For the fifth consecutive year, a group of local ministers will hold a series of Midday Holy Week Worship events to bring people together throughout the community and across denominational lines. The Statesboro Ministerial Association invites and encourages all to participate in a five-day worship experience during Holy Week — March 26–30 — from noon until approximately 1 p.m. each day.
Pastor Bill Bagwell, senior pastor of Pittman Park United Methodist Church and one of the organizers, said, “I believe we all benefit from fellowship with fellow Christians outside our own churches, to be in each other’s spaces and affirm each other in that way.”
Bagwell explained the event further and said, “We will be on the journey of Holy Week together, allowing Scripture to help guide us through Christ’s final days before his crucifixion.”
Worship on Monday, March 26, will take place at Agape Worship Center, 810 W. Grady St., and Rebecca Blackwell, First Presbyterian interim pastor, will speak at the service, reflecting on the anointing of Jesus.
Tuesday’s service takes place at First Presbyterian Church, 1215 Fair Road, with Donald Chavers, pastor of Agape Worship Center, speaking on the betrayal of Jesus.
Sam Clay, pastor of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, will bring a message centering around the desertion of Jesus on Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at 18098 Georgia Highway 67.
On Thursday of Holy Week, Pastor Craig Tremble, of Second St. John Missionary Baptist Church, will speak on the conviction of Jesus at the church he pastors, located at 1212 Fair Road.
On the last day of the Holy Week services, Good Friday, Rev. Joan Killian will speak on the crucifixion of Jesus at the church she pastors, Trinity Episcopal, located at 4401 Country Club Road.
Each day’s event will begin with a time of worship, followed by the pastor’s message for that day. Guests are invited to stay afterwards for fellowship over a light lunch provided by the host congregation. However, participants should note that because Good Friday is traditionally a day of fasting and prayer, lunch will not be offered following worship that day.
Another related event will take place Friday, March 30, at 3 p.m. Killian invites all to meet at or near the parking lot of the Honey Bowen Building at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Parks and Recreation Department location to take part in the “Stations of the Cross” walking event that is patterned after a similar, traditional walk held in Jerusalem along the Via Delarosa, the path that Christians believe Jesus took on the day of his crucifixion.
“Easter is that which everything else in the Christian life revolves around,” Killian said.
“We’ll re-walk the path that Jesus took on that last day and stop at 14 stations set up along the Willie McTell walking trail, seven going in and seven going out, to remind us of that day in Jesus’ life.”
Killian said those attending will walk as a group, pausing for a reading and reflection at each station. Participants are invited to bring and walk with a cross that Killian said could be a piece of jewelry, a home decoration or some other type of cross.
Killian asked participants to wear good walking shoes and note that the walk will be about a mile long. She also said that the event will take place weather permitting. For any questions, interested persons can check the trinitystatesboro.org website home page for updates on Friday if weather is inclement.
Chavers, Agape Worship Center pastor, also spoke about the importance to the Christian faith of this time many years ago.
“This one act proves that while God never changes his methods of loving us, before Christ’s death, God lived outside of us, but after his death, he is Christ in us, the hope of glory,” he said.