Our congregation follows the traditional church calendar, with worship themes celebrating special days such as Palm Sunday (the week before Easter) and in keeping with liturgical seasons such as Advent (celebrated the four Sundays before Christmas) and Lent (the five Sundays before Easter). In addition, other holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Mothers’ and Fathers’ Days, or Veteran’s Day, may be incorporated into worship in various ways.
Beyond regular Sunday services, a number of other worship opportunities are offered during the year:
- Christmas Eve on December 24 includes a lively, child-friendly celebration at 5 p.m., followed by a quieter, more reflective service at 9 p.m.
- A service on Ash Wednesday, beginning the season of Lent, takes place at 7:30 p.m.
- Holy Week events include Maundy Thursday, with a 6:30 p.m. soup supper followed by 7 p.m. communion and foot washing; Good Friday worship at 7:30 p.m. followed by a walk with the cross to Meetinghouse Hill; plus our sanctuary will be open to all for silent prayer on Holy Saturday.
- On Easter morning, in addition to the grand and joyous 10 a.m. service in our sanctuary, an outdoor service takes place at sunrise on Meetinghouse Hill, followed by a breakfast reception at the church.
Two other seasonal Sunday morning services take place away from our sanctuary. In the summer, an August outdoor worship service takes place in our pastor’s back yard. In the fall, during the weekend of the Deerfield Fair, our Sunday morning service is in conjunction with the Deerfield Bible Church and takes place at the bandstand on the fairgrounds (i.e. there is no 9 a.m. service in our sanctuary during fair weekend).
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