Updated: Holy Week and Easter celebrations at Brookside Church

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Rev. Laura Biddle leads the children on a Hosannah palm branch parade in the Sanctuary at Brookside on Palm Sunday 2022. Photo/Lisa Fleming Brock

Note: Due to an editing error this story did not run in its entirety on Friday. It has been updated.

MANCHESTER, NH – Everyone is invited and welcome to celebrate Holy Week and Easter with Brookside Church located at 2013 Elm St. in Manchester’s North End.

“You belong in this inclusive and spiritually alive church! Please join us for the sacred journey of Holy Week that begins this Palm Sunday, April 2 with a palm branch parade inside the Sanctuary,” said the Rev. Laura Biddle, minister of Brookside Church.

“Friend or stranger, you belong in the crowd.  We will present an original drama titled ‘Following Jesus in the Shadows’ on Maundy Thursday, April 6, and triumphantly celebrate the joy of the resurrection of Jesus together on Easter Sunday, April 9,” Biddle said.

Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday, April 2 at 10 a.m.:  Palm Sunday begins with joy, laughter, a little chaos, and palms that will be scattered around the sanctuary. We will be re-enacting the entrance into Jerusalem around Jesus who rides on a donkey. Children will join us as we boldly sing Hosannahs and parade around the church, following Jesus into Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday, Tenebrae Service, April 6 at 7:00 p.m.: The sanctuary will open at 6:45 pm for silent mediation and private prayer. The Tenebrae service will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Holy Communion and an original drama written by Rev. Laura titled “Following Jesus in the Shadows.” The evening will end in silence.
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Andrew Daigle lights a candle during the Tenebrae Service at Brookside on Maundy Thursday 2022.

Easter Sunday Service, April 9 at 10 a.m.:  Easter begins in the garden at the empty tomb. This year Nottingham Brass will join our Chancel Choir to lead Easter music and hymns. Children will begin in the Spiritual Art Class and then join us for the ritual of decorating the empty cross with colorful flowers. An Easter Egg Hunt will follow for children fourth grade and under.

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Rev. Laura Biddle proclaims the benediction in front of the flower cross made by the congregation at Brookside Easter 2022.
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Kids search for treat-filled eggs in the Brookside Easter Egg hunt 2022.

All services will be livestreaming on the church Facebook page and also accessible on the church website: https://www.brooksidecc.org/worship

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