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

First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale Invites You to Celebrate Holy Week and Easter where Faith Comes Alive

Fort Lauderdale, FL (March 3, 2016) – Everyone is invited and welcome to celebrate Holy Week and Easter with First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. Your faith will come alive during this week-long observance, which includes a packed schedule of events, beginning with Palm Sunday on March 20, 2016, and culminating with a magnificent celebration on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016.


Attendees will be able to experience the true meaning of Easter and engage the head, heart and soul through worship, music, communion, a live dramatization and an inspiring, timely and relevant message from the church’s pastor.


“Our unique worship throughout Holy Week and Easter offers fellow Christ-followers an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Jesus Christ as well as celebrate His life, death and resurrection,” said Rev. Dr. Russell H. Ritchel, Jr. Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale. “We’re excited that this year, in addition to our traditional and contemporary worship, we are offering friends, family and visitors of all ages and faiths a multitude of ways to actively participate.”


Highlights of the 2016 Holy Week schedule of programs include: a special concert, “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” featuring a collection of African-American spirituals; a Labyrinth walk and contemplative prayer; a live dramatization of DaVinci’s “The Last Supper;” a light luncheon following Good Friday worship; and a full, festive Easter Sunday celebration for the whole family.


“The death and resurrection of Jesus is a reminder that our relationship with the Lord is one of acceptance and unconditional love,” said Rev. Dr. Ritchel. “That’s the feeling we want people to have when they attend our Easter celebration.”


The Easter Sunday celebration will begin with a sunrise service at 8 a.m. in Colee Hammock Park, along the banks of the New River at 1500 Brickell Drive, offering a scenic setting to celebrate the coming of Easter. The church’s traditional and contemporary worship services will follow at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.


Colee Hammock Park is also the site of First Presbyterian’s Easter “Eggstravaganza,” which includes an Easter Egg Hunt, crafts, face painting, games and more. This event will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can RSVP for the Egg Hunt by calling (954) 589-9341 or emailing Cindy at cindyv@firstpres.cc.


The full Holy Week schedule of events includes:


Palm Sunday

Sunday, March 20, 2016

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


Palm Sunday Concert

Sunday, March 20, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.

This year’s concert will feature “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit”, a collection of African–American spirituals arranged by John Rutter. The work is written for mixed choir and soprano solo which will be performed by Ashley Palmer Lindsay.


Labyrinth Walk

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fellowship Hall

Contemplative time of prayer


Maundy Thursday

Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

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

Including Communion in the Sanctuary


Good Friday

Friday, March 25, 2016

Worship at Noon in the Sanctuary.

Light lunch will be provided immediately following worship in Fellowship Hall


Easter Sunday

Sunday, March 27, 2016

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.