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
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.