Area churches plan Passion, Easter services

Hollywood, MD - Churches throughout Southern Maryland are welcoming worshippers to services Easter Sunday, March 27. The day that celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus is preceded by observances on Good Friday, March 25. That morning an ecumenical worship service will be held in Solomons. The service is sponsored by SMILE (Service Makes Individual Lives Exciting), an ecumenical ministry involved by several churches in Southern Calvert County. The service is highlighted by a procession starting at 11:30 a.m. SMILE ministers take turns carrying a cross from St. Peter’s Episcopal Chapel to Our Lady Star of the Sea church for “The Way of the Cross” starting at noon.

Among the Easter Vigil and Easter Sunday services are the following

Calvert County
Jesus the Good Shepherd, Owings - 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Mass outdoors, 8 a.m. mass in church, and 10:45 a.m. mass in the church and gym.
Dunkirk Baptist - 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service in the Fellowship Hall, 9 a.m. Easter Service in the Main Church Building and 10:30 a.m. Easter Worship in the Worship Center.
Middleham and St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish, Lusby and Solomons - Easter Vigil Saturday, March 26, 7 to 8 p.m.
St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lusby  - Saturday, March 26, 7:30 p.m. Passion Play, and outdoor pageant; Sunday, March 27, Sunrise Worship Service sponsored by Olivet United Methodist Church on the waterfront; 8:20 and 9:40 a.m., Traditional Worship services in the Sanctuary; 11 a.m. Contemporary Worship Service in the Activity Center.
Union Church (Interdenominational), North Beach - Friday, March 25, 6 p.m. Good Friday Supper and Communion. Sunday, March 27, 6 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service, Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant, Chesapeake Beach. The service will be conducted on the second floor.

St. Mary’s County
First Saints United Methodist Church, Leonardtown - Sunday, March 27, 6:30 a.m., Easter Sunrise Service at Greenwell State Park and Piney Point Lighthouse.
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Lexington Park - Saturday, March 26, Easter Vigil, 8 to 11 p.m.; Sunday, March 27, Easter Mass 8:30 a.m.
St. John Francis Regis Parish, Hollywood - Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m., Easter Vigil; Sunday, March 27, Easter Sunday masses at 7, 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Leonardtown Baptist Church - Sunday, March 27, Sunrise Service, 7 a.m.; Worship Service, 8:30 a.m.; Brunch, 10 a.m.; Worship Service, 11:15 a.m.

Charles County
La Plata United Methodist Church - Sunday, March 27, 6:30 a.m., Sunrise Service; 11 a.m. Worship Service.
Our Lady Hope of Christians, Waldorf - Saturday, March 26, 8 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass; Sunday, March 27 Easter masses at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m., Spanish Mass at 7 p.m.
Christ Church Old Durham Parish, Nanjemoy - Saturday, March 26, Easter Vigil at St. James Church in Indian Head, 7 - 9 p.m.; Sunday, March 27, The Sunday of the Resurrection, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

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