Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 342 S. Chillicothe Road, Aurora, will hold Palm Sunday Weekend Masses at 4:30 p.m. March 23 and 9 and 11 a.m. March 24. Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper will be held at 7 p.m. March 28 with the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 9:30 p.m. and Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 3 p.m. March 29. The Good Friday Service of the Lord's Passion will be held at 7 p.m. March 29.
Faith United Methodist Church, 1235 Tallmadge Road, Brimfield, will hold Holy Week services. Good Friday Service will be held at 7 p.m. March 29.
The Community of Believers Christian Church, 2543 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls, will have a Good Friday Stations of the Cross art exhibition and worship service at 7 p.m. March 29. The entire community is invited to this reflective service. For more information, call the Community of Believers Christian Church at 330-928-5134 or visit www.cobc.org.
The Woman's Ministry of the First Congregational Church of Freedom will provide a free soup and salad dinner for the community from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Good Friday. Following the meal, there will be a Good Friday service for the congregation and the community at 7 p.m. Pastors Jim and Janie Melick invite the folks of Freedom Township and the surrounding communities to join them for a good meal, fellowship and the Good Friday Service. The church is located at the intersection of S.R. 88 and S.R. 303 in Freedom Township.
Hiram Christian Church, 6868 Wakefield Road, will hold Sunday School at 10 a.m. Palm Sunday with children preparing to open worship with the annual parade of palms, commemorating the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. Two worship opportunities will be available on Maundy Thursday with youth-led worship at 7 p.m. March 28 at Hilltop Christian Church in Mantua and a Tenebrae Service at 8 p.m. at Hiram Christian Church. This will include a traditional service of reading through the Passion stories from the Gospel of John, extinguishing lights and Communion commemorating the Last Supper, arrest, trial and crucifixion of Jesus. A Maundy Thursday Prayer Vigil will be held at Hiram Christian Church from 9 p.m. March 28 through 9 p.m. March 29, with a break for the Friday 12:15 p.m. worship service. Worship will be led on Good Friday by Hiram College students at 12:15 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Taize music and reading through the Passion narratives will be held at 7:30 p.m. worship at Mantua Center Christian Church.
Grace Baptist Church, 5915 Rhodes Road, Kent, will hold a Good Friday Communion Service at 7 p.m. March 29. The format of this service will be an adaptation of a traditional "Seven Last Words of Christ" service, the origins of which date back to the early church. Seven meditations will be read during the service (printed versions will also be available), each reflecting on Christ's last words on the cross. Along with these reflections, the service will include choral and congregational singing, prayer, and Communion. The event is open to the public.
Holy Cross Anglican Church, 1046 Lake St., Kent, will celebrate Holy Week with the Procession of Palms and Holy Eucharist at 10 a.m. on Palm Sunday. On Wednesday evening at 7 p.m., those attending will walk and pray the Stations of the Cross. On Maundy Thursday, a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. will be followed by Holy Eucharist at 7 p.m. On Good Friday at 7 p.m., attendees will observe the solemn liturgy for Good Friday. The church encourages everyone to attend.
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 313 N. Depeyster St., Kent, will hold Palm Sunday Masses at 6 p.m. Saturday and 7:30, 9 and 11:30 a.m. March 24. Holy Thursday will be celebrated with an Evening Mass of the Lord's Supper at 7:30 p.m. on March 28, Holy Thursday. At 7:30 p.m. March 29, Good Friday, the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord will be held. All services are open to the public.
The United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 E. Main St., will hold Palm Sunday worship services at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. on March 24. The 10:30 a.m. worship hour will included a children's palm parade.
On Maundy Thursday, March 28, and Good Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m. both evenings, the church will host a performance of Tetelestai, a two-hour musical portraying the events of Holy Week. Admission is free and open to the public; a freewill offering will be taken. On Maundy Thursday, there will be a half-hour Communion service in the Chapel at 7 p.m.
The First Christian Church of Kent, 335 W. Main St., will hold Palm Sunday services on March 24. Casual worship will be held at 8:30 a.m. with traditional worship at 10:45 a.m. Sunday School classes for adults and children will be held at 9:30 a.m.
"Remembering the Upper Room" will be held at 7 p.m. on Maundy Thursday, March 28.
Kent Presbyterian Church, 1456 E. Summit St., will hold Holy Week services. Palm Sunday worship will be held at 10 a.m. March 24 in the Sanctuary. A ritual Seder meal will be held at 7 p.m. March 28 in Grazier Hall. Good Friday worship will be held at 12:15 p.m. March 29 in the Sanctuary.
Holy Week at St. Joseph Church, 11045 St. Joseph Blvd., Mantua, includes "Coming to the Table" on Holy Thursday. The first day of the Triduum begins in the Upper Room with Jesus sharing his Body and Blood in bread and wine. The church will reenact the Washing of the Disciples' Feet, take a collection for the poor with rice bowls, and celebrate the Eucharist. Those attending should plan on staying and praying at the Altar of Repose (attendees may bring spring flowers from their garden, potted plants, or purchased flowers in vases when they come to Mass on Holy Thursday evening). Mass of the Lord's Supper will be held at 7 p.m. Private Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. with the Solemn Night Prayer at 11 p.m. "Taking Up The Cross" will be held on Good Friday. The church will be open for private prayer from noon to 3 p.m. Stations of the Cross will be held at 3 p.m. with the Full Liturgy with Veneration, Petitions, Scriptures & Communion Service at 7 p.m. The Good Friday Liturgy features a reading of the Passion, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion, as well as prayers for the Church and the whole world. A collection for the Holy Land will be taken. Financial contributions help to support the struggling Christian community and to protect Christianity's holiest places.
Portage Faith United Methodist Church, 9922 S.R. 44, will hold a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. March 28 and a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. March 29.
Mogadore Christian Church, 106 S. Cleveland Ave., will host a Prayer Vigil from 6 p.m. Wednesday through 6 p.m. Thursday, followed by the Maundy Thursday service with Communion at 7 p.m. The service will be held at 7 p.m. on Good Friday.
The Randolph United Methodist Church will host a Community Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. March 28. All are welcome.
St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2643 Waterloo Road, will host Palm Sunday Masses at 8 and 10:30 a.m. with distribution of palms. On March 27, Sacrament of Reconciliation will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. On Holy Thursday at 7:30 p.m. the Mass of the Lord's Supper with the commemoration of the institution of the Eucharist and of the Priesthood will be celebrated. On Good Friday, Stations of the Cross will be held at 3 p.m. with the Good Friday Liturgy at 7:30 p.m. This liturgy includes the Proclamation of the Passion, special general intercessions, the Veneration of the Cross and the reception of Holy Communion.
First Church of the Nazarene, 3284 Brady Lake Road, Ravenna Township, will hold a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.
Maplewood Christian Church, 7300 S.R. 88, will have a Holy Thursday service at 7 p.m. March 28 with congregational singing and a message to help attendees reflect on the death of Christ. They will ask, "Why the cross?"
Services will be held at Grace Episcopal Church, 250 W. Cedar Ave. in Ravenna on Palm Sunday with Holy Communion at 8 and 10 a.m. March 24. Evening Prayer is set for 6 p.m. March 25 and 26. A Healing Service with Holy Communion will be held at 6 p.m. March 27. Maundy Thursday service with Holy Communion and Choir is set for 7 p.m. March 28. Stations of the Cross and Good Friday Liturgy is set for 7 p.m. March 29.
The Community Good Friday Service, sponsored by the Ravenna Area Ministerial Association, will be observed at 7 p.m. March 29 at the First United Methodist Church of Ravenna. The theme is Faces Around the Cross as Jesus was crucified. Each reflection will be presented by one of the local pastors, and the Ravenna Community Chorus will provide special music. This is a solemn worship, so there will not be any refreshments following.
Holy Week at the First Congregational Church of Rootstown, United Church of Christ, will begin on Palm Sunday with the worship service at 9:45 a.m. including a children's parade of the palms, special music by the Bell Choir and Psalm Singers, and a message on the love of Christ. On Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. there will be a service at the Rootstown United Methodist Church hosting the First Congregational U.C.C. church, Community Bible Church and Passion Community Church with a remembrance of Jesus' Last Supper. On Good Friday, the 7 p.m. service will be held at the First Congregational Church, U.C.C., hosting the Rootstown United Methodist Church, Community Bible and Passion Community churches. There will be a candlelight dramatic presentation of a conversation between Judas and Peter following the arrest of Jesus while they hide in an enclosed room remembering the recent events and how they have been affected by Jesus. All are welcome.
Agape Supper Worship will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 28 in Disciples Hall of the First Christian Church of Stow, 3493 Darrow Road. Reservations are needed by calling 330-688-4450. Stow Community Good Friday Service will be held at noon March 29 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 3179 Kent Road. For information, call 330-688-6411.
Tallmadge Lutheran Church, 759 East Ave., will observe Holy Week with services on Palm Sunday at 8 and 10:30 a.m. that include a cantata that portrays the Passion week of Jesus' life. Maundy Thursday worship will begin at 7:30 p.m. and includes Holy Communion and the traditional stripping of the altar. Good Friday will begin with a prayer breakfast at 8 a.m. and then with services at noon and 7:30 p.m. The later service will follow the liturgy of Tenebrae and increasing darkness. For more information, call the church office at 330-633-4775 or visit www.TallmadgeLutheranChurch.org.