Lent & Easter at Grace

Holy Week Services at Grace

Palm Sunday, April 2:

  • 9:00am (in-person and online)
  • 10:00am Engagement Hour
  • 11:00am in-person

Maundy Thursday, April 6:

  • 7:30pm Communion Service (in-person and online)
  • We will be worshiping with our friends from Haymarket Church and St. Thomas UMC
  • Here is a special resource called “A Different Kind of Dinner” for families and individuals to experience in-home worship.

Good Friday, April 7:

  • 12pm in-person
  • 7:30pm (in-person and online)

Easter Sunday Services at Grace

  • 6:30am Sunrise (outdoors/bring a chair)
  • 9:00am (in-person and online)
  • 11:00am in-person

*Communion will be served at all services.
*Children are welcome at all services. Nursery is open at 9:00 and 11:00am.
*Overflow parking is available at Wellington Pool (on Wellington and Hendley Rds.) or at the Giant shopping center on Wellington Rd.

There will be a ‘living cross’ (a wire cross that is filled with fresh flowers) outside the front door. Consider bringing fresh flowers to add to it and plan to take your Easter Sunday photo in front of it!

    Interested in dedicating Easter flowers in honor or memory of a loved one? Click the link below.

    Lenten Season 2023

    Lent was originally a final 40-day season of prayer, fasting, and self-examination undergone by those planning to be baptized on Easter day. Over time this practice became a tradition of the whole church, to spend 40 days in intentional prayer, penitence, and focus on just what has occurred in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    This year we will journey through the season with the help of the Psalms, the Bible’s hymnal, pausing especially to note that these are Psalms Jesus himself prayed. In them we will look for the good news revealed in Christ, made available to us as well as another Lent begins.

    Ash Wednesday

    The Christian season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. This ancient tradition starts the 40 day season in prayer and repentance, with our eyes set on the story of our salvation which lies ahead of us.

    Lenten Devotional

    This year’s theme is “Stories of Grace: How God has impacted your life through Grace UMC recently.” The devotional is available here on the website and as a printed copy at Grace. You may also subscribe to receive the devotions daily via email.

    Lenten Challenges

    Are you looking for unique ways to experience Lent this year? Consider trying one or all of these Lenten challenges from your pastors. The intention is to look inward and connect with Jesus during this time leading up to Easter.

    Engagement Hour Opportunities

    Take a look at the many ways to spend your Sundays during Grace’s 10am Engagement Hour this Lenten season:

    Worship services are offered every Sunday morning at 9am and 11am in the sanctuary (9am service is also live-streamed and recorded).
    At 10am, Engagement Hour opportunities for all ages are available throughout Grace.

    For more information about Grace UMC, please feel free to contact the church office at 703-361-7800 or office@umcgrace.org.