First Posted: 4/4/2012
Easter brings a variety of Christian services and events to local places of worship seeking to remember death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. One such event, held by Countryside Community Church, demonstrates literally Jesus' command in the Gospels to believers to "take up your cross and follow me."
According to Pastor Jean-Pierre Duncan, the congregation will assemble at the current church building on Church Hill Road for a "Cross Walk." From there, members will take turns with about eight people at a time carrying the wooden cross to the Church's new site about a mile away on Orchard Drive.
Duncan said this is the church members' chance to "visibly demonstrate to the community what they are about in Jesus Christ."
"We are extremely excited," he said, "because of all the hope we have because of what we've been doing here as a new church."
The church's Easter events will begin on Holy Thursday with a service, including Holy Communion, a foot washing and a choir performance of "When You Prayed Beneath the Trees," a song which Duncan said follows the same theme as his sermon, focusing on Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Instead of a benediction that night, Duncan said the church's worship time will not stop, but come to a recess. It will resume the next day for the Cross Walk, and after that, recess again until Sunday morning, when they plan to hold an outdoor sunrise service at the new church building at 7:30 a.m. The regular Easter morning service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the current building.
Duncan said Countryside Community Church hopes to be an inspiration to the community, not only to bring up the attendance there, but to encourage people to attend their own churches. He said he doesn't consider the competition to be other churches, but rather the evil forces of this world.
Some other local places of worship holding special Easter services and events include:
Clarks Green Assembly of God Church, 204 South Abington Rd., holding an ARRIVE Children's Ministry Family Movie Night, featuring the new animated family Easter movie "The Lion of Judah," Holy Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and a Service of Celebration of Jesus' Resurrection Easter Sunday at 11 a.m.
Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, 1310 Morgan Highway, holding an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. and regular Easter morning services at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.
Country Alliance Church, 14014 Orchard Drive, Clarks Summit, holding an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. with breakfast to follow at 7 a.m. and regular Sunday Worship at 9 a.m.
Evangelical Free Bible Church, 431 Carbondale Road, Clarks Summit, holding a Good Friday Fish Dinner (free to guests) at 6 p.m. and a regular Easter Sunday service at 10:15 a.m.
First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, 300 School St., holding a Maundy Thursday Service Of Tenebrae at 7:30; a AEM Good Friday service from noon - 1 p.m., with the sanctuary remaining open until 3 p.m. for meditation and prayer; Easter Sunday worship and Communion services at both 9 and 11:15 a.m. services; and an Easter egg hunt Sunday at 10:15 a.m. in Fellowship Hall, along with a coffee hour for members and friends.
Our Lady of the Snows, 301 South State Street, Clarks Summit, and The Church of St. Benedict, 1845 Newton Ransom Blvd., holding a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict; Good Friday service at 7 p.m. at St. Benedict; Holy Saturday service at 8 p.m. at St. Benedict; and four Masses on Sunday at both locations.
Parker Hill Community Church, Clarks Summit Campus, 607 N. Abington Rd., and Dickson City Campus, 933 Scranton Carbondale Highway, holding a Good Friday Open Chapel Experience at both locations from 5 - 8 p.m.; a Good Friday Edition of Kid's Jam, focused on the death of Christ, for students grades Kindergarten through five and their parents, at the Dickson City Campus at 6 and 7:30 p.m.; Easter Celebration Services at Dickson City Campus on Holy Saturday at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and at both campuses on Easter Sunday at 8, 9:30 and 11:15 a.m.
The Church of the Epiphany, 25 Church Hill, Glenburn Township, holding a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. with Holy Eucharist and stripping of the alter; a Good Friday Tenebrae service at 8 p.m.; a Holy Saturday service with Holy Eucharist and Great Vigil of Easter at 8 p.m.; and regular Easter Sunday services at 8 and 10:30 a.m.
Waverly Community Church, 101 Carbondale Rd., holding a regular Easter morning service beginning with a children's object lesson at 11 a.m., and a free egg hunt, puppet show and craft for children 10 and younger April 7 from 10 - 11 a.m.
Waverly United Methodist Church, 105 Church St., holding a Passover Remembrance Meal on Holy Thursday at 6 p.m., a Tenebrae service on Good Friday at 7 p.m., and regular Easter morning service at 10:30 a.m.