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Local Holy Week services continue through Sunday


  • By Winston Skinner
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  • Apr. 14, 2017 - 2:36 AM

Local Holy Week services continue through Sunday

The Newnan Times-Herald

This is Holy Week, and area churches have full calendars.

At some churches, there are five or more events on the calendar between now and dusk on Sunday. Today is Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, when Christians recall the beginnings of communion at the Last Supper. Footwashing is sometimes part of the Maundy Thursday worship experience, too.

Two of the most dramatic Holy Week events will take place tomorrow, which is Good Friday, the day Christians remember the crucifixion of Jesus.

Hispanic members at St. George Catholic Church will present Live Stations of the Cross on Friday at 3 p.m. Parishioners will enact the crucifixion and events leading to it.

Members at First United Methodist Church in downtown will again present their Cross Walk tomorrow at 5 p.m. Members will meet in the church sanctuary and then take turns transporting a large wooden cross through downtown.

A time of worship – including communion – will follow.

The Easter Drive-Thru at Cornerstone United Methodist Church begins tonight and continues Friday and Saturday from 6-9:30 p.m. Biblical scenes are recreated at the church, as motorists ride through listening to narration on a CD. Boom boxes are available for those without a CD player in their vehicles.

Several Easter egg hunts are planned for the next few days. A helicopter egg drop, sponsored by Crossroads Church, will be held at Shoemake Stadium at East Coweta High School on Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Planners hope to drop 40,000 eggs onto the grass expanse. Games, crafts, music and food trucks will be on site. The actual drop is scheduled for 12:15 p.m.

McIntosh Reserve near Whitesburg will offer an egg hunt, as well

as inflatables and train rides for children up to age 12, from noon-3 p.m. The egg hunt will start promptly at 2.

There also will be face painting, food and music. Admission to the park is $5 per vehicle. The egg hunt will be held in the main field along the river. Inflatables and the train

rides are free, but face painting and food will be for sale.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park will offer Easter Eggcitement at the Bend on Saturday from 1:30-2:30 p.m. There will be 1,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs, and the Easter bunny will be visiting.

Cost is $3 for the egg hunt, $3 for a chalk contest and $5 for parking.

Events on the calendar today are:

• 12:15 and 7 p.m., Joint Maundy Thursday, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City will join the Lutherans for the services.

• 6 p.m., Maundy Thursday Worship/Reflection, First United Methodist Church, Newnan.

• 6 p.m. Holy Thursday Mass, St. George Catholic Church.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Resurrection Lutheran Church.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday Communion Service, sanctuary, Newnan Presbyterian Church.

• 7 p.m., Holy Thursday Service, Newnan Chapel United Methodist Church, 72 Robinson St. Symbolic footwashing will be part of the service.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Word of God Lutheran Church, 303 Kelly Drive, Peachtree City. The Holden Evening Prayer service, holy communion and stripping of the altar will be elements of worship.

• 7 p.m., Maundy Thursday, Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak.

• 7 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper/Rite of Foot Washing, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3 Village Road.

• 7:30 p.m., Easter Revival, Mt. Vernon First Baptist Church, Pinson Street.

• 8 p.m., Spanish Holy Thursday Mass, St. George Catholic Church.

On the schedule for Friday are:

• 10 a.m., Scriptural Rosary, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3 Village Road.

• Noon, Station of the Cross, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

• Noon, Stations of the Cross, St. George Catholic Church.

• 12:10 p.m., The Seven Last Words, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3 Village Road.

• 1 p.m., Tenebrae, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3 Village Road.

• 1 p.m., Seven Last Words, St. George Catholic Church.

• 2 p.m., Tenebrae, St. George Catholic Church.

• 2 p.m., Scriptural Stations of the Cross/Divine Mercy, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3 Village Road.

• 6 p.m., Egg Hunt, Welcome Road Baptist Church.

• 6:30 p.m., Good Friday Communion, Change Church, Grantville.

• 7 p.m., Passion/Veneration of the Cross, St. George Catholic Church.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday, cornerstone courtyard, Newnan Presbyterian Church.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday, Resurrection Lutheran Church.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday Liturgy, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

• 7 p.m., Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 3 Village Road.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday Tenebrae, Word of God Lutheran Church, Peachtree City.

• 7 p.m., Good Friday, Clark Chapel United Methodist Church, Luthersville.

• 7:30 p.m., Good Friday, Mt. Vernon First Baptist Church, Pinson Street.

• 7 p.m., Flashlight Egg Hunt, Unity Baptist Church, 311 Smokey Road.

• 8 p.m., Tenebrae, Christ Our Shepherd Lutheran Church. The service will include the procession of the cross, reproaches from the cross, and music of Jesus’ Passion by the sanctuary choir and instrumentalists.