401 SE 15th Ave.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Offers Options for Everyone to Celebrate Holy Week and Easter

Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 17, 2015) – For Holy Week, First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, 401 SE 15 Ave., will once again offer multiple chances to celebrate Easter with their packed schedule of events, including traditional worship services and non-traditional programs, from March 29 to April 5, 2015. The 2015 Holy Week schedule of programs includes the annual highlight – a live dramatization of “The Last Supper.”

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., in The Sanctuary, actors will recreate “The Last Supper,” Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting of Jesus’ last gathering with all of his disciples. “The Last Supper” dramatization is just one of the unique events that our church offers, but it is a popular one for families and adults of all ages,” said Rev. Dr. Russell H. Ritchel.

“Jesus really was a controversial figure in his day and the characters speak about their role in those events around that table. It provides an inside look into what was going on at that time,” said Rev. Ritchel. Afterward Communion is given, but it is optional. “We have people of different faiths who come and enjoy the dramatization. We do it in such a way that it’s comfortable for everyone.”

On Easter Sunday, Rev. Ritchel said First Presbyterian will offer a full and festive day. “We are always excited because this is the very center of what it means to be a Christian, to celebrate the resurrection,” said Rev. Ritchel.

The Easter Sunday celebrations will include multiple worship services, a full band, traditional music and lilies. “It is fitting that we gather in a such a beautiful outdoor setting in Colee Hammock Park along the edge of the river to celebrate the coming of Easter,” said Rev. Ritchel.

Colee Hammock Park, 1500 Brickell Drive, is also the site of First Presbyterian’s Easter Egg Hunt which will be held on Saturday, April 4 from Noon to 2 p.m. Please RSVP for the Egg Hunt by calling (954)462-6200.


First Presbyterian’s Holy Week schedule of events also includes:

Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 29, 2015

8:30 a.m. – Traditional Worship in Chapel-in-the-Sky

9:30 a.m. – Contemporary Worship in Fellowship Hall

11:00 a.m. – Traditional Worship in the Sanctuary


Labyrinth Walk

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Fellowship Hall (Contemplative time of prayer)


Maundy Thursday

Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Worship service and dramatization of da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”

Includes Communion in the Sanctuary


Good Friday

Friday, April 3, 2015

Worship at Noon in the Sanctuary, Dennis Ryan, soloist

Light lunch will be provided immediately following worship in Fellowship Hall


Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 5, 2015

8:00 a.m. – Sunrise service in Colee Hammock Park

9:30 a.m. – Contemporary worship in Fellowship Hall

9:30 a.m. – Traditional worship in the Sanctuary

11:00 a.m. – Traditional worship in the Sanctuary

For additional information about First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale’s Holy Week, its worship schedule or its diverse array of faith-based and social programming, please visit www.firstpres.cc or call (954) 462-6200. Like what First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale is doing? Show it by clicking here.

About First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale

Founded in 1912, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale is located on the banks of the New River in the historic Colee Hammock neighborhood in downtown Ft. Lauderdale. With more than 1,800 members, and a strong core of volunteers, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale prides itself in offering something for everyone, regardless of age. Since 1947, First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale has operated Happyland Day School, a pre-school for ages two to Kindergarten that provides a quality Christian environment for the children of the community. Adult, youth and children choirs as well as youth groups offer ample opportunity for fellowship at any age. An Adult Activity Center is open to senior citizens and features weekly lunches, entertainment and monthly bus trips. First Presbyterian Church of Ft. Lauderdale offers two regular Sunday services as well as special worship services held throughout the year to commemorate significant days. For more information, please visit the website at www.firstpres.cc