Lent, Holy Week, and Easter Sunday

Ash Wednesday, March 2 begins the season of Lent. This 40 day season is set apart on the Christian calendar as a time of repentance, fasting, generosity, and prayer. It’s a season of re-orienting ourselves that prepares us for resurrection. Shandon UMC has plans and activities to engage and challenge you during Lent. Come and worship with Shandon as we explore the new sermon series “On The Way To The Cross”, as we prepare to build hope following the plans that Jesus left for us.

Lenten & Holy Week Worship Opportunities

Wednesday, March 2
Ashes-to-Go – Adger Street covered driveway
10:30 . to 12:30 p.m. 
Ash Wednesday Service – Sanctuary
6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 10          
Palm Sunday Services at 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary and 11:05 a.m. in the Gym 

Thursday, April 14
Holy Thursday Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary 

Friday, April 15          
Good Friday Meditation in the Sanctuary from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. 
Good Friday Service at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary 

Sunday, April 17          
Easter Sunrise Service at 7:00 a.m. on the East Lawn 
Traditional Easter Sunday Services at 8:45, 11:00 in the Sanctuary  
Contemporary Easter Sunday Service at 11:05 a.m. in the Gym 

Wednesday Manna for Lent

Manna will return for 5 weeks during this Lenten season. Please plan to dine in or pick up meals inside the Dunn-Smith Ministry Center from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All orders must be placed online by Monday night at 9:00 p.m. The price for an adult meal is $8 and a child’s portion is $4.

March 9: Chicken Fingers, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Roll and Cookie (no childcare)

March 16: Baked Spaghetti, Green Salad, Garlic Bread and Dessert

March 23: Lemon Chicken, Rice, Roasted Vegetables, Roll and Dessert

March 30: Pork Loin, Au Gratin Potatoes, Lima Beans, Roll and Dessert

April 6: Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli Casserole, Roll and Dessert

Childcare will be available March 16, 23, 30 & April 6.

Order your meals online at shandon-umc.org/register.

Lenten Bible Studies for Adults

For more information and to register for these Lenten Studies, please visit shandon-umc.org/register.

Drawing Near to God: Perfect Gifts for an Imperfect Life, led by Irene Tyson

Sundays beginning March 20 from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Join Irene Tyson for four Sundays during Lent to take a deep dive into our God-given gifts and develop a personal framework for embracing and using our gifts for a life nearer to God, despite our imperfections. Irene will guide the group with selected readings, scripture, music, and contemplative activities.

Freeing Jesus, led by Rev. Smoke Kanipe

Tuesday, March 8; Thursday, March 17; Tuesdays March 22, 29 and April 5, 12 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

During Lent, Pastor Smoke will be leading a six-week discussion of Diana Butler Bass’s spiritual memoir, Freeing Jesus. She invites us to consider our relationship with Jesus as she reflects on how she has known him through her life as Friend, Teacher, Savior, Lord, Way, and Presence. Participants will purchase the book themselves and read chapter 1 for March 8.

Lenten breakfast devotionals for High School students

We are thrilled during this Lenten season to offer breakfast devotionals for High School Students! From March 2nd to April 6th, all 9th through 12th grade students are invited to join together in Player Hall on Wednesday mornings from 6:45 to 7:20 a.m. in Player Hall. During these mornings we will:

  • Have a hot breakfast prepared by Tim (6:45 to 7:00 a.m.)
  • Random prizes for students that win our weekly competition. The student that brings the most non-member friends to our first meeting will win a Chick-fil-a gift card.
  • Hear a devotional from Andy Morris and start the day with prayer. (7:00 to 7:20 a.m.)

Students are responsible for taking care of their own transportation after breakfast. Any parents that brings their Student is invited to the kitchen for coffee and biscuits. This event is free but we ask that you would consider helping cover the $5 per person cost by donating online to the MYF Meals Fund at shandon-umc.org/give.

Easter Egg Hunt for Children and Families

We are excited to offer a Easter Egg Hunt this year for our families as we prepare our hearts and minds for Easter. You are invited to join us on Sunday, April 3 at 3:00 p.m. outside for an egg hunt, crafts, and Bible story. Don’t forget to bring your Easter basket with you. Pick-up craft kits will also be available if you cannot attend in person. Registration is required. Please click here to register.

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Traditional Service

Sundays, 8:45 and 11:00 a.m. | Sanctuary

What to Expect

Stirring music, inspiring messages and friendly atmosphere.

Messages that apply God’s Word to our lives today. The services are filled with a diverse group of all ages and life stages and feature music by the Chancel Choir, Shandon’s premiere musical group; and often include the Celebration Choir, contemporary choral music; Youth Music Group; Children’s Choirs; Wesley Ringers, handbell ensemble; and orchestra.

The 8:45 a.m. services are live streamed and remain available on our YouTube channel to watch after they air.

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Contemporary Service

Sundays, 11:05 a.m. | Dunn-Smith Center

What to Expect

Dynamic worship with engaging music, friendly people and relevant messages for life today.

The messages are real and uplifting, and the LifeLine Band keeps everyone engaged with contemporary Christian praise songs and dynamic big screen images. Enjoy coffee, pastries and fellowship before the service. Dress is casual – come as you are!

The LifeLine services are live streamed and remain available on our YouTube channel to watch after they air.

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Shandon places a strong emphasis on fostering children in Christian faith. Children are always welcome and encouraged to worship with their families at all of our worship services. We recognize the developmental needs of children vary. Age-level nurseries are provided during all Sunday morning worship services for infants-age 3, and children’s Bibles, crayons, and activity books are available at entrances to worship spaces to assist parents in engaging children during worship.

We also have a special children’s time during worship services. Children ages 3 and older are invited up front for an age-appropriate Children’s Message. Following the Children’s Message, children may return to their seats and worship with their families. Our nursery is also open for children ages 4 and 5 after the Children’s Message. Parents are welcome to leave worship and take their children to the nursery in the DuBose Building, room 105 if they choose.

Nurseries are staffed with trained, paid workers and parent volunteers. At Shandon, children experience a Safe Sanctuary environment.

In addition to our regular Sunday morning services, Shandon also celebrates special days and church seasons through worship such as Lent/Easter, Advent/Christmas, Children’s and Youth Sundays, Services of Healing, Blessing of the Animals, and Celebrating God’s Creation.

Holy Communion, or the Lord’s Supper, is celebrated the first Sunday of each month in all three of our worship services and is celebrated in the home upon request. Everyone is invited to the Lord’s Table to affirm Christ’s life, death and resurrection, to reenact them in our lives.

Wheelchair access is available at each service. Wheelchair access to the Sanctuary is located at the Sanctuary east entrance near the parking lot. All entrances to the Dunn-Smith Center are wheelchair accessible, and all campus buildings are wheelchair accessible through the covered center walkways that connect the four buildings.