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Holy Week & Easter

The last week in the season of Lent is called Holy Week, and it is quickly approaching. We hope you will join us at First Church as we remember the sacrifice God made for us and focus our hearts and minds on the significance of this season. Lent is a time of preparation. And during Holy Week, in preparation for the coming Easter celebration, we are following Jesus on the way to agony, passion, and death — and then new life.

Click on the buttons below to find out more about what’s happening at First Church this season.

Easter Lilies
Click HERE to purchase
You may honor, celebrate or memorialize individuals or events by purchasing Easter Lilies for $12 each. The Easter Lilies will then be placed on the Lawn, in the Main Sanctuary, and Wesley Abbey during Easter. Orders must be placed by Palm Sunday (April 10).

Easter Egg Hunt & Church-Wide Picnic
Sunday, April 3 | 12:30pm | Alabama Square
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All Children & Tweens, 1 year old – 6th grade, are invited to participate in our annual Easter Egg Hunt. We will enjoy a picnic lunch, storytime, egg hunt, and fellowship. Tweens will experience their own egg hunt with a twist. All families, of children 1 year old – 4th grade, are asked to donate a dozen stuffed eggs per child (no chocolate or nuts please). Please have them dropped off at the church office or preschool lobby by Sunday morning, March 27th. Please put your child’s age group on the bag. There will also be a cookie contest! Cookie contest participants should bring 2-dozen cookies to the picnic and let us know if you would like to participate when you RSVP.

A Word From Wesley
Monday – Saturday Mornings| Facebook &
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 in the morning on our Facebook page and website. Click HERE to view past videos.

JUST FOR KIDSWalking Through Holy Week 
Sunday, April 10 | 9:45 – 10:45 am | 2nd floor Education Building 
Preschool – 4th graders and their families are invited to experience a Walk through Holy Week together along with your church family. This is a special opportunity for families to experience Jesus’ walk to the cross. Children are to be dropped off at 9:45am at their Sunday School room. Parents are to meet us at the catwalk at 10:20am where we will bring the children for the walk through. Contact Lisa Bond for more information.

Palm/Passion Sunday Services
April 10 | 8:30, 11:00, & ICON at 11:00am, Facebook, &
Palm / Passion Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week, a time where we remember the sacrifice God made for us. As Palm Sunday worship begins, we remember that when Jesus made his final entrance into the city of Jerusalem the people welcomed him with shouts of praise and the waving of palm branches hailing him 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.

Palm Sunday Parade, & Lunch
April 10 | 12:15pm
Click HERE to register for lunch – Registration closes April 6
We invite people of all ages to join us for our annual Palm Sunday Parade! We will gather in front of the church following the 11:00am services and parade around our neighborhood, spreading the good word! Following the parade, we will enjoy lunch and fellowship in The Wright Place. Lunch is free/donation, however we ask that you RSVP. Click HERE to sign up! Email with any questions.

Labyrinth & Stations of the Cross
April 11 & 12 | 9:30am – 6:00pm | Wesley Abbey
The congregation is invited to use this sacred space as an 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 also 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.

Journey to the Cross Concert
April 12 | 7:00pm | Main Sanctuary &
Join us for a special Holy Week concert presented by musicians from First United Methodist Church of Pensacola and surrounding churches. Musicians include: Mitzi Holt, Libby Kephart Hargrave, Ty LoVette, Sam Waite, Jennifer Del Gallo-Taylor, Laura M. Young, Rick Branch, Heidi Harris Branch, Kylie Branch, Brian Brown, and special guest, Danny Lyons, Solo Handbell Artist.

Seder Meal
April 14 | 5:30pm | Wright Place 
Click HERE to register – Registration Closes April 11
All are invited to celebrate a special meal.  The Passover Seder meal is an opportunity to remember and understand what Jesus did with his disciples at the Last Supper. Each of the items arranged on your plate has special significance to the retelling of the story of the exodus from Egypt which is the focus of this ritual meal.

Maundy Thursday Service
April 14 | 7:00pm | Main Sanctuary, Facebook, &
On this night we commemorate the supper Jesus shared with his disciples before his crucifixion, when Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and instituted the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. Join us for a Holy Thursday message from Dr. Wesley H. Wacob, music from the Sanctuary Choir, and Holy Communion.

Good Friday Service
April 15 | 7:00pm | Main Sanctuary, Facebook, &
Tenebrae is a service of darkness commemorating the crucifixion. This service includes readings from the passion narrative while candles are extinguished.

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

8:30am Traditional Easter Service | Main Sanctuary & Online
Sermon from Dr. Wesley H. Wachob and special music from Youth Choir along with the Perdido Brass. Childcare provided.

11:00am Traditional Easter Service | Main Sanctuary & Online
Sermon from Dr. Wesley H. Wachob and special music from Adult sanctuary Choir; along with the Perdido Brass. Childcare provided.

11:00am ICON Easter Service | Wesley Abbey & Online
Sermon from Rev. Brandon Bures and music from the ICON praise team.

Easter Brunch
7:30am – 11:00am | Gym
All are invited to join us for our annual Easter Brunch. We will serve First Church Easter favorites with a few new tasty treats! Reservations are not required.