Easter services around the Island

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The Federated Church in Edgartown. —Ralph Stewart

Grace Episcopal Church, Woodlawn Avenue, Vineyard Haven: Palm Sunday liturgies will be held at 8 am and 10 am. On Wednesday, April 17, a children and families’ Tenebrae service will be held at 6 pm. On Thursday, April 18, a 5 pm community meal will be held, followed by a Maundy Thursday liturgy at 6 pm. On Good Friday there will be a liturgy at 12 pm, followed by a children and families’ Easter Vigil on Saturday, April 20, at 6 pm. Easter Sunday celebrations include a Eucharist at 8 am, a festal choral Eucharist at 10 am, and a children’s Easter egg hunt at around 11:30 am. The Rev. Stephen Harding will also hold a service at 8:15 am on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Holy Week.

First Congregational Church of West Tisbury, 1051 State Rd., West Tisbury: Join the church for a Palm Sunday service starting at 10 am, followed by a Tenebrae with a service and communion on Thursday, April 18, at 7:30 pm. On Easter Sunday, the church will hold a traditional service in the church sanctuary at 9 am, along with a community Easter service with childcare and church school at the Ag Hall at 11 am, followed by an Easter egg hunt in the Ag Hall field.

Chilmark Community Church, 9 Menemsha Cross Rd., Chilmark: An Easter Sunday walk from the church to the beach will start the day early at 5:30 am. At 6:30 am, a sunrise service will be held on Menemsha Beach, with easy access to parking. Then, at 7:15 am, a breakfast will be shared by worshippers. The Easter Sunday main service will begin at 9 am, along with Sunday school, followed by an Easter egg hunt immediately after.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 51 Winter St., Edgartown: A Palm Sunday service will start at 8 am with the Procession of the Palms and Passion Gospel. On Maundy Thursday, a foot washing and stripping of the altar will take place at 7 pm, with a prayer vigil immediately following throughout the night. On Good Friday there will be a 12 pm worship with choir singing, followed by Stations of the Cross at 4:30 pm. The Easter egg hunt will start at 9 am at the rectory at 10 Bold Meadow Rd. in Edgartown. Finally, Easter Sunday will be celebrated with a Eucharist at 8 am, a family Eucharist at 9:15 am, and a choral Eucharist at 10:30 am.

Federated Church, 45 South Summer St., Edgartown: On Palm Sunday, the church will host a service at 10:30 am in the meetinghouse, where palms will be distributed. On Maundy Thursday, a 7 pm Tenebrae service will be held in the parish house. Good Friday services include a prayer and reflection period in the meetinghouse from 1 pm to 3 pm, where people can find peace and comfort. At 6:30 am on Easter Sunday, a sunrise service will be held on the lawn of the Mayhew Parsonage, 75 South Water St., followed by an Easter service at 10:30 am in the meetinghouse. The egg hunt will kick off at 12 pm on the lawn of the Mayhew Parsonage.

Good Shepherd Parish, On Palm Sunday, there will be mass at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven at 9 am and 5 pm. There will also be a Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Maundy Thursday, starting at 7:45 pm at St. Augustine’s. Good Friday worship will include a veneration of the cross at 3 pm at St. Augustine’s, followed by confessions in Portuguese and English at 6:30 pm in the Good Shepherd Parish back room. An Easter vigil Mass will be hosted Saturday at St. Augustine’s at 8 pm. Easter Sunday worship begins with a sunrise service at Sheriff’s Meadow, West Chop, at 6 am, followed by Easter Mass at 8 am, 9:30 am, and 11 am at St. Augustine’s. An Easter Mass in Portuguese will be held at 11 am immediately following.

United Methodist Church of Martha’s Vineyard, 40 Trinity Park., Oak Bluffs: On Palm Sunday, a special service will be held at 10 am following a choir rehearsal. Maundy Thursday will feature a church service at 7 pm. An Easter Sunday sunrise celebration will be held at 5:30 am at Inkwell Beach, followed by Easter service at 10 am. The Covenant of the Rock service will start at 7 pm on Easter Sunday.

Vineyard Assembly of God, 1048 State Rd., Vineyard Haven: Palm Sunday starts with a special baptism service during regular morning service hours at 10:30 am. A joint Good Friday service will be held at 7 pm with the Vineyard Assembly of God, the First Baptist Church, and the Beacon of Hope Church, at the First Baptist Church. On Easter Sunday there will be a normal worship service celebrating Easter, as well as an egg hunt for children directly after the service.

Beacon of Hope Church, 35 Robinson Rd., Edgartown: A Palm Sunday service starts at 10 am at the Edgartown School, with Sunday school included for kids ages 5 to 11. On Easter Sunday, the Beacon of Hope will meet at the Edgartown School for resurrection Sunday service at 10 am.

If you know of other services, let us know. Email connie@mvtimes.com