With Easter Sunday coming up next week, a collection of local churches each will host a mid-day Holy Week Worship event they hope brings people together throughout the community and across denominational lines. This is the fourth year the Statesboro Ministerial Association has coordinated the Holy Week services and is the same group of pastors who organize the community-wide Thanksgiving services each year.
Pastor Bill Bagwell, one of the organizers, said, “These services are a celebration of Easter and an opportunity to explore the passion of Jesus Christ as he approached the cross. A time to prepare our hearts prayerfully for Easter Sunday.”
This year’s theme for the event is ‘Gathered to Remember’ and the community of Statesboro and Bulloch County are invited to attend. Services are held Monday through Friday of Holy Week from 12:10-12:40 p.m. each day at various host churches. Following worship time Monday through Thursday, participants are invited to stay for a time of fellowship over a light lunch provided by the host congregations. Because Good Friday is traditionally a day of fasting and prayer, lunch will not be offered following worship that day.
Monday’s worship takes place at Pittman Park United Methodist Church and is co-hosted by Brannen Chapel United Methodist. Pastors Bill Bagwell and Kenneth Griffin will lead services as attendees remember Jesus in Gethsemane.
Tuesday’s service takes place at First Presbyterian Church and is co-hosted by Original First African Baptist Church. Pastors Dan Lewis, Frankie Owens and Jean Owens will lead those attending in remembering Jesus’ arrest.
On Wednesday, the community is invited to gather at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with the Agape Worship Center co-hosting. Pastors Sam Clay and Donald Chavers will encourage listeners to remember Jesus before the Council.
Thursday’s message, remembering Peter’s denial of Jesus, takes place at Second St. John Missionary Baptist Church with First United Methodist co-hosting. Pastors Craig Tremble and Jimmy Cason will lead the congregation.
And on Good Friday, Pastor Joan Killian will bring the message of remembering the death of Jesus to attendees at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Pastor Craig Tremble said of the Holy Week event, “It’s a continuous fellowship of services. A time to reflect, remember and refocus on Jesus Christ. He is still alive and he is able to help us.”