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First Baptist Church of West Townsend (461 Main St.)

— will hold a Good Friday service of communion at 7 p.m. on April 2. Easter Sunrise Service will be in the Prayer Garden on the riverbank behind the church at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday the 4th; our main Easter service in the sanctuary will be at 10 a.m. (regular Sunday services are at 9:30 and 11 a.m.).

Federated Church of Ayer

The Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services at the Federated Church of Ayer will feature harpist Rebecca Swett. The meditation service will be led by Rev. Dr. Priscilla L. Denham.

The Maundy Thursday, April 1, service will begin at 7 p.m.; the topic is Sloth, the last of the Seven Deadly Sins series.

The Good Friday, April 2, service begins at noon and will include music by harpist Rebecca Swett.

The Easter Sunday service will begin at 9:45 a.m.

All are welcome to all of our services and activities.

The Federated Church of Ayer is affiliated with the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church and the American Baptist Church. The church, which is located at 21 Washington St., is handicapped accessible from the back of the church. For more information, please visit our Web site at

Share Easter with a missionary

The First Baptist Church, 365 Main St.,, Groton (, 978 272 1335) will “Share Easter with a missionary,” on April 4 — Missions Sunday; 9:30 a.m. Sunday School, Robert Mickey, Missionary to Kenya, Africa; 10:45 a.m. Service, Cal Fuller, “Winning New England for Eternity.” Plus a testimony and presentation from Al Choquette, “Planting a Church” in Portsmouth, N.H.

Townsend United Methodist Church, 265 Main St., Townsend Center

Palm Sunday Service: Sunday, March 28, 11 a.m. Nursery Care and Sunday School are available and everyone is welcome.

Good Friday Ecumenical Service: Fri. April 2, 7 p.m. All Welcome.

Easter Sunrise Service: Sun. April 4, 6 a.m. at The Cooperage overlooking Townsend Harbor Pond, 70 Main St. ( Rt. 119), Townsend. A Service of Song, Prayer & Message; a beautiful way to begin your Easter Day, sponsored by Townsend Methodist Church.

Easter Morning Pancake Breakfast: 6:45 a.m. The breakfast at the church is following the 6 a.m. Sunrise Service at The Cooperage. It is Free, with donations accepted. Please call 978-597-2486 for more information.

Union Congregational Church, Groton

All are welcome for Holy Week and Easter Services at Union Congregational Church.

March 28:Palm Sunday, 10 a.m. worship followed by coffee and fellowship.

April 1: Maundy Thursday, 7:30 p.m. worship with a dramatic reading of Jesus’ last days with the extinguishing of light.

April 4: Easter Sunday, 10 a.m. worship featuring choirs, hand bells and trumpet, followed by coffee and fellowship. Nursery care is available.

Located at 218 Main St., on the corner of Willowdale Road in Groton. For more information, contact the church office at 978-448-2091 or visit

Shirley Pepperell Episcopal Partnership

March 27: Thanksgiving Dinner with Jesus — Children’s Learning Event

10 a.m. to noon. For children of all ages; “hands on” learning about Holy Communion

St. David’s: We will bake bread for the Eucharist, try on some of the priest’s vestments, and set the table as we learn about Jesus’ meal with his friends first held 2,000 years ago and continuing as our Thanksgiving meal every Sunday.

March 28: Palm/Passion Sunday

Trinity Chapel: breakfast at 8 a.m. Palm procession, Passion reading and Eucharist at 9 a.m.

St. David’s: Palm procession, Passion reading and Eucharist at 11 a.m.

April 1: Maundy Thursday St. David’s, 7 p.m. Foot washing and Eucharist service with the stripping of the altar.

April 2: Good Friday, Trinity Chapel, 7 p.m. Passion reading and solemn collects. Holy Communion from the reserve sacrament.

April 3: Easter Vigil — St. David’s, 8 p.m. Lighting the Pascal Candle, The Story of Salvation, Renewal of Baptismal Vows, Easter Eucharist

April 4: Easter Sunday

Trinity Chapel — Worship 9 a.m., breakfast, 8 a.m., egg hunt 10:30 a.m.

St. David’s — Worship 11 a.m.

Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 80 Champney St., Groton.

Palm Sunday: March 28 at 10:15 a.m. with special music

Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 1. A seder will be held at SOV beginning at 6 p.m. Call for information: Janet Vesper 978-597-8605 or Jeanne Iburg 978-448-2409.

Good Friday: Friday, April 2, 7:30 p.m. with special music

Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 3, 7:30 p.m.

Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 4: 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. with special music.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Ayer (978-772-2615)

Palm Sunday, March 28

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite I

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II

(Liturgy of the Palms)

Maundy Thursday – April 1

7 p.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II followed with foot washing and stripping of the Altar.

Good Friday – April 2

Noon – Good Friday Noonday Office

5:30 p.m. – Stations of the Cross with Children’s Meditation

7 p.m. – Good Friday Liturgy

Easter Vigil – Saturday, April 3

7 p.m. – First Eucharist of Easter

Easter Sunday, April 4

8 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite I (with music)

10 a.m. – Holy Eucharist Rite II (with choir)

Our Lady of Grace Parish

Worshiping at St Joseph Church at 28 Tarbell St, Pepperell & St. James Church at 13 St James Avenue, West Groton.

Holy Thursday — Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m. at St. James Church

Good Friday — Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m. at St Joseph Church

Easter Vigil — 8 p.m. at St Joseph Church

Easter — 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. at St James Church & 10:30 a.m. at St Joseph Church.