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Lent The Berwyn United Methodist Church community has wonderful seasonal events and festivals for families throughout the year.

UPCOMING WORSHIP EVENTS

Please be sure to mark your calendars and spread the word about upcoming worship opportunities at Berwyn United Methodist Church.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The English word "Lent" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "lengthen" and refers to the lengthening days of "spring." In many other languages, the word used for this season refers to the 40-day length of the season (cuaresma in Spanish and Tagalog, careme in French, quaresima in Italian) or to the fasting that characterizes it (Fastenzeit in German, fastan in Swedish, paasto in Finnish, posta in Russian). The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.

Holy Week is the final week of Lent, beginning with Passion/Palm Sunday and concluding with Holy Saturday. It is during these days that Scripture readings during Worship focus primarily on the last days and suffering and death of Jesus.

The Great Three Days, from sunset Holy Thursday through sunset Easter Day, are the climax of Lent (and of the whole Christian year) and a bridge into the Easter Season. These days proclaim the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. During these days, the church community journeys with Jesus from the upper room, to the cross, to the tomb, and to the garden.

For the past few years our congregation has done a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem that begins on Ash Wednesday. During Lent we encourage our church family to keep track of steps walked, miles run, biked, swum or hiked. One of our members tallies everyone's number and tracks our journey to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Members get sponsors for their journey and each year money collected goes to a worthy cause or organization. This is a wonderful event for everyone to participate in regardless of ability. Holy Week Activities: Our worship and celebrations during Holy Week will generally be virtual but there will be many activities for your participation:

Sunday, April 10: Join us in-person at 9:30 a.m. or virtual at 10:30 a.m. for Palm Sunday worship

Thursday, April 14: Our Maundy Thursday In-Person communion service in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 15: Our Good Friday In-Person Tenebre service in the sanctuary at 7:00 p.m..

Saturday - April 16: Gloria Saturday Easter egg hunt.
Welcome, children of all ages and their families. Eggs represent the renewal of life. This event will begin with an egg hunt for children beginning at 10:00 a.m. Bring your own bag.

Sunday, April 17: In-person Easter Sunrise Service at 6:30 a.m. in Valley Forge Park sponsored jointly with Paoli, St. Matthews, Valley Forge, Wayne United Methodist Churches and Grace Crossing Community Church. Our joint Easter Sunrise Service will be held at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The service will take place at the Visitor Center Parking Lot Area.

Sunday, April 17: Virtual Easter Sunday worship service and in-person Easter celebration in our sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. via Facebook Live and YouTube.