On Easter, worshipers in Millbrook Baptist’s sunrise service won’t sit in pews or on chairs; they’ll be walking through the church’s labyrinth, located in a quiet garden behind the church. The labyrinth is a winding and spiral path to the center of a stone area that represents the twists and turns of life.
“The Easter service won’t look like a traditional sunrise service. It will be individual and quiet with a time to meditate on scripture during the walk,” said Carolyn McClendon, a member of the labyrinth committee at the church.
The service will begin at 7 a.m. with a prayer and a call to worship. Worshipers can walk through the labyrinth at their own pace as the sun rises, and journals will be available to anyone who wants to reflect on their experience through writing. Worshipers will then gather for a closing prayer.
In the 11 a.m. Easter service, the pastor will lead the congregation from the sanctuary to the labyrinth for a butterfly release in the garden.
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The labyrinth was built in 2002 through a churchwide effort led by church member Anne Fishburn. She has since passed away, and the labyrinth is dedicated in her memory with a stone at the entrance.
The labyrinth is open to the public, and someone is almost always walking it during the day, with many people visiting several times a week, McClendon said. A guided walk is offered from 5 to 6 p.m. the second Sunday of each month.
“For me personally, our labyrinth is a sacred space and holy space. It is where I have felt peace, response and answers from God,” McClendon said. “When things look tough or very bleak, I can often find God in the labyrinth.”
Millbrook Baptist Church is located at 1519 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit millbrookbaptistchurch.org or call 919-876-1519.
Living Last Supper at Ephesus Baptist
The day listed in last week’s column for Ephesus Baptist Church’s free, annual reenactment of the Last Supper was incorrect. The event is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Ephesus Baptist Church, 6767 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. For more information, call 919-851-1928.
Pleasant Grove United Methodist cantata
The Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Chancel Choir is performing an Easter cantata called “The Shadow of the Cross: A Contemporary Tenebrae Service” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the church, 4415 Pleasant Grove Church, Raleigh. Child care will be provided. For more information, call 919-787-7763.
Easter pageant at First Cosmopolitan Baptist
First Cosmopolitan Baptist Church is performing its annual Easter pageant at 7 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the church, 1515 Crosslink Road, Raleigh. This is the 15th year that the drama ministry of the church has performed the Bible-based play. The performance chronicles the events of the death and resurrection of Jesus. For more information, call 919-833-3283.
Richland Creek Good Friday events
Richland Creek Community Church will hold a Good Friday communion service at noon Friday, April 6, at the church, 3229 Burlington Mills Road, Wake Forest.
The church is also hosting its free Easter Egg Hunt and Block Party at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 7. Children can hunt for eggs, play games, bounce on the moonwalk and enjoy hot chocolate. For more information, call 919-556-9292.
Crossroads Fellowship Good Friday and Easter Events
Crossroads Fellowship is holding Good Friday services from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the Millbrook campus at 2721 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, and at the Wake Forest-Rolesville campus at 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest. The sermon will be titled “THR3E: It is Finished,” and child care for children younger than 2 will be provided.
Both campuses will hold an 8 a.m. service Easter Sunday in addition to the 9:15 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. An African Ministry Worship service will also be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, in the chapel at the Millbrook campus. For more information, call 919-981-0222.
Raleigh Moravian Church Holy Week services
Raleigh Moravian Church is continuing its Holy Week services at 7:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday and on Good Friday. An Easter dawn service will be at 6:45 a.m. Sunday, April 8, in the Moravian God’s Acre section of Historic Oakwood Cemetery in downtown Raleigh. Breakfast will be served before traditional Easter service at 10 a.m. at the church, 1816 Ridge Road, Raleigh. For more information, visit www.raleighmoravian.org or call 919-787-4034.
Faith Harvest Good Friday and Easter events
Faith Harvest Church is holding an overnight prayer service beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the church. From Friday to Sunday, members of the youth and college and career groups will be walking through neighborhoods to raise money for a student enter. An Easter service with egg hunt will be held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 8, at the church, 4737 Willeva Drive, Wake Forest. For more information, visit www.faith-harvest.org.
Easter sunrise service on Capitol lawn
The community is invited to a multidenominational Easter sunrise service from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. on the east lawn of the Capitol. The service will be led by clergy from Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, First Presbyterian Church, First Baptist Church Wilmington Street, First Baptist Church Salisbury Street, Davie Street Presbyterian Church and Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Music will be provided by William Peace University Quintet and the Raleigh Concert Band.
Worshipers should bring their own lawn chair to the service. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. In case of rain, the service will be held in the First Baptist Church Wilmington Street sanctuary.
Bishop preaching at Church of the Good Shepherd
Right Rev. Michael B. Curry will preach at the 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Easter services at Church of the Good Shepherd, 125 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Curry is the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. For more information, call 919-831-2018.
Jack Crum conference on Prophetic Ministry
The community is invited to the fourth annual Jack Crum conference on Prophetic Ministry from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 14, at Fairmont United Methodist Church, 2501 Clark Ave., Raleigh. The theme is “For a Time Such As This: Embracing God’s Call to Protect All North Carolina Families,” and the conference will focus on Amendment One. This year’s keynote speaker is state Rep. Deborah Ross. Rev. Reggie Longcrier of Hickory will be the conference preacher.
Advance registration is $25; the fee is $30 on the day of the event. Student registration is $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Make checks out to MFSA-NC and mail to MFSA NC c/o Henry Jarrett P.O. Box 18311, Raleigh, NC 27619-8311. The conference is sponsored and organized by the N.C. Conference chapter of Methodist Federation for Social Action and co-sponsored by the N.C. Council of Churches, the state chapter of the NAACP and the Coalition to Protect All North Carolina Families. For more information, contact Henry Jarrett at 919-606-5674 or firstname.lastname@example.org.