Easter sunrise services by FAEM

FARMINGTON — Easter sunrise services hosted by the Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry will take place at approximately 6:15 a.m. Sunday, April 5, on Voter Hill.

The location is a little more than one mile past the former WKTJ radio station. Turn left and go straight up. Meet at the intersection just past the farm buildings.

The half-hour service will be held regardless of the weather. Dress warmly and wear boots.

Following the service, all are invited indoors for muffins and beverages served at the site at the home of Fred and Denise Brittain.

This year’s coffee will be served by members of one of the local FAEM churches.


Henderson Memorial Baptist

FARMINGTON — Henderson Memorial Baptist Church will remember the Last Supper Jesus shared with his disciples in a Maundy Thursday Communion and Tenebrae service at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at 110 Academy St. The community is welcome. Communion will be offered to all.

Songs, prayers and a short meditation will lead into a service of “Tenebrae,” the Latin term which means “Lengthening of the Shadows.” During this quiet time, the sanctuary is darkened except for candles in the windows. Readers will recount the events of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion, as told in the Gospel of Mark, extinguishing one candle at a time until His death. The service ends in silence.

Worshipers will attend the FAEM Easter sunrise service on Voter Hill.

There will be an Easter Breakfast at 110 Academy St. at 9 a.m. for members and friends of both churches that share the building. Henderson and Summit congregations will worship together at 10:30 in a joyful celebration of the resurrection.

Pastor Susan Crane will offer a message based on Mark 16:1-8, “Good News that Never Ends.” Pastor Ryan Goding’s message is titled “Alive to God” and is based on Romans 6:5-11. Summit’s new Children’s Choir and Henderson’s Adult Choir will both sing. There will be Sunday school for the children at 11. Neighbors are welcome.


Old South First Congregational

FARMINGTON — Holy Week Services for Old South Church are as follows. Old South First Congregational Church UCC is at 227 Main St.

For its Maundy Thursday service, Old South will host a simple, silent soup supper in their vestry at 5:30 p.m., followed by Maundy Thursday worship.

The community Good Friday service, sponsored by Farmington Area Ecumenical Ministry, will be held at Old South Church from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 3.

All are invited to join the Easter worship celebration at 9:30 a.m. on Easter Sunday to celebrate the Good News that love always wins and to explore what resurrection means for us today.

Shorey Chapel


INDUSTRY — Maundy Thursday service will take place on April 2 at Shorey Chapel, 1109 Industry Road.

The service will begin at 6 p.m. with a Seder and potluck meal in the vestry followed by a service in the sanctuary including the reading of the Good Friday scripture.

Worship services for Easter on April 5 will be at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

Jay Baptist Church

JAY — Jay Baptist Church will hold its Easter service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5.

Prior to the service, a coffee hour will be held in the vestry from 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. At the service which follows, Mr. Gary Bestwick will present the Easter message and the choir will present the cantata, “The Night Before Easter,” by Mosie Lister.


Saturday morning the church will be open from 10 a.m. to noon for people to place flowers in memory of loved ones or present a monetary gift in a loved one’s memory.

Everyone is welcome as we celebrate our Risen Lord.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

WILTON — Maundy Thursday service will be held at 7 p.m. on April 2 at St. Luke’s. Congregants recall Jesus’ act of humility at the Last Supper through a foot washing. After Holy Communion the church is darkened in preparation for Good Friday.

St. Luke’s will participate in the Farmington Ecumenical Good Friday service at noon on April 3 at Old South Church.

The Great Vigil of Easter will be at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at St. Luke’s with Bishop Steven Lane. Beginning in a darkened church, the vigil celebrates Christ’s resurrection through light, scripture, Easter hymns, renewal of baptismal vows and Holy Communion.


Worshipers will participate in the FAEM Easter sunrise service on Voter Hill.

The Easter Festival Eucharist will be at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5, at St. Luke’s. This is a joyous celebration of Easter. All are invited to join an indoor Easter egg hunt for the children immediately following the service.

First Congregational Church

WILTON — Easter services at the First Congregational Church include:

April 2, Maundy Thursday, the day of the first last supper, begins with a light meal at 5:30 p.m. followed by Communion and a service of Tenebrae at 6:15 p.m. at the church.

On April 3, Good Friday, a joint service will be held at 7 p.m. at the Congregational Church with the Wilton Methodist Church, Dryden Baptist and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.


April 5, Easter Sunday begins with a sunrise service at 6:16 a.m. on Orchard Drive at the end of Colby Miller Road. Several Wilton churches will participate. Following this service, a continental breakfast will be served at the Congregational Church.

The Easter service begins at 9:30 a.m. with special music and an uplifting service of worship. Fellowship hour follows in the church vestry.

Commandery Easter service

WILTON — Pilgrim Commandery No. 19 Knights Templar will hold its annual Easter service and breakfast at the Farmington/Wilton Masonic Hall on the Bryant Road in East Wilton. The service is at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 5.

All Sir Knights and Master Masons are invited to attend along with their sons and grandsons. Donations will be accepted for the breakfast.

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