Area churches have announced the following special events. To add yours to this listing, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “Church Events” in the subject line; deadline is noon Friday preceding the week of desired publication. Also see our listings for other types of events, including calendar of events (general interest).
Holy Week services: April 14-21 with Epiphany Lutheran Church in Schaeffer Memorial Chapel at Kingsway Christian Church, 7887 Poplar Ave., Germantown. Includes 10 a.m. worship service with palm processional followed by potluck luncheon on Palm Sunday, April 14; 6 p.m. special worship service On Maundy Thursday, April 18, to commemorate The Last Supper and the initiation of Holy Communion (the Eucharist); 7 p.m. Tenebrae worship service on Good Friday, April 19 (with Tenebrae being an ancient service with gradually diminishing light to symbolize the approaching darkness of Jesus’ death); and 10 a.m. Easter worship service with Holy Communion on Easter Sunday, April 21. For more information, contact Pastor Monica Weber at (901) 861-6227 or visit epiphanylu.org.
Holy Week activities: April 18-21 at Faith Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 3427 Appling Road, Bartlett. Events include Maundy Thursday, April 18, Communion at 6 p.m.; Good Friday, April 19, “Seven Last Words” service 1-3 p.m. sponsored by Memphis area Cumberland Presbyterian Churches; Holy Saturday, April 20, Easter Egg Hunt for children of all ages, 10:30 a.m. to noon; and Easter Sunday, April 21, Sunrise Service, 7 a.m., sponsored by Bartlett-Ellendale Association of Churches, followed by continental breakfast at 8:15 a.m., Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. and Easter Worship including the flowering of the cross, 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Special worship services in Germantown: April 15-19 at multiple locations. Five churches are working together to offer worship services and lunch during Holy Week. Worship begins at noon and lunch at 12:30 p.m., except on Good Friday when the worship service will last longer, and no lunch will be served in order to fast in observance of Good Friday. There is no charge for the meal. The offering collected each day will be donated to the charity Room in the Inn. Services: April 15 at Germantown Presbyterian Church, 2363 S. Germantown Road; April 16 at Germantown United Methodist Church, 2331 S. Germantown Road; April 17 at Kingsway Christian Church, 7887 Poplar Ave.; April 18 at New Bethel Baptist Church, 7786 Poplar Pike; and April 19 at St. George’s Episcopal Church, 2425 S. Germantown Road. Germantown Presbyterian Church also will offer two evening worship opportunities in the sanctuary:
- At 6:30 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, April 18, the service will be built around the work Lamentations of the Lamb. This worship experience guides participants to walk with the disciples and Jesus, experiencing the emotions and events of Holy Week through music and the spoken word.
- At 6 p.m. on Good Friday, April 19, GPC presents a different worship experience called The Solemn Reproaches of the Cross as part of the church’s ancient Good Friday liturgy. Robert Buckley Farlee’s jazz-inflected setting of this text – presented by Marcus King (baritone), members of the GPC Chancel Choir and Alex Benford (piano) – will be woven throughout the service.
- For more information on either of these special services, contact the church office at (901) 754-5195 or email@example.com.
Sandra McCracken Outdoor Easter Eve Concert: 6-9 p.m. April 20 at the Second Baptist field next door to Independent Presbyterian Church (IPC), 4738 Walnut Grove Road, Memphis. Featuring the Christian recording artist with her soulful, folkgospel sound. Bring a picnic, blanket and chairs. Rain plans: Move to the IPC Sanctuary. Event hosted by IPC.
Walking Bible study: Noon each Wednesday in the Church Health Meditation Chapel on the first floor of Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis. Lead by Pastor Byron Fitchpatric. Wear walking shoes.
Chapel and contemplative break: Noon every Thursday in the Church Health Meditation Chapel on the first floor of Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis.
Jummah prayer: 1 p.m. every Friday in the Church Health Meditation Chapel on the first floor of Crosstown Concourse, 1350 Concourse Ave., Memphis.