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Holy Week & Easter

Hello First Church Family! It’s been a while since many of us have been able to be with each other in person, and we miss seeing all of your faces in worship. We are very excited to announce that we are offering more in-person worship opportunities starting this Easter Sunday, April 4th. There will be four in-person services (inside & outside) and four online services throughout the morning.

Space is limited and registration is required. Masks are also required at all of our in-person services.  Register online or call (850.432.1434) Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm, to find out more about our service times and to register.  

Holy Week opportunities for all ages; including services, a Labyrinth, Palm Sunday Parade, Easter Egg Hunt, and more are listed below. 

Hope to see you online or in person this Holy Week and Easter!


Easter Lilies CLICK HERE TO VIEW LIST
You may honor, celebrate or memorialize individuals or events by purchasing an Easter Lily for $12 each. The Easter Lilies will then be placed on the Lawn, in the Gym, and Wesley Abbey during Easter. You may take home your Easter Lily following the 11:00am Easter morning services. A complete list of all lilies will be available online. Orders must be placed by Palm Sunday (March 28). Email Sarah Bullock Head (SHead@FUMCPensacola.com) with any questions.


HOLY WEEk

A Word From Wesley
Each Day | 8:00am | watch on Facebook & FUMCPensacola.com
Join us for our Daily Word from Senior Pastor, Dr. Wesley H. Wachob. Dr. Wachob will be giving us an encouraging word each morning, Monday – Saturday. These videos will be regularly posted at 8:00am on our Facebook and website. Click HERE to view past videos.


Virtual Labyrinth & Stations of the Cross
The congregation is invited to use this virtual opportunity to focus their hearts and minds on the significance of Holy Week, as we all prepare ourselves for the coming Easter Sunday. We have provided a virtual version of our annual Labyrinth and Stations of the Cross with guided meditations written by Donell Seager, Spiritual Director. Click HERE to view the printable PDF.

Longhollow Park Labyrinth
We invite you to use the in-person Labyrinth at Longhollow Park (1001 North Guillemard Street) utilizing the guided meditations written by Donell Seager, Spiritual Director. Click HERE to view the printable PDF.


Easter Egg HuntCLICK HERE TO REGISTER
Saturday, March 27 | 3:30 – 5:00pm
Join us for our Annual Easter Egg Hunt, but with a twist! We want to keep our family and friends safe, so this year we will be having a drive-by hunt right from your car. You will have the opportunity to RSVP for one neighborhood hunt. You will be provided hints on what FUMC houses to drive to with your family where you will see a big egg sign at each location! Your child will be given a special Easter treat at each house. Your goal will be to find 12 big eggs in each neighborhood.

Palm/Passion Sunday Services – CLICK HERE TO REGISTER
March 28 | Online at 8:00, 9:30, 11:00am, watch on Facebook & FUMCPensacola.com
In-Person at 9:00am, (registration required)
Palm / Passion Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time where we remember the sacrifice God made for us. As Palm Sunday begins, the crowd waves palm branches, wanting to crown Jesus as king. But as the story of the passion unfolds, their shouts of praise turn to demands for his crucifixion; he receives a crown of thorns as he is handed over to be mocked and killed. We invite you to decorate your front door or mailbox with palms for Palm Sunday!


Palm Sunday Labyrinth Walk, Parade, & Picnic
March 28 | 9:30am – 12:30pm
We invite people of all ages to walk the in-person Labyrinth at Longhollow Park located at 1001 North Guillemard Street (open 9:30am -12:30pm), a special outdoor Palm Sunday Parade at Wesley Haven Villa Assisted Living for the residents and staff (meet at 10:00am), followed by a picnic and fellowship at Longhollow Park. You are welcome to bring your own meal, or can reserve a boxed lunch by clicking HERE. Email Info@fumcpensacola.com with any questions.


Holy Week Musical Reflections Concert
March 30 & 31 | 7:00pm | Online ONLY, watch on Facebook & FUMCPensacola.com
Tune in for this special online Holy Week concert presented by musicians from First United Methodist Church of Pensacola.

Maundy Thursday Service
April 1 | 7:00pm | Online ONLY, watch on Facebook & FUMCPensacola.com
Join us online for a short Holy Thursday message from Dr. Wesley H. Wacob and some special music.

Good Friday Service
April 2 | 7:00pm | Online ONLY, watch on Facebook & FUMCPensacola.com
Tenebrae is a service of darkness commemorating the crucifixion. This service includes readings from the passion narrative while candles are extinguished. Join us online for this special service.


Easter Sunday Worship – April 4th

Registration & masks are required for all in-person services. Click on the links below to register or call 850-432-1434, Monday – Thursday, 9:00am – 1:00pm. Childcare will NOT be provided for any of our in-person services.

Online Easter Services
6:30, 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00am | watch on Facebook & FUMCPensacola.com
Sermon from Dr. Wesley H. Wachob and special music from Rev. Rick & Heidi Branch, Libby Hargraves, & Brian Brown along with the Perdido Brass.

6:30am Sunrise Easter Service | Front LawnREGISTRATION CLOSED
Sermon from Dr. Wesley H. Wachob and music from ICON praise team.

8:00am Traditional Easter Service | H.R. Activities Center SERVICE FULL
Sermon from Dr. Wesley H. Wachob and special music from Rev. Rick & Heidi Branch, Libby Hargrave, & Brian Brown along with the Perdido Brass. (100 person cap)

11:00am Traditional Easter Service | H.R. Activities Center SERVICE FULL
Sermon from Dr. Wesley H. Wachob and special music from Rev. Rick & Heidi Branch, and Libby Hargrave; along with the Perdido Brass. (100 person cap)

11:00am ICON Easter Service | Wesley Abbey SERVICE FULL
Sermon from Rev. Brandon Bures and music from the ICON praise team. (75 person cap)