Covenant Presbyterian plans full slate of Easter services
For the first time since Covid shut down most in-person gatherings, Covenant Presbyterian Church, 603 Sunset Drive, will observe a full slate of in-person Holy Week services, beginning with Palm Sunday, April 10, and extending through Easter Sunday, April 17.
“It feels like this is the first time we have been able to fully celebrate Holy Week in two years,” says Reverend Maggie Rust, Covenant pastor.
“During the Covid shutdown, Covenant and other congregations found ways to adapt and worship together,” Rev. Rust adds. “We learned how to stay in touch and to conduct services remotely through Zoom and Facebook. But we have missed being in community, in-person, celebrating Communion and other special traditions we’ve been accustomed to sharing together as the Body of Christ.”
Covenant observances will include a Maundy Thursday service (April 14) with a fellowship meal, served outside at 5:30 PM, weather permitting.
“This will be our first fellowship meal since Covid started, and we’re very excited,” Rev. Rust says.
The Covenant Congregation will join Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church at noon (April 15) for a Good Friday service of silence and prayer.
Covenant will hold Easter Sunrise Service at 7 outside, weather permitting. Worship service will be at 11. “This is always a special service with music and the sacrament,” Rev. Rust says.
She says she is excited about other opportunities, including a labyrinth in the church yard, available for walking and prayer. “The labyrinth will be available from Sunday, April 10 through Holy Week. The path is made with bird seed.”
Covenant will also host a church-wide scavenger hunt, “our version of a fun Easter Egg hunt,” with clues announced Monday, April 11.