Holy Week Activities and Services

The faith leaders of the churches in Bolton Hill walk together during the neighborhood Palm Procession.

During Holy Week, our Sunday worship times are 11 a.m. on April 9 (Palm Sunday) and April 16 (Easter Sunday), but our Education Hour and Meditation Circle will not take place.


The following activities and services are planned:

Palm Sunday, Sunday,  April 9

We gather with our friends from Corpus Christi Catholic Church and Memorial Episcopal Church for an annual neighborhood Palm Procession. Meet in the park on Park Avenue just north of McMechen Street at the fountain at 9:45 a.m.  Enjoy a coffee hour after the parade before 11 a.m. Worship.


“Palm Sunday” Night Live, Sunday,  April 9, 5:30 – 8 pm

April’s gathering for middle and high school youth will focus on the Passion. Why do we call the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Passion? How does it relate to what we are passionate about in our own lives? Join us for dinner, games and conversation.


Taize Prayer Service, Tuesday,  April 11, 7-7:45 pm

A service of prayer featuring music from the Taize community and periods of silence.


Theology on Tap, Tuesday, April 11, 8-9:30 pm

This month, our monthly bar-based discussion group falls on Holy Tuesday. We are encouraging our Theology on Tap folks to attend the Taize prayer service at Brown Memorial (7:00-7:45 pm) and then regroup around the corner at The Brass Tap (1205 W. Mount Royal Avenue) for further reflection and hanging out.


Maunday Thursday, April 13, 5:30-7:15 pm

A simple meal of soup, salad and bread is served at 5:30, followed by a contemplative worship experience. Communion is served. There is no charge for this meal but we do need volunteers to help provide the meal. Share your favorite soup,  salad or bread with the congregation. Choir rehearsal will begin at 7:30 p.m. Childcare for infants and toddlers is available for this service upon request. Please contact Rachel Cunningham if you can help with the meal or would like childcare. So that we may have an approximate head count, RSVP by April 10 to [email protected], or (410)523-1542 Ext. 14.


Good Friday Tenebrae Service, Friday,  April 14, 7:30 pm

This is an opportunity to sit with the growing darkness of Jesus’ arrest, condemnation and execution. The word “tenebrae” is Latin for darkness or shadows, and this is reflected in a service that progresses from dim light to total darkness amid prayer, music and waiting for the light of Easter Sunday. (Note: the darkness of this service may be unsettling to some young children.) Shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking lot at Mt. Royal Elementary School (121 McMechen St.).


Easter Decorating, Saturday,  April 15 10 a.m.-Noon

We will decorate the Sanctuary in preparation for Easter and would love a good crowd. We invite all to help turn our “sacred space” into a spring garden. Many hands make the job go even faster.


Easter Sunrise Service, Sunday,  April 16, 6 am

We are partnering with Light Street Presbyterian Church for a sunrise service in Federal Hill. The sight of daylight breaking over Baltimore City is a spectacular backdrop to a simple service of witness to Christ’s resurrection. Gather with Associate Pastor Tim Hughes in the park at 6 a.m. for songs, liturgy, prayers and good news. Breakfast at Miss Shirley’s follows.


Easter, Sunday,  April 16, 11 a.m.

We joyfully celebrate the resurrection in community. Music by our Chancel Choir, soloists and brass quintet,  under the direction of Tom Hall. Childcare for infants and toddlers is available. Communion is served. Join us for light refreshments following worship.