Join us for Holy Week at First Baptist Church in Beverly, as together we move from the joyful shouts of hosanna! of Palm Sunday to the poignant reading of the Passion story on Maundy Thursday, to the sorrow of Good Friday, the quiet peace of Holy Saturday, and then to the joyful exuberance of Easter Sunday.
All Holy Week events are open to all, and you can find more information about all of our upcoming events on our Calendar page.
Here’s a run-down of what’s happening for Holy Week:
Palm Sunday, April 9th
8:30 a.m. – Senior High Youth Fellowship hosts a Pancake Breakfast, open to all! This event is a fundraiser for the youth ministries of the church. The youth will be serving until 10:30 a.m. – please come and support them and enjoy a delicious breakfast!
9:30 a.m. – The Adult Bible Study Class will be participating in part 1 of a two-part Palm Sunday event on Understanding our Muslim Neighbors. All are welcome to join them.
11:00 a.m. – Palm Sunday worship! The service will begin with a Procession of Palms by our children, youth, and their teachers (please arrive in the Lounge at 10:50 a.m. to prepare for the procession) and will close with the entire congregation singing and waving palm branches are we recall the triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
6:30 p.m. – Understanding Our Muslim Neighbors event, open to all.
Maundy Thursday, April 13th
4:00 p.m. – Baptism Class Retreat
7:00 p.m. – Tenebrae Service featuring the reading of the Passion and the sharing of Communion. Tenebrae is Latin for shadows or darkness, and this beautiful and reflective service moves from light into darkness as we share in the reading of the Passion story and remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples, as well as his betrayal as he prayed in the Garden. All are welcome to join us for this moving service. Our baptism candidates will serve as readers in the service.
Good Friday, April 14th
8:00 p.m. – Mozart’s Requiem at First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church. Members of our First Baptist Church choir will join with members of other choirs from all over Beverly to perform this beautiful and haunting Requiem. This beautiful concert is free and open to the public. Robert F. Littlefield, Minister of Music Emeritus of First Baptist Church and current Music Director at First Parish Church, will direct.
Easter, April 16th
5:45 a.m. – Ecumenical Sunrise Service at Lynch Park. Come and greet the Risen One as you watch the beauty of the sun rising over the ocean. All are welcome to this community service of joy and celebration!
9:15 a.m. – Pot Luck Breakfast and Celebration. Join us for a celebratory pot luck breakfast (please feel free to bring a nut-free breakfast item or a drink to share) and games in Wilbur Hall. This event is open to the wider community.
10:15 a.m. – Easter Egg Hunt for children. Rain or shine, we will be hunting for eggs and having fun! This event is open to the wider community.
11:00 a.m. – Easter Sunday Worship! Join us for beautiful music, a celebratory handbell procession, inspired preaching, and witnessing the Ordinance of Baptism as our young baptism candidates profess their faith before family and friends and walk through the waters of baptism. There will be a Stepsitters message for all children during the service, and Nursery Care for our youngest children will be provided throughout the service. The service will conclude with a Choral Benediction in which members of the congregation are welcome to join the choir in the singing of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. Come and worship the Risen One!
We are a Welcoming and Affirming American Baptist Church at which all people are truly welcome and where all people are loved and valued as the unique and beautifully created children of God that they are.
We invite you to come and spend Holy Week with us – and to bring your family or your friends!
If you have questions or would like more information about our Holy Week events or about the life of the church in general, please email email@example.com.