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Easter Services: All are welcome

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>St Joseph's Church in Shelburne Falls as seen from across the river valley.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    St Joseph's Church in Shelburne Falls as seen from across the river valley.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>First Congregational Church of Shelburne in Shelburne Center on Wednesday.

    Recorder/Paul Franz
    First Congregational Church of Shelburne in Shelburne Center on Wednesday.

  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>St Joseph's Church in Shelburne Falls as seen from across the river valley.
  • Recorder/Paul Franz<br/>First Congregational Church of Shelburne in Shelburne Center on Wednesday.

Editor’s note: Thank you to all the area churches who took the time to help us tell our readers about their Easter services, especially since Easter is so early this year! If you don’t see your church here, please contact it directly to see what is planned.


St. John’s Episcopal Church, corner of South and Main streets. 413-628-4402.

Sunday, March 24, Palm Sunday, 10 a.m. The Procession of the Palms, Sunday of the Passion

Thursday, March 28, Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m. Remembering the Last Supper

Friday, March 29, Good Friday Service, 7 p.m. The Solemn Collects.

Saturday, March 30, The Great Vigil of Easter, 7 p.m. Please bring a dish to share for the Alleluia Party

Sunday, March 31, Easter Day, 10 a.m. Annual Easter Egg Hunt for Children, please drop off a contribution of candy for the hunt.


St. John’s Episcopal Church, 15 Park Ave.

Palm Sunday, March 24, meet in the parish hall at 8:30 a.m. and proceed to the church.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 5:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist, Stripping of the Altar and Reservation of the Blessed Sacrament

Good Friday, March 29,
5 p.m. The Solemn Liturgy of Good Friday

Easter Sunday, March 31, 9 a.m.


Bernardston Unitarian: Easter Service with the
Rev. Steve Wilson, 11:30 a.m.

Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service. “Christ is Risen. He is risen indeed!” will be shouted from high atop Huckle Hill in Bernardston (AKA Bella Notte Parking Lot) at the annual Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service. The service, which commences at 6 a.m., brings together members of United Church of Bernardston, First Congregational Church of Gill, Bernardston Unitarian Church, Northfield Trinitarian Congregational Church, Northfield Unitarian, St. Patrick’s of Northfield. For more information, contact United Church of Bernardston Coordinator of Christian Education Steve Damon at 413-648-9306.


First Congregational Church of Buckland (Mary Lyon Church), Upper Street.

Palm Sunday, 10:15 a.m., Processional parade to the church with Yukon, the donkey from Atherton Farm, forms at the home of Edie Gerry, Upper Street, Buckland.
10:30 a.m., worship service

Maundy Thursday, 7 p.m., service at the church with communion, scripture readings and extinguishing of candles

Easter Morning, 6:30 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service at the home of Craig and Regina Purinton, 3 Avery Road.
7 a.m., Easter Breakfast at the church. 10:30 a.m., worship service with the flowering of the cross


Charlemont Federated Church, 175 Main St.

Palm Sunday, March 24, morning service, 9:30 a.m.

Alice Parker SING! 3 p.m.

Wednesday, meditation from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church.

Maundy Thursday Service, 7:30 p.m. We will share the bread and cup of the last supper around a table in the social room, followed by a Tenebrae service of readings and music in the sanctuary as the lights are dimmed.

Good Friday, noon service and an evening service at 7 p.m. Each service will be a time of quiet reflection around readings, poetry and scripture. Music of familiar hymns will be played. The one-hour service at noon will be repeated at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sacred Connections. 9 to 10:30 a.m. A time of Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina and Discussion.

Easter Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m. Meet at the Eastern Summit Gift Shop, Route 2, Florida for a service to greet the sun and remember the early morning Easter story.

Easter Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Bring your friends. Served at the church with an Easter Egg Hunt for the children.

Easter Celebration Service at 9:30 a.m. Come with the whole family to celebrate. Les Patlove will be accompanying on the French Horn and Easter carols by Alice Parker will be sung.

St. Christopher, Route 2.

Palm Sunday Mass at
6 p.m.


St. John the Baptist, Church Street.

Palm Sunday Mass,
4 p.m.


The First Church of Deerfield will conduct Easter services at 10 a.m. on March 31. Music will include the Kyrie, Credo and Agnus Dei movements from Mozart’s Mass in C Major with Montreal soloist Tracy Smith Bessette. Children are welcomed, but there will be no Sunday School.

Maundy Thursday Service of Communion and Tenebrae will be at 7 p.m.


Christ Church of Franklin County, which meets at the Grange Hall, 401 Chapman St. 772-5860

March 24, Palm Sunday,
10 a.m.

March 28, Maundy Thursday Communion Service, 7 p.m., held at Covenant Church, 19 Bridge St., Millers Falls

March 31, Sunrise Service, 6:30 a.m., Greenfield Energy Park.

March 31, Resurrection Day Celebration Worship,
10 a.m.

First Congregational Church, 43 Silver St.

Palm Sunday Intergenerational Worship, 10 a.m. Procession of the Palms begins on the front lawn.

Easter Sunday Intergenerational Worship,
10 a.m.

Holy Trinity, 133 Main St., 413-774-2884.

Holy Thursday, March 28. No 12:05 p.m. Mass today.
7 p.m. The Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper. As we begin tonight’s solemn liturgy, Lent quietly ends and we enter into the Easter Triduum. We welcome the Passover of the Lord with the Liturgy of the Word, the washing of feet, the Eucharist. The holy oils blest at the Chrism Mass on Monday, will be presented at the beginning of this Mass. The Mass concludes with the procession, quiet adoration, and prayer. 8:30 p.m., Eucharistic Holy Hour, a time for special prayers for peace, for families, and for all who shoulder the Cross of Christ.

Good Friday, March 29. No Mass today. The church is open all day for your private prayers. It is a day of fast and abstinence. 3 p.m., Stations of the Cross. 7 p.m., Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death. We prostrate ourselves in silence. We listen to St. John’s account of the Passion and make intercession for the whole world. We venerate the wood of the Cross and partake of Holy Communion reserved from last evening’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper. A special collection is taken up for the care of the Holy Land Shrines.

Holy Saturday, March 30. No 5:30 p.m. Mass today. No Confessions today. 7:30 p.m., The Solemn Celebration of the Easter Vigil. We gather outside (weather permitting) for the lighting of the new fire and the blessing of the Easter Candle. We listen to the age-old stories of our faith, sing the first Alleluia of Easter, renew our baptismal promises and receive the Eucharistic Lord in Communion.

Easter Sunday Morning and Solemn Mass of Easter, March 31. 8 a.m., we celebrate the joy of Easter, renew baptismal promises, and receive the water of life. 10:30 a.m., come early.

Robbins Memorial Congregational Church,
55 Munson St. 413-774-2559

Palm Sunday, March 24, worship at 10 a.m. with special music. 10 a.m., Sunday School.

Maundy Thursday, March 28. Potluck meal at 6 p.m., Fellowship Hall. Service of Tennebrae, 6:30 p.m., also in Fellowship Hall, with special music

Easter Sunday, March 30, Worship at 10 a.m., Celebration of Christ’s Resurrection. (The sunrise service has been omitted this year)

Second Congregational Church, downtown Greenfield, on the common, next to Town Hall. 413-774-4355

Palm Sunday, March 24,
10 a.m.

A special Thursday evening service of readings, candles, and communion on March 28, 7 p.m.

A self-guided labyrinth walk on Good Friday from noon to 3 p.m. on March 29.

A joyous Easter Sunday Worship Service at 10 a.m. March 31.

Unity in the Pioneer Valley, 6 Arch St. 774-5552. Palm Sunday: The Rev. Jan Lee Kraft of Torrington will bless us with her wonderful music and a talk, “A Metaphysical and Historical Look at Palm Sunday,” at the 10 a.m. service. All are welcome.

Easter Sunday. The Rev. Bill Heller will be guest for Easter. The service begins at 10 a.m. We celebrate Easter with a crossing out of things we no longer wish in our lives, with daffodils and an alignment of our physical selves with our higher consciousness.


Leverett Congregational Church, 4 Montague Road, Leverett(across from the Leverett Post Office, will observe Easter with four special services.

Palm Sunday, March 24,
10 a.m., a traditional service with music and palms handed out in remembrance.

Maundy Thursday, March 28, 7 p.m. A short service to remember The Last Supper, with readings and communion.

Easter at sunrise, Sunday, March 31, 6:30 a.m. A short service of celebration held in the stone sculptured Emerson Garden beside the church (or inside if raining). A complimentary breakfast follows at 7 a.m., in the Leverett Town Hall.

Easter Sunday Service, March 31, 10 a.m. A service of joyous and solemn music and readings.

Child supervision will be provided. The church has handicapped access.

Millers Falls

Covenant Church (PCA),
19 Bridge St. 413-659-3430.

Maundy Thursday Service on March 28t, 7 p.m., hosted by Christ Church of Greenfield.

Good Friday Service on March 29t, 7 p.m., hosted by Covenant Church (PCA).

Easter Sunday Service on March 31, 10:30 a.m.


First Congregational Church of Montague, 4 North St. 413-367-9467,

March 24, Palm Sunday
10 am: A dramatic presentation of the events from Jesus triumphant entry into Jerusalem to his death on the cross

March 28, Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. A service of Cleansing, Holy Communion, and Contemplation with a Tenabrae service (scripture readings telling the story of Jesus’ trial, crucifixion, and burial, accompanied by the gradual extinguishing of lights)

March 29, Good Friday,
7 p.m. in sanctuary A service of contemplation and quiet music

March 31 Easter Sunday 6:45 a.m. Sunrise service with communion on the green in front of the church. Pot luck breakfast follows. 10 a.m. Hallelujah! Christ the Lord has Risen Today; service of celebration in the sanctuary.


St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, 80 Main St. Northfield, 413-498-5870.

Friday, March 23, Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. and
7 p.m.

March 28, Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m.

March 29, Good Friday service at 7 p.m.

March 30, Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m.

March 31, Easter Sunday Masses at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m.


Bethany Lutheran Church, 62 Cheney St.
978-544-3541 Email: blcpo428@yahoo.com

Resurrection of Our Lord, Easter Sunday Worship Service at 10 a.m. with Holy Communion.

The Rev. Janice Schuyler, pastor and Stephanie Parker, musician.


Rowe Community Church, 278 Zoar Road. The Rev. Irving E. Mullette, 413-664-8266 or Chris Tower, 413-339-4736.

Thursday, March 28, Maundy Thursday Service at 7 p.m.

Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. at Percy’s Point at Lake Pelham, Rowe.

Easter Worship Service at the church at 9 a.m.

Shelburne Falls.

St. Joseph Church, 34 Monroe Ave.

Palm Sunday Mass, 8 a.m.

Thursday at 7 p.m., Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper.

Friday March 29, 3 p.m., Good Friday, Passion of the Lord.

Saturday, March 30, 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass.

Sunday, March 31, 8 a.m. Easter Sunday. Resurrection of the Lord.

Trinity Church,
17 Severance St. 625-2341

Palm Sunday, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Blessing of the palms and reading of the passion. the Rev. Marguerite Sheehan, minister.

Maundy Thursday.
7 p.m. Holy Communion and Tenebrae. The Rev. Marguerite Sheehan, minister.

Good Friday, 2 to 8 p.m.. Stations of the Cross.

Easter morning,
6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service at the Paye home, 24 Conway Road, Buckland. The Rev. MArguerite Sheehan, minister. 8:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist, the Rev. Pamela Porter, celebrant. 10 a.m. Celebration of the Resurrection, the Rev. Marguerite Sheehan, minister.

South Deerfield

South Deerfield Congregational Church,
71 North Main St., 665-3130.

Palm Sunday service will begin at the regular worship service time of 10 a.m. The students will distribute palms to the congregation and the choir will sing “The Palms,” by Faure, and “Behold the Lamb of God,” by Dufford. Organist Jane Filkins will also play “The Palms” as a postlude.

Maundy Thursday service begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include scripture readings by members of the congregation; after each reading a candle will be extinguished, ultimately leaving the sanctuary in total darkness (Tenebrae). The choir will sing “Gentle Lamb of Calvary,” by Bolling/Pethel, “Wind through the Olives,” by Martin/Angerman, and “One Lonely Night,” by Martin. “Were You There?” will be sung by soloist Jack Cooper.

Easter Service of the Resurrection will begin at 10 a.m. The sanctuary will be decorated with many spring plants and flowers and, during the service, the congregation is invited to place flowers on a large wooden cross near the altar in memory or in honor of someone. The cross will then be displayed for a couple of weeks in the narthex. The choir will sing “Rejoice,” by Martin, and “Antiphonal Celebration Song,” by Handel/Liebergen.


The First Congregational Church of Sunderland,
91 South Main St.

The Rev. Barbara K. Seamon will preach and lead all services during the week.

The week begins on Palm Sunday at 10 a.m. with the children waving palm branches. The Chancel Choir will sing and Bell Choirs will ring special music.

Monday at 7 p.m., The Ecumenical Lenten Discussion Series. Refreshments will be served.

Thursday at 7 p.m., Rev. Seamon will lead a traditional Tenebrae.

Maundy Thursday order of worship in the sanctuary. Scripture will be read, candles extinguished, The Sacrament of Holy Communion will be offered, and the Chancel Choir will sing.

Easter Sunday worship will begin at 10 a.m. The Great Vigil of Easter will be celebrated in a special community and family worship service. The Chancel Choir will sing and the Bell Choir will ring special music to celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.

A stair lift is available. For more information, call 413-367 9645.

Turners Falls

Our Lady of Peace Church, 80 7th St. 413-863-2585.

Palm Sunday, March 23 to 24: Saturday, 4 p.m., Sunday,
8 and 10 a.m. “As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road.” In memory of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, we ask you to bring in gently used coats and jackets when you come to Mass on Palm Sunday weekend. These will be donated to the poor. The Liturgy will feature the blessing of palms and the reading of the Passion.

Holy Thursday, March 28. The church will open at 7 p.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not undergo the test.” After the Mass of the Lord’s Supper and candlelight Eucharistic Procession, we invite you to spend time in silent prayer in the church, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Good Friday, March 29. The church will be open noon to 3 p.m. for private prayer and meditation Service at
5:30 p.m., followed by a simple supper in Fr. Casey Hall

“There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus in the middle.” This year, we will be using a crucifix (the cross with Jesus’ body on it) for the adoration of the cross. Thus, you may choose to venerate either the body of Jesus or the wood of the cross, on which hung the Savior of the world.

Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, March 30-31: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m. We will once again share the blessing with the Easter holy water, recalling our baptism and reflect on the meaning of Easter by focusing on our church’s beautiful stained glass. The 10 a.m. Mass on Easter Sunday will be a Children’s Mass, followed by an Easter egg hunt (hoping that the snow will have melted).

St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Turners Falls,
2 Prospect St. 413-863-4602.

Palm Sunday, March 24, Holy Eucharist and Blessing of the Palms , 9:a.m.

Wednesday of Holy Week, Holy Eucharist with Stations of the Cross, noon

Maundy Thursday, Holy Eucharist and stripping of the Altar, 7 p.m.

Good Friday, worship with Holy Communion, noon and 7 p.m.

Good Friday Viewing of the film “The Passion of Christ,” 1 to 3 p.m.

Easter Sunday, March 31, The Celebration of Easter with Holy Eucharist and special music 9: a.m.

Vernon, Vt.

Advent Christian Church of Vernon.

A joint Good Friday service will be Friday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at the Vernon Union Church, combining the Advent Christian Church, Mountain View 7th Day Church, and the Vernon Union Church.

Easter Sunday, March 31, at the Advent Christian Church.

A sunrise service will be held at 6:30 a.m. in the upper parking lot, weather permitting, otherwise in the church sanctuary. Breakfast will follow in the fellowship hall. Morning worship, a Resurrection Celebration, will be at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.

The church is at 4554 Fort Bridgman Road (Route 142) at the Mass./Vt. state line. For information, call 498-4458.

Vernon Union Church, 2631 Fort Bridgman Road. 802-257-8523 or 603-499-3554,
or www.vucvt.org. Pastor Jeffrey B Tibbetts.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday. The Johnson Teen Challenge Men’s Choir will be joining us for worship at 10 a.m. followed by a fellowship lunch.

Wednesday at 7 p.m. will be the monthly Healing Service.

Good Friday, V.U.C. will be hosting the community Good Friday evening service at
7 p.m.

Easter Sunrise Service is at the church at 6:30 a.m. followed by a community breakfast at 7:30. The main Service of Resurrection is at 10.

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