Holy Week and Easter
The Passion Pilgrimage, Sunday Morning, March 29, 9:30 – 10:45
The Passion Pilgrimage is an opportunity for children and adults to hear the story of Holy Week from eye-witness story-tellers at different sites around the church. What was it like to witness Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey?... turning over the tables of the money-changers in the Temple?...sharing his last supper with his disciples? This year the Passion Pilgrimage will be held during the Sunday school hour on Palm Sunday, March 29th. We will begin at 9:30 am in theSunday school wing. Participation by the children in the pre-k/Kindergarten class is optional; classroom coverage will be provided for children in this class as needed.
Maundy Thursday Service, April 2
5:45 p.m. Church Family Supper
6:30 p.m. Service of Communion and Foot Washing
We gather to share communion in the spirit of Jesus’ Last Supper with his disciples. All who wish may also participate as givers and receivers in the washing of feet. This service can be meaningful for elementary-age children as it allows them to experience the drama of Jesus’ last night with his disciples.
Friday, April 3
8:00 p.m. Good Friday: A Service of Tenebrae
We read the Passion narrative and extinguish candles one by one, finally carrying the Christ candle out of the sanctuary, leaving only darkness and a bare altar. We leave to wait, keeping vigil with our knowledge of Jesus' suffering and death, until we gather Easter morning.
Saturday, April 4, 12:00 p.m. Lunch and Easter Egg Hunt, hosted by Carolyn and Billy Hall
Our Easter egg hunt for Preschoolers through Fifth Grade is scheduled for the Saturday before Easter, at the Hall’s house at 2126 N. Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta. Lunch begins at noon; the hunt begins at 1pm. Parents are requested to bring a side dish to go with hot dogs for the lunch, and also bring at least 12 candy-filled plastic eggs per child that they bring, to be hidden for the Easter Egg hunt.
Sunday, April 5
11:00 a.m. A Celebration of Resurrection
We gather to joyfully celebrate our risen Christ! Our Oakhurst tradition is to decorate a large cross in the sanctuary with flowers on Easter morning. Bring a small bouquet or sprig of flowers for yourself and some extra to share with visitors and others who might have forgotten. And don’t forget: you are invited to join us on the platform for the singing of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah that always closes this memorable service. Please bring a copy of the score, if you have one.