Church news for April 21
St. Peter Parish to present Living Stations of the Cross
GENEVA—Members of St. Peter Parish, Geneva, will present the Living Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The tableaux-style dramatization will take place at the Church, 1891 Kaneville Road.
Each station will highlight a particular character who, in monologue fashion, responds to the penetrating question, “Were you there?” The production is based on the meditation entitled “Journey of Decision: A Way of the Cross,” by Sarah A. O’Malley, OSB; and Robert D. Eimer, OMI. Characters move during music, but freeze during the monologues and narrations. Costuming is minimal, and a prayerful, meditative spirit sets the tone of the presentation.
There is no charge for the one-hour presentation. For more information about the Living Stations of the Cross, please call the Church at (630) 232-0124.
Sugar Grove UMC
Sugar Grove—Sugar Grove United Methodist Church offers a variety of Holy Week services and events. The church is located at 176 Main St., Sugar Grove, and can be contacted at (630) 466-4501.
To recall the Last Supper of Jesus, and to find meaning in the Passover celebration that he observed in his life, the church will gather in its Upper Room for a traditional Seder Meal at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 21. There is no cost and no reservation required.
Grace UMC in Maple Park will hold this year’s ecumenical Kaneland Area Good Friday service on April 22 at 7 p.m. Sugar Grove UMC will join with churches from throguhout the area for this remembrance service. The church is located at 506 Willow St., Maple Park.
Easter services will be held at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on April 24. Special service and a youth-served breakfast will be provided from 9 to 10 a.m. In addition, the children are invited to bring a basket for an egg hunt at 10 a.m. at the church’s front lawn.
Holy Week schedule
set for KUMC
KANEVILLE—The following Holy Week events will take place at Kaneville United Methodist Church, 46W742 Main Street Road:
• April 21—Holy Thursday at 7 p.m. “Living Last Supper” and Communion. “Living Last Supper” is a dramatic presentation of Jesus’ last evening with his disciples.
• April 22—Good Friday will be hosted by Maple Park UMC at 7 p.m.
• April 23—Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil at 10 p.m. in the outdoor garden worship area. An Easter Vigil entails community prayer, scripture and singing with an anticipatory look toward Easter.
• April 24—Easter Sunday, 8 and 10:30 a.m.
St. Charles Episcopal Church services
St. Charles—The St. Charles Episcopal Church invites the community to observe the following Holy Week services.
Maundy Thursday, April 21, 7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist will be followed by the Watch at the Altar of Repose until 9 a.m.
Good Friday, April 22, at 9 a.m. There is a service to end the Watch. At 11 a.m. there will be an Intergenerational Stations of the Cross, and at 7:30 p.m. Holy Eucharist will be distributed from the Reserved Sacrament
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m., will begin with the Lighting of the Paschal Fire in the Memorial Garden. Following the vigil there will be a reception in Ludtke Hall.
Easter Festival Eucharist services, Sunday April 24, will be held at 7:30, 9 and 10:45 a.m.
Holy Week services
at Calvary Episcopal
Batavia—Calvary Episcopal Church announces the following schedule of special services that continue through Easter Sunday, April 24. The public is invited to all services and special events.
Maundy Thursday, April 21, 9:30 a.m. a Morning Prayer and Reflection Service will be held. At 6 p.m., there will be a Simple Agape Dinner. At 7 p.m., the Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper, including ceremonial foot washing, procession and garden watch, will be presented. From 8:30 p.m. to midnight, there will be a Garden Watch at the Altar of Repose. At midnight , there will be a Night Prayer at the Altar of Repose.
Good Friday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. there will be a Morning Prayer and Reflection. At noon, there will be a Community Ecumenical Service of the Seven Last Words. At 3 p.m. there will be a Traditional Stations of the Cross. At 7 p.m. the Solemn Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death (incense will be used)will be held.
Holy Saturday, April 23, 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, Reflection and Preparation of the Pascal Candle; 7:30 p.m. Great Vigil of Easter, including Service of Light, Liturgy of the Word of God and Renewal of Baptismal Vows. First Eucharist of Easter—with Bethany Lutheran Church (incense will be used).
Easter Sunday, April 24, 6 a.m. Community Sunrise Service at Logan Street Baptist Church—clergy from Batavia Covenant, Batavia United Methodist, Calvary Episcopal and Logan Street Baptist churches will participate at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Festival Holy Communion Service, followed by Festive Coffee Hour after each service (incense will be used at 8:00 a.m.).
Calvary is located at 222 South Batavia Ave., at the corner of Route 31 and Main Street. The Rev. Michael Rasicci, rector of Calvary, will officiate and preach at each worship service. For further information, call (630) 879-3378 or visit www.calvary-episcopal.org.
St. Gall Church
Elburn—St. Gall church announced the following services to observe the Lord’s Passion and His Rising on Easter Sunday:
On Holy Thursday, April 21, there will be the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:30 p.m., followed by adoration.
On Good Friday, April 22, the church will be open from noon to 3 p.m. for personal prayer and private reflection time. Stations of the Cross will be held at 1 p.m., and at 7:30 p.m. there will be a Service in Remembrance of the Lord’s Passion.
On Holy Saturday, April 23, at 11 a.m., there will be Blessing of Easter Food and Children’s Candy Baskets. Mass of the Easter Vigil will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday.
On Easter Sunday, Masses are at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. In order to accommodate the large number of parishioners and attendees, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Mass will be held in both the church and St. Gall Parish hall. Please note there will not be a 5 p.m. Easter Mass.
St. Gall is located at the corner of Shannon Street and Route 47 in downtown Elburn.
Elburn Hill Church
Easter Sunrise Service
ELBURN—Elburn Hill Church will have its annual Easter Sunrise Service, which includes the dramatic reading of the Easter story outside on the lawn, at 7:30 a.m. Buffet breakfast will follow in the Victorian Mansion at 8:30 a.m., and the Easter worship service will be at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Maple Park—Grace UMC and St. Mary’s announce Vacation Bible School for Summer 2011.
Join the churches on Friday, April 29, at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Novak Center for their VBS Kickoff. You will get a glimpse of what to expect this year at VBS and a music CD so you can start practicing all the songs. After a short presentation and craft, there will be a dessert bar. Registration for VBS will also be open that night.
The churches will also launch a special mission project called Build Up Our Backpacks. If you need more information about Kickoff, VBS week, or Build Up Our Backpacks, visit www.groupvbspro.com/vbs/ez/maplepark or call (815) 739-4168
KUMC to host Mother-Daughter banquet
KANEVILLE—All women of the community are invited to the Kaneville United Methodist Church (KUMC) annual Mother-Daughter Banquet on Sunday, May 1, from 5 to 7 p.m. The program, “Reflections on My Mother,” will feature the KUMC not-ready-for-prime-time players in two humorous skits: “An Essay on My Mother” and “All Mom Wants.”
Awards, prizes and special music will complete the evening’s program. Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. For more information, call the church at (630) 557-2353.