Activities for Holy Week & Easter at the Camas UMC!
(Please scroll below for important information about our Easter hunt.)
Last call for home-decorated Lent Crosses is Sunday March 29th!Please bring your decorated cross to the church so they can be displayed Easter Sunday. Last chance also to donate items for our Easter hunt! We need small toys and stickers, cans of tuna, and socks also by Sunday, March 29th!
Easter arrives April 5! A list of Holy Week and Easter celebrations are below:
Palm Sunday March 29th. Palm Sunday is a favorite morning service, at 10:00am, held on the Sunday before Easter. This is the Sunday Christians celebrate the arrival of Jesus and his followers into the city of Jerusalem. At his arrival, the people of the city lined the streets to welcome him and raise palm branches in his honor. Our celebration will include singing and waving palm branches. We will also have a few members of the Camas-Washougal Community Orchestra with us for this fun Sunday.
Wednesday April 1st: “Maundy Wednesday.” This evening dinner is a casual small group gathering as we reflect on the ‘Last Supper’ Jesus celebrated together with his companions. This is a potluck meal beginning at 6pm in the downstairs fellowship hall. This meal is Wednesday instead of the traditional Thursday to correspond with our weekly Wednesday potluck dinner.
Friday evening, April 3rd is our Good Friday service, in the sanctuary at 7:00pm. This solemn taize music and prayer service with the celebration of Holy Communion. Good Friday is the day Christians observe as the day Jesus of Nazareth died on the cross. We reflect on the weight of that reality, and what it means as we await Easter.
Easter service will be Sunday April 5 at 10:00am. Our Easter celebration is traditional and joyful with singing, prayers, a sermon, a children’s message and Sunday School. If you like, come early (at 9:00am) and bring fresh flowers! We use these flowers to decorate the Easter cross that crowns our sanctuary.
Our Easter hunt is different than other egg hunts: Our hunt event includes candy–but, it does not emphasize candy. Instead the focus is on the fun of finding hidden items & sharing our gifts with others.
How it works: Young children (5th grade and younger) will be invited to hunt for items hidden for the hunt. The items hidden include plastic eggs with small toys and stickers hidden inside. We also hide cans of tuna fish and pairs of children’s socks.
What happens to the toys and stickers the children find? The children get to keep them!
What happens to the tuna fish and socks the children find? The children can exchange these items for Easter candy, which the church provides. (Parents who would prefer to minimize candy can help supervise this exchange.)
What happens to the tuna fish and socks collected overall? The tuna fish and socks are donated by our generous congregation. Thank you!! The children get to participate in a truly helpful act of giving. All the cans of tuna will be given to the local Treasure House Food Bank. All the pairs of socks will be given to Northwest Children’s Outreach for needy families.
Easter Donations: We are again asking our congregation to please donate cans of tuna fish, and new socks for children and teens, as well as small toys and stickers (must fit inside a plastic egg) for our Easter hunt. With these donations you will make the children smile, but also you will help to feed and clothe needy families!! Please DO NOT donate candy as the church will provide the candy for the hunt. Please bring donations by Palm Sunday, March 29th.
Our Palm Sunday Messy Church was Tuesday, March 24th and a great success. Thank you everyone who helped and celebrated! Hosanna! (Read more about Messy Church!)
For more information contact:
Message telephone 360 834 2976
Camas United Methodist Church
706 NE 14th Ave
Camas, WA 98607
Office 360 834 2976
daffodils: Easter Morning by Laurence OP Flickr 2014 CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Traveler’s palm 2187 by Rosa Say 2012 Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Bunny Finger Puppet by KATrinket 2007 Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0