday – April 14
A Good Friday service will be held at 7:00 p.m. We will remember Jesus’ death upon the cross through liturgy, music, meditations, the stripping of the altar, and a Service of Darkness led by the Adult Ensemble.
Children’s Easter Celebration & Egg Hunt – Saturday, April 15
Hop on over to the front lawn for eggciting games, crafts, food, and fun for the entire family.
Zaxby’s picnic lunches (while they last) for $3. Bring lawn chairs and your camera for a picture with the Easter bunny. Children of all ages through second grade are invited to participate in the fun! In case of rain, the fun will move indoors. 3rd-5th grade children are invited to help. The celebration will last from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Easter Egg Hunts: 11:30-11:45 for age 5 & under | 11:45-12:00 for K-2nd grade
Easter Sunday – April 16
We will celebrate four worship services on Easter Sunday. We will gather at 7:00 a.m. in the Garth for the Easter Sunrise Service. The Reverend Gillian L. Walters will offer the message. We will have three worship services in our sanctuary at 8:30, 9:45, and 11:00 a.m. as we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and declare to all that Jesus lives in this most powerful service of the year.
Photo by Mary Catherine Phillips