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South Charlotte

Saint Andrew’s United Methodist

Holy Thursday service

7 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday service

7 p.m. March 25.

Easter Sunday services

9 and 11:15 a.m. March 27. Butterfly release, 10:10 a.m. 1901 Archdale Drive.

Trinity Presbyterian

Maundy Thursday service

The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper will be celebrated. 7:30 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday service

Noon March 25.

Easter service

The service will include the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. 11 a.m. March 27. Gluten-free bread available at all communion services. Worshipers are invited to bring food to share with a local food pantry. 3115 Providence Road.

Calvary Church

Good Friday service

ASL interpretation available. 7 p.m. March 25.

Easter services

Senior Pastor . John Munro will preach on “The Resurrection and the Life.” 9 and 11 a.m. March 27. Child care available at all services. ASL interpretation at the 11 a.m. service. Spanish translation available via headset at both services. 5801 Pineville-Matthews Road.

Providence United Methodist

Good Friday service

The chancel choir will perform “The Seven Last Words of Christ.” 7 p.m. March 25.

Easter Sunday services

The chancel choir will perform “Awake, O Sleeper, Rise From Death” and other selections. 8:30 and 11 a.m. March 27. 2810 Providence Road.

Sharon Presbyterian

Passover Seder

Re-establish your connection with our Old Testament roots and understand the significance of this traditional meal. All ages. $5 per person; free for ages 0-5. 6 p.m. March 24 in the activity building.

Easter Sunday services

Sunrise service, 7 a.m. March 27 in the cemetery. Breakfast, 7:30 a.m. Contemporary service, 8:30 a.m. in the chapel. Traditional service, 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. Children’s egg hunt, 11:30 a.m. 5201 Sharon Road.

Wesley United Methodist

Small-group study

Parents, grandparents, teachers and other leaders are invited to “Words Kids Need to Hear.” Learn simple, well-chosen statements to share with children that can make a profound impact and pave a path toward God. Led by Jeanette Winslow. $10 includes materials. Free child care available. 9:30-11:45 a.m. April 7, 14, 21, and 28. 3715 Rea Road. Register at

Myers Park United Methodist

Maundy Thursday service

Holy Communion. 7:30 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday service

Tenebrae service of darkness. 7:30 p.m. March 25.

Easter Sunday services

Sunrise service, 7 a.m. March 27 at the columbarium. Service will be held in Francis Chapel in bad weather. Sanctuary services at 8:30, 9:45, and 11 a.m. Church-in-the-round service, 8:45 a.m. in Jubilee Hall. Child care available for all services.

End-of-life series

“Tying Up Loose Ends” is a four-part series to help people navigate end-of-life issues. On April 4, Parish Nurse Susan Mobley and Marilyn Morenz will discuss living wills and health care power of attorney. 7 p.m. April 4, 11, 18, and 25. 1501 Queens Road. 704-376-8584;

First Christian Church

Maundy Thursday service

7 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday service

Joint service with SouthPark Christian Church. 7 p.m. March 25 at 6650 Park South Drive.

Easter Sunday service

11 a.m. March 27. 1200 East Blvd. 704-334-3771;

Mouzon United Methodist


Come be a part of our multi-ethnic prayer and praise service, a lively time of celebrating the living presence of God among us. 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. 3100 Selwyn Ave.

CityChurch Charlotte

Weight-loss program

Releasity is an eight-week course that shows you how to overcome overeating with God’s help in a fun and supportive community. $15 includes materials. 7-9 p.m. Thursdays starting April 7. 2300 McClintock Road. Register at

Sharon United Methodist

Sermon series

“The Moment.” Join us March 27 for “Resurrection Moment.” 9 and 11:15 a.m. Sundays. A service on “Moment of Death” will be held at 7 p.m. March 25. 4411 Sharon Road.

South Mecklenburg Presbyterian

Maundy Thursday service

7:30 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday service

Tenebrae service, 7:30 p.m. March 25.

Easter worship

8:10, 9:10, and 10:30 a.m. March 27. 8601 Bryant Farms Road.

Lake Norman

Saint Phillip Missionary Baptist, Huntersville

Maundy Thursday service

We will commemorate the Lord’s Last Supper in preparation for Easter. 7 p.m. March 24.

Easter egg hunt

Community invited. Children should bring baskets. Refreshments will be served. 1 p.m. March 26. 524 Dellwood Drive, Huntersville. 704-875-6180.

Mooresville-area Churches

Easter service

“Lake Norman Sonrise Service” will feature congregational songs, a short Easter message and an opportunity to fellowship with brothers and sisters in Christ from our area. Some participating churches are Bridge Church of the Nazarene, First Baptist, Christ Community Church, Lake City Church, and Harbor Church. 6:30 a.m. March 27 at Bellingham Park, 1600 Bellingham Drive, Mooresville.

Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist, Mooresville

Holy Thursday service

Communion and music by the chancel choir and orchestra. 7 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday service

Part II of the passion trilogy. Child care available. 7 p.m. March 25.

Easter services

Sunrise service, 7 a.m. March 27 in the courtyard. Traditional service, 8:15. CONNECT service, 10:55 a.m. Part III of the passion trilogy at the 9:30 and 11 a.m. services. 575 Brawley School Road, Mooresville.

Fair View United Methodist, Mooresville

Holy Thursday service

7 p.m. March 24 in the sanctuary.

Cross walk march

9:30 a.m. March 25 starting at Central United Methodist.

Easter Sunday services

“Sonrise” service, 7 a.m. March 27 at the pavilion. Breakfast, 8 a.m. Rise service, 9 a.m. Sunday school, 10:15 a.m. Traditional worship service, 11 a.m. 1430 Mecklenburg Hwy., Mooresville.

First Baptist, Mooresville

Lenten luncheon series

Lunch, music, and a brief homily by an area minister. Free; donations accepted to offset costs. 11:45 Thursdays through March 24.

Good Friday service

Tenebrae “songs from the cross” service will feature musical soloists and readings for the seven last words of Christ from the cross. 7 p.m. March 25.

Easter Sunday services

8:30 and 11 a.m. March 27. Sunday school at 9:45 a.m. 150 S. Church St., Mooresville.

Davidson College Presbyterian

Maundy Thursday service

6:30 p.m. March 24 in the Congregation House.

Good Friday service

5 p.m. March 25 in Lingle Chapel.

Easter egg hunt

Bring Easter baskets and join us for an exciting morning of song, egg hunting, snacks, crafts, and fellowship. Children will be divided by age group. 10:30 a.m.-noon March 26.

Easter vigil

7 p.m. March 26 in the sanctuary.

Easter Sunday services

8:30, 9:45 and 11 a.m. March 27. 100 N. Main St., Davidson.

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Lake Norman


The Rev. Amy Brooks will present “From the Tomb We Came.” 11 a.m. March 27. Please bring flowers for our flower communion. Nursery provided for preschool children. Children in grades K-5 go to spiritual exploration following the children’s story during the service. Youth are welcome to stay for the service or join a separate discussion. Services are held at the Woodlawn School, 135 Woodlawn School Loop, Mooresville.

Community in Christ Lutheran, Cornelius

Women’s book club

9:30 a.m. March 23.

Maundy Thursday

Stripping of the altar. 7 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday worship

Remembering the crucifixion. Noon and 7 p.m. March 25.

Easter Sunday services

Celebrate the resurrection. 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. March 27. 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius.

Saint Mark’s Episcopal, Huntersville


Stations of the cross service. The community is invited to join us as we walk through downtown Huntersville and stop at various stations along the way. 7 p.m. March 23 in front of Discovery Place Kids.

Holy Week services

7 p.m. March 24 and 25.

Easter services

8:30 and 11 a.m. March 27. 8600 Mount Holly-Huntersville Road, Huntersville.

Mount Zion United Methodist, Cornelius

Wednesday night worship

6:30 p.m. March 16 service is contemplative and relaxing and serves communion each week; held in the sanctuary.

Maundy Thursday worship service

This service is a remembrance of The Last Supper of Jesus with the celebration of Communion, which is open to all people. 7-8 p.m. March 24 in the sanctuary.

Good Friday worship service

This service will focus on the story of Jesus’ death and will include prayer, scripture reading, hymns and the stripping of the altar. 7-8 p.m. March 25 in the sanctuary.

Silent Saturday service

This service is a quiet, reflective service focusing on how the disciples must have felt in that “in between" time of the crucifixion and the resurrection. 10 a.m. March 26 at the Outdoor Chapel, weather permitting.

Easter egg hunt

Preschoolers through third-graders can bring their baskets and meet in the gym at 10 a.m. March 26 for activities before the Community Easter Egg Hunt. The egg hunt will happen rain or shine.

Easter services

▪ 7-7:30 a.m. March 27 Easter Sunday sunrise service in the sanctuary followed by a Pancake Breakfast by Boy Scout Troop 10 in the Family Life Center Gym.

▪ Traditional service: 8:30 and 11 a.m. with Chancel Choir, brass and organ in the sanctuary.

▪ Praise and Worship Service: 9:45 a.m. with the Praise Team In the Family Life Center.

with Chancel Choir, Brass, Handbells and Organ) In the Sanctuary. Identical to the 8:30am Worship Service.

Men’s prayer breakfast

The study is led by the ministerial staffs of Mount Zion United Methodist and Bethel Presbyterian. 7-8 a.m. Wednesdays at the Cookhouse Restaurant, 20936 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius.

Saint Therese Catholic, Mooresville

Holy Thursday Mass

7:30 p.m. March 24 in the church.

Good Friday services

Seven last words, 1 p.m. March 25 in the day chapel. Outdoor stations of the cross, 2:30 p.m. Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, 7:30 p.m. in the church.

Blessing of food

Noon March 26. Easter Vigil Mass at 8 p.m. in the church.

Easter Sunday services

Masses at 7:30 a.m. March 27 in the church, 9 and 10:30 a.m. in both the church and day chapel, noon and 5:30 p.m. in the church. Spanish service, 2:30 p.m. in the church. 217 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-664-3992.

Mooresville Associate Reformed Presbyterian

Maundy Thursday service

We will commemorate the Lord’s Supper and Jesus’ preparation for his arrest and crucifixion. Communion will be served. 6:30 p.m. March 24.

Easter sunrise service

7 a.m. March 27. Breakfast will be served after the service. 659 Carpenter Ave., Mooresville. 704-664-1273.

Bethel Presbyterian, Cornelius

Family Easter event

Crafts, games, cookies, science station, age-specific egg hunts, Easter Bunny, prizes, hot dogs, more. Rain or shine. 3-4:30 p.m. March 26. 19920 Bethel Church Road, Cornelius.

RiverLife Wellness Center, Mooresville


Licensed psychologist Stephen Elliott will present “The Art of Encouraging a Discouraged Person.” Free. 7 p.m. April 7. 2487 Charlotte Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-7705 ext. 1;


Christ Alive Church, Newton

Guest speakers

Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh, authors of “Captive in Iran,” will share their experience of smuggling Bibles into Iran and being imprisoned. 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. March 27. 1549 Southwest Blvd., Newton.

Spirit of Joy Lutheran, Weddington

Maundy Thursday service

7 p.m. March 24.

Good Friday service

7 p.m. March 25.

Easter Sunday services

8:30 and 11 a.m. March 27. 8600 Potter Road, Weddington.

Clover Baptist, Granite Falls

Easter sunrise service

Service will be followed by breakfast, Sunday school, and morning worship service. 7:15 a.m. March 27. 100 Pinewood Road, Granite Falls. 828-396-2417.

Saint John’s Missionary Baptist, Gastonia

Seven Last Words service

7 p.m. March 25.

Easter egg hunt

Noon March 26. 1282 Bradford Heights Road, Gastonia. 704-864-6222.

Calvary Lutheran, Concord

Worship services

8:30 and 11 a.m. Sundays unless noted. 950 Bradley St., Concord.

First Baptist, Kannapolis

Holy Week services

Join us each day for worship and reflection. 12:05 p.m. March 23-25.

Maundy Thursday service

Worship and observe the Lord’s Supper. 7 p.m. March 24.

Easter service

Sunday school, 9:45 a.m. March 27. Easter worship, 10:55 a.m. 101 N. Main St., Kannapolis.

Grace Presbyterian, Fort Mill

Maundy Thursday service

Through drama and music, we will join the disciples in sharing the Last Supper and recall Jesus’ suffering and journey to the cross. 7 p.m. March 24.

Easter services

Sunrise service, 7 a.m. March 27 at Windjammer Park. Bring blankets or chairs. Breakfast, 9 a.m. at the church. Easter service, 10:15 a.m. 2955 S. C. 160 W., Fort Mill.

First Associate Reformed Presbyterian, Rock Hill

Worship service: “Just Joy” monthly worship service for special-needs friends and their families. 6:30 p.m. March 22. 201 E. White St., Rock Hill. 803-327-2009;

Community Blood Center of the Carolinas

Blood drive

1-6 p.m. March 23 at Friendship Missionary Baptist, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. 4-7 p.m. March 23 at Kimball Memorial Lutheran, 101 Vance St., Kannapolis. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 26 at Ebenezer Baptist, 2020 W. Sugar Creek Road.