Getting ready for Easter at the Highlands Congregational Church in Melrose
The congregation of the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church (355 Franklin Street, Melrose) welcomes everyone to join in these events being planned for the pre-Easter period and then especially for the joyous celebration on Easter Sunday.
Sunday, March 6: The Other America: Religion and Culture in Appalachia.
A Presentation by Student Minister Ashley Werkheiser on March 6, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM. Come learn about this unique region of our country, based on her recent seminary class in the mountains of North Carolina! Light refreshments will be served.
Sunday, March 20: Palm Sunday. There will be a Blessing of the Palms at the Peace Pole on the church lawn at 10:00 AM, followed by a procession into the sanctuary (snow permitting).
Monday, March 21: Holy Week Yoga and the Labyrinth
On Monday evening at 7 PM in Fellowship Hall we will begin with a gentle yoga class on the Labyrinth. We then roll up our mats for a candlelit walk. As we walk inward on the Labyrinth, we return to our center, to our Self. On our return, we walk outward on the labyrinth, carrying our light to the world. (More information about labyrinths can be found at http://www.mhcc-ucc.org/the-labyrinth-at-mhcc.html.) Please bring your own yoga mat.
Thursday, March 24: Maundy Thursday Union Service.
6:30 PM Fellowship Hall, Soup Supper
7 PM Sanctuary Service of Tenebrae
Our Confirmation class and Worship Team will lead this Union Service. We join with our brothers and sisters from First Congregational Church to sing, pray, remember the Last Supper, and experience the darkness of the crucifixion and the sealed tomb. This contemplative time of worship will help everyone appreciate more fully what God has done in and through the suffering and resurrection of Christ.
Friday, March 25: Good Friday–Labyrinth Walk with Stations of the Cross. The Labyrinth at MHCC will be open from 12:00 noon to 6:00 PM. This labyrinth experience of the Stations of the Cross integrates a sensory and symbolic experience of the Passion. More information about labyrinths and walks at the Highlands can be found at http://www.mhcc-ucc.org/the-labyrinth-at-mhcc.html.
Sunday, March 27: Easter. The day of joy begins with the 6:15 AM ecumenical Sunrise Service at Mt. Hood. The 10:00 AM worship service in the Highlands sanctuary celebrates the Resurrection. Join us as the cross is transformed into a thing of beauty. Following the service, there will be an Easter egg hunt for the children. All are invited.