Buchanan Area Ministerial Association Lenten service

The Buchanan Area Ministerial Association invites and encourages you to attend the remaining Lenten service at 7 p.m. on April 11 at New Beginnings Assembly of God. Pastor Randall Jackson will lead the service. Refreshments will be served.

Lenten service at Fincastle UMC

Fincastle United Methodist Church’s final Lenten service will be held April 5 in the Family Life Center, 137 S. Church Street. The 20-minute service begins at 12:05 p.m. and will be led by the Rev. Kathleen Overby Webster, District Superintendent, Roanoke District, United Methodist Church. Lunch will be Ham Biscuits, Potato Salad, Pea Salad, Fruit Salad, Deviled Eggs, Dessert. The service and meal are designed to last about one hour. Childcare will be provided. Takeout meals will be available. Everyone is invited.

Events at Springwood Baptist

The public is invited to events this month at Springwood Baptist Church:

April 9 – Annual Easter Egg Hunt during Sunday School from 9:45-11 a.m.

April 14 – Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.

April 16 – Easter Sunrise Service at 7 a.m. and regular 11 a.m. service

Easter services at Galatia

Galatia Evangelical Presbyterian Church invites the public to the following Easter services:

April 13, 7 p.m. – Maundy Thursday

April 16, 7 a.m. – Sunrise service with a potluck breakfast afterward; bring flowers for the cross

April 16 – 11 a.m. Sunday services with Pastor Greg

Maundy Thursday service, Good Friday cantata at Trinity UMC

Trinity United Methodist Church will host a Maundy Thursday Service on Thursday, April 13 at 7 p.m. Pastor Doug Mitchell will lead a service that reflects on the themes of Holy Week. The public is invited to attend.

Trinity United Methodist Choir will present a Good Friday cantata on Friday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The presentation will feature music, spoken word, prayers, and reflections focusing on the Passion and the crucifixion of Jesus. The choir will be joined by other guest musicians and soloists. The choir is accompanied by Keith Wood and directed by David Austin. The service is free to the public, all are invited. Trinity UMC is located on Main Street in Buchanan. For more information call 254-2696.

Have you seen my Son?’ at Virginia Presbyterian

Virginia Presbyterian Church on Pico Road will have a reader’s theater presentation called “Have you seen my Son?” at 7 p.m. Friday, April 14. It is a play based on the night Jesus was betrayed, tried and crucified.

Each character is a mother of one of the people who were with Jesus, not all but a few including Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Hearing the story of the events leading up to Easter from the mother’s perspective, reminds listeners that the disciples were real people not characters; they were born, raised by mothers, and struck out on the mission with Jesus.

Their journey was unusual, full of unknowns and dangers. It was not an easy life, but one they pursued with passion, and dedication. Putting a human touch to the story enhances the power of their testimony to the audience, how frail and timid they were at times, how scared they were at times, how they abandoned Jesus at this crucial time. Yet God welcomes them back and uses them to spread the good news, their voices echo through time until today. All are invited to come and hear this vivid account of Good Friday.

Easter activities at First Baptist of Fincastle

Easter Sunday services at First Baptist Church on April 16 are Sunday School, starting at 8:45 a.m., and the church service at 10 a.m. Everyone is invited. The Rev. Montie E. Brown Sr. is pastor.

Sunrise service at Glade Creek

An Easter sunrise service will be held at Glade Greek Cemetery on Webster Road in Blue Ridge at 7a.m. All are welcome.

Palm Sunday procession in Fincastle

In Fincastle, it’s the custom for the town’s churches to join for a Palm Sunday procession beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the historic courthouse. At Fincastle United Methodist, a dramatic presentation will be part of the 9 and 11 a.m. services on Palm Sunday. On Maundy Thursday, a Tenebrae darkness liturgy will be used beginning at 7 p.m. The congregation joins St. Mark’s United Methodist at Daleville for Good Friday worship starting at 7 p.m.

St. Mark’s Episcopal services

At St. Mark’s Episcopal in Fincastle, the Maundy Thursday ritual begins at 7 p.m. and includes optional foot washing along with Holy Communion. Good Friday worship is at noon and 7 p.m. and on Easter morning, Godwin Cemetery again will be the site of the town sunrise service starting at 7 a.m.

Bonsack Baptist services

At Bonsack Baptist Church, an especially commissioned anthem, “Psalm 23: A Journey with the Shepherd” by Pepper Choplin, will be performed on Palm Sunday at 3 and 6:30 p.m.

Special Maundy Thursday Communion is scheduled at 7 p.m. followed on Good Friday at 7 p.m. by the Service of Shadows. Because of the extra space provided by the Community Life Center, the usual Sunday morning schedule will be followed with services at 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Troutville Baptist services

Troutville Baptist Church will have a special cantata sung on Palm Sunday at the 11 a.m. service. “Because He Lives” will be followed on Maundy Thursday by a potluck supper and a service of reflection and Communion at 6:30 p.m. Easter morning worship begins at 11 a.m. with a cross being flowered.