Lent & Easter

Join us as we move through the Lenten journey and into the excitement of Easter and the promise of the Risen Christ. For 2022, worship opportunities will be offered in a variety of formats.

Lent & EASTEr

Worship Opportunities and Events are listed below. All are welcome.

  • Palm & Passion Sunday

    April 10

    9:00 & 10:30 am

    Commemorate both the triumphant arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem, and the turn the crowd takes. The 9:00 AM service will include communion; new members will be welcomed into membership at the 10:30 AM service. If you would like to join the church at this time, contact Pastor Kate at kfulton@stpaulsk.org. Worship at Home (click here!).


  • STations of the cross

    Monday, April 11 - Friday, April 15

    11:00 am-1:00 pm & 5:00-7:00 pm

    In-person in the Sanctuary


    St. Paul’s will offer a self-guided Stations of the Cross event throughout Holy Week. This program honors the ancient story of Jesus’ death while recognizing the ways this narrative speaks to us and the ecological injustices facing our world today. 


    For those unable to attend in-person, you can access a video tour here:

    https://youtu.be/fWl3YMZBF68


    If you have any questions, please contact Meg Baker at mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104.

  • Maundy Thursday

    April 14

    7:00 pm

    In-person in the Sanctuary and livestreaming


    Maundy Thursday commemorates the events of the day before Jesus’s execution, including The Last Supper and the arrest of Jesus. Micah Smartt will share the message this year and the Sanctuary Choir will share their music. You will be able to watch the worship service on our Worship at Home page.

  • Good Friday

    April 15

    7:00 pm

    In-person in the Sanctuary and livestreaming


    Good Friday, also sometimes called Black Friday, commemorates the crucifixion and death of Christ. The service will feature music of Cesar Franck selected by organist Marvin Mills with images for meditation selected by Grace Graham. Worship in the Sanctuary or through our Worship at Home page.

  • Easter Sunday

    April 17, 2022

    7:00 am - in-person, outdoors in Clum-Kennedy Park

    9:00 am - in-person in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's

    10:30 am - in-person in the Sanctuary at St. Paul's

    10:30 am - livestreaming - Click HERE to watch from home.


    Please note, all plans are subject to change as the covid-19 situation evolves.


    Celebrate the message of hope made alive in the resurrection of Jesus Christ! 


    The First Service of Easter will be held outdoors in the garden-like setting of Clum-Kennedy Park (with parking available in the lot between Johnson's flowers and Old Town Market on Kensington Parkway). As with our outdoor services in the past year, please bring your own chairs, plan to maintain distance and mask use, and dress for whatever the weather might bring. 


    We plan for both the 9:00 & 10:30 services to be held in the Sanctuary of St. Paul's UMC. Masks are required during in-person worship, regardless of vaccination status, to protect the most vulnerable among us.


    The 10:30 service will be livestreamed for those who prefer to worship at home. You will be able to find the video and a downloadable *pdf of the worship bulletin on our Worship at Home page.


  • Easter Eggstravaganza

    This year, we'll offer a brief and joyful Easter Egg hunt following the 10:30 AM service on Easter Sunday, April 17. Details will be coming soon from the Director of Spiritual are and Formation, Dr. Meg Baker! Email questions to mbaker@stpaulsk.org.

Easter Lily ORders

St. Paul’s Sanctuary will have Easter lilies this year.  All friends of St. Paul’s are invited to sponsor a lily in memory or in honor of a loved one. The cost is $17 per plant. 


Click the button to order online and pay by credit card.

Lily Order


In-person orders will be taken between worship services on Sundays, April 3 & 10 for those wishing to use cash or check.


The full list of dedications will be printed in the Easter Sunday Worship Bulletin for the 9:00 or 10:30 worship services.


Sponsors may take home their plants following the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Easter, April 17. Plants can also be picked up in the Narthex during office hours April 19-21, or on Sunday April 24. Plants left after that time may be delivered to those who are ill or otherwise wishing for a little extra cheer.

Easter Special Offering

St. Paul's has a tradition of generosity and giving that sends our special offerings beyond our walls to aid people in need. As in years past, 100% of the Easter special offering collected by St. Paul's will go to help and serve others. 


This year, the Church Council has designated two beneficiaries: the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and their work providing aid to communities in Ukraine, and the St. Paul's Hunger Ministry, providing food and resources for 100+ families across the 20895 ZIP code every month.


Click the button to donate online securely by credit card.

EASTER OFFERING


Please give as you are able to the Easter Special Offering. To donate by check, make checks payable to St. Paul's with "Easter Offering" on the memo line, and mail it to the church office or place it in the offering plate any Sunday in April. All other donations, including pledges, tithes, and offerings, should be made using other options - please visit the Giving page to learn more. 

Lenten Packets: 

resources for your journey

While we are beginning to find ways to move forward together, we know there are those among us as yet unable to safely or comfortably attend in-person events. This year we are offering On-Demand Lenten Packets, which will be mailed to you upon request with resources, devotionals, ashes, and information. Contact Meg Baker (mbaker@stpaulsk.org or 301-933-7933 ext. 104) or use this online form: https://forms.gle/ZjvMTk4QVkKsmNB66.

Easter Offerings

God has blessed the ministries of this church and has allowed us a vision that looks far beyond our own walls to see people and places in need. Each year, we dedicate 100% of our Easter Special Offering to go to organizations that serve those outside the walls of St. Paul's. 


At the March meeting of St. Paul's Church Council, our leaders will determine the designees for the 2022 Easter Special Offering. Recent past recipients include the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Global Area of Greatest Need, The Rev. Adrienne Terry Affordable Housing Fund initiative of the Baltimore-Washington Conference, and the Hunger Ministry at St. Paul's that exists to provide food to all hungry people in the 20895 ZIP code.


To give to these worthy projects please make a one-time Easter Special Offering donation. Donations may be sent to St. Paul's by mail (St. Paul's UMC, Attn: Michelle Gregonis, 10401 Armory Avenue, Kensington MD 20895) or drop-off any time using the office door mail slot. Checks should be made payable to St. Paul’s UMC with the words “Easter Offering” on the memo line. An online Easter Offering giving option will be available on our Giving page during Lent and Easter. Additionally, special offering envelopes will be available in the worship bulletins for Easter Sunday.


Please note, all other offerings or donations toward your 2022 yearly giving or pledge should be made using an envelope other than the Easter Offering envelope. Thank you!