Easter

Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 4th
First Steps in Resurrection
Rev. Erica Avena
Text: 1 Corinthians 15:1-11
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Alfombra Palm Sunday
Sunday, April 4th, 1 pm on the Front Lawn
Decorate the front steps of the Church with painted flowers to make way for Jesus this Palm Sunday. You can pick up your palms, watch the painters and march with us as we enter into Holy Week. Work clothes are encouraged; masks are required.  If you are an immunocompromised family and would like a separate time to paint, please reach out to Lauren at Lauren.dube@whfirstchurch.org.

Easter Egg Hunt
Starting March 28th at 1 pm all across town
Unfold the stories of holy week with a scavenger hunt challenge. Each day there will be a clue to lead you to a location where you can learn the next part of the Holy Week story. This can be done as a hybrid activity (so bring a smartphone!) or entirely virtual. At the end of the week there will be an “Egg-celent” prize waiting for you! For the first clue and further instructions, register here!

Good Friday

Good Friday Prayer Stations
Friday, April 2nd, in the Chapel
Prayer Stations have been designed to provide each participant with an individual, silent experience of a “Walk through Holy Week.” Nine prayer stations will be set up in the Chapel. Each will engage with the last week of Jesus’ life on earth in a multi-sensory way. The time at each station will depend on each individual, and will take between 30-60 minutes in total. Sign-ups will be available for household units at 30 minute intervals, so there may be a second household unit present with you, but will be distanced in the space, and all will need to wear face masks, enter and exit through the exterior door directly into the chapel to sign in, take temperature and complete the health screening. Sign up for a time here. Please contact Rev. Amie with any questions amie.giguere@whfirstchurch.org.

Good Friday Service Project
Join us on the Front Lawn from 1 to 3 pm on Good Friday to assemble “Seed Bombs.” These resurrection-inspired bombs will be filled with compost and native seeds to be thrown and planted in open spaces to encourage and sustain the pollinator population in West Hartford. Work clothes are encouraged; masks are required. There will be other craft projects happening at this time as well. If you are an immunocompromised family and would like a separate time to serve or supplies to do it at home, please reach out to Lauren at Lauren.dube@whfirstchurch.org.

SNEUCC Good Friday Service
Crucifixion and Black Death: A Seven Last Words Service of LamentThis service is an adaptation of the multi-movement work “Seven Last Words of the Unarmed” by Atlanta composer Joel Thompson. Thompson’s work was first performed in 2015 by the Men’s Glee Club at the University of Michigan. Thompson’s was inspired by Iranian-American artist Shirin Barghi’s #lastwords project, and drew from more than a dozen of Barghi’s illustrations containing the dying words of unarmed black men shot and killed by police or other authority figures. Thompson then chose seven statements that aligned most closely with the classical structure of Joseph Haydn’s “Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross.”

This service maintains the traditional scriptural texts associated with the Seven Last Words and couples each with the dying words of a person who died as a result of police violence. We have substituted some of the quotes from Thompson’s work with the words of women and people who have died since the work premiered in 2015.

This service is a production of the justice team at the Southern New England Conference, with participation and support by staff throughout the organization.

Maundy Thursday


Maundy Thursday Service
Thursday, April 1st
Pastor Erica Wimber Avena will lead a Tenebrae and Communion Service online for Maundy Thursday.

Palm Sunday

Palm/Passion Sunday Worship
Sunday, March 28th
Rev. Susan Izard will be preaching on Mark 11:1-11 and Following the Way.