WHAT IS LENT?
Lent is a season of preparation leading up to Easter. It is the forty days plus the six Sundays before Easter. It is a time for self-reflection and prayer. This Lent at First United Methodist Church of Belmont, we’ll focus together on the means of grace, the ways in which we experience God’s love and power in our lives. Join us throughout the season as we seek to deepen our faith and live more fully as disciples of Christ.
With Not For
Sundays in Lent: With, Not For
Our church’s mission is to “be more like Jesus for our community and beyond.” In everything we do, we seek to serve and love in the same way Jesus did. Jesus did much for many people. But most of his life, and most of his time, was spent simply being with people, sharing and showing the truth of God’s presence with us. This Lenten season, we’ll be exploring the ways we engage and serve one another, and especially the ways we serve those who are the most vulnerable in our community: being with people, building relationships, and sharing and experiencing the joy of God’s presence together.
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During Lent, we will read and discuss Friendship at the Margins- Discovering Mutuality in Service and Mission by Christopher L. Heuertz and Christine D. Pohl. As our church seeks to be more like Jesus, this book will engage us in conversations to see how the simple practice of friendship can help to bring healing and reconciliation to a hurting world. We will look at how the practice of hospitality and welcome create a community where justice can be lived out with neighbors who are at the margins of our society.
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00 p.m.
Join us for a traditional pancake supper on the night before Lent begins. Why a pancake supper? Pancakes were a good way to use up ingredients like sugar and butter not needed during Lenten fasts. It’s a time of feasting and celebration before the season of penitence begins. Sponsored by our Family Life Team. Join us for a fun night of fellowship, including Pancake Races!
Ash Wednesday Service of Worship
Wednesday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. This moving service includes the Imposition of Ashes, a reminder of our penitence and mourning, and special music from our choir. All are welcome. Nursery care will be available in the children’s wing during worship at 6:30 p.m.
SERVING AND GIVING
Saturday, March 30 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Join us as we visit local organizations that exist to meet the needs of those who are experiencing poverty in our community. We will learn about organizations who seek to offer shelter, food and housing to those who are in need and have an opportunity to learn ways in which we can be active participants who seek justice and help for those who are without right here in our own community.
Sunday, April 7, 12:30 p.m.
We’re throwing a community feast in Stowe Park on April 7 after our eleven o’clock worship service. We’re inviting anyone and everyone to join us, for no reason other than being with them in fellowship.
Feeding the Children
Weekdays, April 19- April 26
Feeding the Children returns on weekday mornings during the school break. Each day we will deliver hot lunches to children whose parents request assistance. Teams will prepare, package and deliver meals. For more information or to sign up to assist, click here.
Meet in the Middle Meals
Wednesdays, March 6 – April 17, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Join us in Carpenter Hall to enjoy food and fellowship with our church family. The cost is $5 per person. No reservations needed. Click here to check out each week’s menu.
Midweek Eucharist Service
Wednesdays, March 13 – April 17, 5:15 p.m.
The Risen Christ comes to be with us whenever we share in Holy Communion. What better way to remain focused and centered during this holy season than to feast with Christ? The service each week is brief, concluding by 5:40 p.m. Join us!
LENT AND EASTER WITH CHILDREN
Children’s Service Afternoon
Sunday, March 31, 2:00 p.m..
Children pre-school through 5th grade are invited to join us at Carillon Assisted Living Center as we play games, do arts & crafts, and have fun with the residents. Plan now to join us as we live out our church values to be more like Jesus. (Pre-school parents, please plan to stay with your children. Kindergarten and up can be dropped off at Carillon at 2pm. There will be no Children’s Choir this Sunday. At 3pm, we plan to bring elementary aged children on the church van back to the church for a snack and play time. You can then pick up your child at church at 4pm. Pre-school children and parents are welcome to join us back at the church as well. You must email Kristi Smith if your child plans to ride to bus to ensure we have enough seat belts.
Walk With Jesus
Wednesday April 10, 6:00 p.m.
Family are invited to walk the way of Jesus from Palm Sunday to Easter at our Walk with Jesus event. Guided, interactive stations will tell the story of God’s great love and prepare us to celebrate what Easter is all about. Click here to register.
Children fifth grade and younger are invited to participate in an Easter Egg hunt on our playground, searching for words or pictures to help tell the Easter story. Following our egg hunt, children and adults will hear a story about Easter and then celebrate Christ’s resurrection with a butterfly release. Adult Sunday School classes are encouraged to join in!
Sunday, April 14 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Join us for worship as we remember Jesus’ Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem, marking the beginning of his final week leading to the cross. Our 11:00 service will begin on the church lawn and include a traditional palm processional.
Lenten Prayer Vigil
Tuesday, April 16, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Our Lenten prayer vigil in the Sanctuary will include interactive prayer experiences and a prayer guide. Click here to sign up. A sign-up sheet will also be available in the narthex on Sundays.
Maundy Thursday Service of Worship
Thursday, April 18 at 7:00 p.m.
Maundy Thursday is named for the mandatum (Latin for “commandment”) Jesus’ gave on this night to love one another as he shared his Last Supper with the disciples. This year, we gather on this night to feast with him again in the celebration of Holy Communion. The service also includes beautiful music and will conclude with a “stripping” of the altar, removing ornamentation and color from the chancel to mark the solemnity of the occasion.
Community Cross Walk
Friday, April 19 at Noon, Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter
Join our brothers and sisters in Christ from around Belmont for a moving walk through downtown Belmont, remembering Christ’s journey to the cross. The walk concludes at First Presbyterian Church.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service
Friday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Our Tenebrae Service, or “Service of Shadows” retells the story of Good Friday through Scripture, music and a gradual dimming of the sanctuary to total darkness. This year our Chancel Choir will present a moving work, The Seven Last Words by John Michael Trotta. We remember on this night what makes Good Friday good, for on this day God’s deepest love for us was revealed in the death of Jesus Christ.
Community Easter Sunrise Service
Sunday, April 21, Greenwood Cemetery
We’ll gather as a community with our brothers and sisters from around Belmont to celebrate the resurrection.
Easter Sunday Service of Worship
Sunday, April 21 at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m.
Join us for Easter Sunday Worship with Holy Communion and special music. It will be a grand day as we celebrate Christ’s victory over sin and death and claim our place as God’s “Easter People!”
Easter Sunday Breakfast
Easter Sunday, April 21, 9:15 a.m.
Join us for breakfast in Carpenter Hall as we celebrate the resurrection together!
Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release
Easter Sunday, April 21, 10 – 10:30 a.m.
Join us for our Easter Egg Hunt and Butterfly Release, happening as part of Easter Sunday worship this year to celebrate the resurrection.