During Holy Week, eight area congregations are sponsoring an Ecumenical Labyrinth, hosted by Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church at 1712 Willow Drive in Chapel Hill.
This hand-crafted canvas labyrinth, a replica of the labyrinth on the floor of Chartes Cathedral in France, was laid out in the Binkley sanctuary on Palm Sunday.
Hours today and Thursday are from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Hours on Good Friday are 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Walking the labyrinth is an ancient spiritual practice that provides opportunity to pray and to grow in awareness of God's presence.
The community is invited to attend the 7 a.m. sunrise service on Easter Sunday at New Hope Presbyterian Church, 4701 NC 86, between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.
The Chancel Choir will sing, accompanied by instrumentalists from the church who will also play for the 11 a.m. worship service.
After the sunrise service, all are invited to a hearty breakfast and an Easter egg hunt. Men of the church will prepare breakfast that includes eggs, sausage and bacon, grits, fruit, biscuits as well as doughnuts and Maple View milk and butter with jam and jelly. The egg hunt will start at 9 a.m.
Holy Communion will be celebrated at both the sunrise service and the regular worship service.
Elder Samantha Robinson of Fire Chosen Ministries in Pittsboro will be guest speaker at 6:30 p.m. Easter Sunday for a joint Youth Adult Revival, sponsored by Mt. Zion and Haw River Baptist churches.
Mt. Zion, 530 Lystra Church Road, is the host church where the Rev. Larry Neal is senior pastor. The Rev. Junious Jones is pastor of Haw River.
Rebirth and renewal
All are invited to observe this season of rebirth and renewal at Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road, with opportunities for spiritual reflection and contemplation.
A Good Friday service is set from noon to 2 p.m. and will include music, meditations, special readings, poetry and walking the labyrinth.
The 11 a.m. Easter Sunday service is kid-friendly and the celebration will include a message of joy and awakening. An Easter egg hunt will follow.
Unity Center is part of the New thought movement that embraces a positive path for spiritual living.
Fairview Baptist Church will host its third annual Resurrection Drive-Through from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Visitors to this free event will be transported back to the time of Jesus' death and resurrection. Guests will view six scenes featuring actors portraying the Easter story, starting with the Last Supper and ending with the empty tomb.
Every year the congregation devotes countless hours to prepare for the live Resurrection Drive-Through. Volunteers serve as actors, build sets, design costumes, set up lights and direct traffic in order to share the message of Jesus' sacrifice and triumphant resurrection.
“The reason for creating the drive-through drama is to draw attention to the real meaning of Easter and to glorify our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” said Hoyt Shuford, pastor of the church.
Fairview Baptist is located at 660 Cornelius St. (U.S. 70 East) in Hillsborough.
St. Benedict’s Anglican Catholic Church, 870 Weaver Dairy Road, will have a 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday service that begins joyfully and celebrates the institution by Christ of the Eucharist. After that, worshipers enter into the sorrows that will lead to Jesus' agony in the garden and the crucifixion. During the reading of Psalm 22 as a lamentation, the altar will be stripped.
On Good Friday, the altar is completely bare, the bells don't ring again until Sunday morning when Christians enter into the joy of the resurrection. Good Friday observances are at noon and 6 p.m.
The Easter Eve Vigil on Saturday is at 5 p.m. and Easter Sunday services are at 8:30 and 10 a.m.
Holy Week services at University Presbyterian Church, 209 E. Franklin St., include 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday with celebration of Holy Communion. A 7:30 p.m. Service of Tenebrae is set on Good Friday.
Two Easter Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. will include One Great Hour of Sharing, a special offering that supports the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, the Self-Development of People Program and the Presbyterian Hunger Program.
The community is invited to attend these Easter services.
The Maundy Thursday service at United Church of Chapel Hill, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., will help worshipers remember Jesus' new covenant “that you love one another.”
The Rev. Richard Edens, co-senior pastor, will lead the 7:30 p.m. service that includes the Chamber Singers and the United Church String Ensemble.
During the 5 p.m. Good Friday service, the congregation will walk in procession, led by the Rev. Susan Steinberg, to different places in the church building or on the grounds to participate in scenes from the last days of Jesus in Jerusalem.
Along the journey, participants will hear from characters, sing songs, pray and remember. This event is designed to be accessible to all ages.
A 7:30 p.m. Good Friday Taize service will be quiet and meditative. It is organized around congregational singing from the liturgies of the Taize Christian Community, an international and ecumenical community based in the village of Taize in southern France.
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