2018 Easter Sunday is April 1.
We hope to see you at at some of the many special opportunities available to you on Holy Week, March 25 to April 1, or at one of our Easter Sunday services. Below is a list of activities, services, and observances, along with descriptions of each. If you have any questions or would like more information about First United Methodist Church, please feel free to call us at 918-341-4580. We would love to talk to you.
Easter Sunday Worship –
Our Central Campus at 1615 North Highway 88 worships at 6:30, 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 a.m. Vessel Church at 1301 West Country Club Road, near the movie theater, worships at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. For any who would like to receive it, communion is served at all of our Easter Sunday services.
Take a look at the special Easter Services available for you this year:
Highway 88 Campus –
Our 6:30 Sunrise Service takes place at the church pond. As we listen to Pastor Ray’s message, we can just imagine that glorious day when the ladies went to the tomb and found it empty! Acoustic music is provided by praise band, Atoned, in our new pond-side pavilion. Breakfast items will be served in the church coffeeshop following the service.
The 8:30 Heritage Service provides a traditional feel with hymns, choir, and orchestra.
At the 9:45 Blue Jeans Service our praise band, Atoned, delivers energetic music with a modern vibe.
The Open Table Service at 11:00 is a mix of traditional and contemporary sounds. Our chancel choir will lead hymns and an anthem. Elevate youth band will lead with modern music.
One of the most captivating Easter Sunday moments at the Main campus is when a cross, covered with beautiful fresh flowers, is carried from the back of the Sanctuary and placed on the chancel for all to see. Everyone is invited to bring fresh flowers for the cross. They can be gathered from your yard or purchased at a store.
A nursery is provided for children ages 3 and under from 8:30 until noon. Special Easter activities for all children take place at the 9:45 and 11:00 hours.
Vessel Church –
Located near the movie theater, Vessel Church has worship services at 9:00 and 10:30. Praise band, glorifi, provides modern worship music.
Sunday school is available for children 4th grade and younger.
Holy Week, March 25 to April 1
Holy Week is the week before Easter, and First United Methodist Church is busy preparing events to make this important time more meaningful to you. You are invited to all of these special Holy Week observances.
Palm Sunday, April 9
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. We celebrate by waving palms to commemorate Jesus’ triumphant ride into Jerusalem.
At Central Campus, handbells play in the 8:30 and 11:00 services, and children joyously treat us to a song or two in the 9:45 and 11:00 services. The emotional end of the service previews the solemn week ahead.
Vessel Church, near the movie theater, observes Palm Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 a.m. with the waving of palms.
Maundy Thursday, March 29
At 6:00 we gather in the Family Life Center, on our Main Campus, for a potluck dinner. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. The church is providing a meat dish, tea and water.
The Last Supper Drama begins at 7:00 after the meal. The dramatization of the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples has been a part of our church’s Easter festivities for decades. Our chancel is transformed into the Upper Room where you will hear eyewitness accounts of Jesus’ ministry from each disciple.
The potluck meal and Last Supper drama take the place of Bridge Service on Holy Week. Buses pick up at the regular time, but will not take riders home until after the service at around 8:00.
Good Friday, March 30
At 7:00 p.m., our youth provides a special service. Each year the service is different, but it always has a great impact on the audience. Since the production is about the suffering a death of our Lord Jesus Christ, the service may not be appropriate for children. Childcare is available.
Saturday Service of Hope, March 31
At 7:30 p.m. we gather at the pond on the west side of theCentral Campus property for a short prayer service. We can just imagine what it must have been like for Jesus’ followers after his death on the cross, not knowing what would happen next. Do they dare hope for a resurrection miracle? We will place candles representing our hopes on the water and watch as they float gently across pond. This is a great service for children and adults of all ages.
Easter Sunday, April 1
See the top of this page for descriptions of all our Easter Sunday Services.