Holy Week services give the community the chance to fellowship with people of all faiths as they reflect on Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.
“I am really looking forward to Holy Week this year,” said the Rev. Arthur Harrison, associate pastor of Pell City First United Methodist Church.
The community Holy Week services are at 12:05 p.m. March 25-29 at the Pell City First United Methodist Church sanctuary. The services are multi-denominational and free to the public.
Harrison said he has participated in Holy Week services before, both small and large, but nothing like this Holy Week service.
“This Holy Week service is unique because of the ecumenical feel to it,” he said. “We have different pastors from different denominations each getting to speak.”
Harrison said the churches rotate each year, to give every faith a chance to participate.
Each Holy Week service includes a greeting, congregational song, prayer, special music and a short sermon from various local pastors. Lunch follows each Holy Week service at 12:30 p.m. in the Beacon. The lunch is free. Individuals who need to return to work are given priority in the lunch lines.
The lunch is provided by different local churches each day. Donations are accepted at the door, to cover the cost of lunch products. Any additional donations are given to the Pell City Ministerial Fund and the Christian Love Pantry.
“Easter is a very busy season for pastors, because there is always a lot to do,” he said. “But it’s a season of resurrection and joy as well, a time of people coming together and experiencing the hope and the joy that comes with it—the community coming together to experience it as one.”
All services are at Pell City First United Methodist Church unless otherwise specified.
Palm/Passion Sunday services are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. March 24 with Procession of the Palms at the traditional sanctuary 10:30 a.m. service. The 10:30 a.m. Wide Open Worship is in The Beacon.
Monday’s service will feature the Rev. Paul Brasher with New Hope Baptist Church.
Tuesday’s service will feature the Rev. David Weir with Victory Christian Center.
Wednesday’s service will feature the Rev. William Robinson with Rocky Zion Baptist Church.
Thursday’s service will feature Monsignor Sexton with Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
Friday’s service will feature the Rev. Arthur Harrison, with Pell City First United Methodist Church.
A Maundy Thursday Communion is at 6:30 p.m. March 28 and features re-living the story of the Last Supper, Jesus’ betrayal by His disciples and his journey to the Garden of Gethsemane. The Rev. Sam Huffstutler, with Pell City First United Methodist Church, will preach.
The Good Friday Service is at 6:30 p.m. March 29. The service remembers Jesus’ crucifixion and death. The Rev. Sam Huffstutler, with Pell City First United Methodist Church, will preach.
Easter Sunday will feature an Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at Chapel in the Pines, weather permitting, located near Pine Harbor Golf Course in Pell City, with the Rev. Arthur Harrison preaching. In case of rain, the Easter Sunrise Service will be moved to Pell City First United Methodist Sanctuary. There is also Sanctuary Worship at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at Pell City First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sam Huffstutler preaching; and Wide Open Worship at 10:30 a.m. at Pell City First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Arthur Harrison preaching.