BENNINGTON - The First Baptist Church of Bennington will be holding their Holy Week services beginning with Palm Sunday on March 24. The service begins at 9:30 a.m.

The children will lead the procession of the palms, and all assembled will join together in the joyful anthem "The Palms" with the Rev. Jerrod Hugenot will serve as the soloist and organist Charles Olegar will lead the congregation in song.

The minister will offer the sermon "The tragedy unfolds," reflecting on how Sunday's hosannas will turn to sounds of jeer and denial.

On Maundy Thursday evening, March 28, a community-wide potluck will be offered, followed by the communion service at 7 p.m.

Anyone is welcome to attend the meal or the religious service. The congregation will sing reflective and somber hymns befitting the evening's remembering of Jesus' last meal with his disciples, including the hymn "O Come and mourn with me awhile."

On Easter Sunday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m., First Baptist celebrates Easter with the children's butterfly procession, joyful hymns, and proclamation. Easter music, with organ and a seven-piece brass ensemble, includes two festive pieces by French masters Dupre and Widor (the well-known Toccata), along with newly-composed hymn accompaniments by Olegar, Director of Music. The Rev. Hugenot offers the sermon "Let Him Easter in us," referencing the poetic phrase of monastic Thomas Merton.

An Easter egg hunt for children and coffee hour fellowship follows the service at 10:45 a.


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An American Baptist congregation, the First Baptist Church is located at 601 Main Street in downtown Bennington. Learn more by visiting www.fbcbennington.org "liking" the church's Facebook page, or contacting the church office at 442-2105.