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Celebrate Easter in the Old Northwest Territory

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Looking for a church service or an Easter celebration to visit this weekend? Here is a small sampling of events we’ve assembled through the Greater Rockford Clergy Association.

Don’t see your church listed here? Share your Easter service with us, by posting the location, dates and times in the comment section below.

Members of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford may consult individual church websites for Holy Week events, per the diocese.

A Happy Easter to you!

Aldersgate United Methodist Church
4055 Rockton Ave., Rockford
Easter Morning Worship, 9:30 a.m.

Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church (and Gomez AMEC)
3000 Rural St., Rockford
Maundy Thursday service followed by Agape Supper, 6 p.m.; Good Friday Stations of the Cross at 11:30 a.m.; Community Good Friday Service, noon to 3 p.m., followed by $6 salad luncheon. Call (866) 782-4869 for schedule. Easter Holy Communion at 9:30 a.m.; no Sunday School.

Alpine Lutheran Church
5001 Forest View Ave., Rockford
Maundy Thursday – 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. services; Good Friday Service at 7 p.m.; Easter Festive Worship with cantata at 8 & 10 a.m.

Bethesda Covenant
Maundy Thursday 7 p.m. service, with the sharing of bread and wine around tables
Community Good Friday Service noon-3 p.m., see schedule at bethesdacovenant.com
Good Friday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. Tenebrae service
Easter Worship: 8:30 (traditional) & 10:30 a.m. (contemporary)

Bethlehem Lutheran Church
4620 20th St., Rockford
Maundy Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Worship with Communion; Good Friday: 11 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. including Stations of the Cross; Easter Festival Worship 9 a.m.; Breakfast: 7:30-8:45 a.m.; Egg Hunt at 10:15 a.m.

Capron Lutheran Church
155 S. 2nd St., Capron
Maundy Thursday Worship 7 p.m.; Good Friday Service 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday 6 a.m. Sunrise Worship; 7:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. Easter Breakfast (Free Delivery to Community Shut-Ins, call to add someone to the list); 9:30 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt; 10:15 a.m. Easter Worship.

Caledonia Congregational Church
14730 Oak St., Caledonia
Maundy Thursday Soup Dinner at 5:30 p.m., worship at 7 p.m.; Easter Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Christ Lutheran Church
425 Riverside Road, Belvidere
Maundy Thursday, Good Friday & Saturday Easter Vigil, each at 7 p.m.; Easter Worship 8, & 10:30 a.m.

Christ United Methodist Church
Alpine Center, 4509 Highcrest Road, Rockford and
Our Master’s Center, 5973 Darlene Dr., Rockford
Maundy Thursday communion service at Alpine Center, 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday Services at Alpine Center at noon and 7 p.m.; Easter Vigil begins March 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Our Master’s;
Easter Morning services at 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m. at Alpine Center and at 9:30 at Our Master’s.

Emmanuel Lutheran Church
920 Third Ave., Rockford
Maundy Thursday noon communion service and 7 p.m. communion service with footwashing; Good Friday procession of the cross at 6:30 p.m. followed by Tenebrae Service at 7 p.m., when the lights are lowered and each of Jesus’ Seven Last Words are read, and the last reading ends with the sanctuary in complete darkness.; Holy Saturday service at 7 p.m. led by Jim Roberts; Easter Sunday School and Egg Hunt at 9:15 a.m.; Easter Festival Communion Service at 10:15 a.m. with Emmanuel choir, organist and trumpeter; 11:15 Easter Brunch.

First Baptist Church of Machesney Park
718 Harlem Road, Machesney Park
Good Friday service 6 p.m.; “He Lives” Easter Celebration Saturday March 30 9 to 11 a.m; Easter Sunday Worship at 10:45 a.m. with Nate Adams, Executive Director of Illinois Baptist State Association.

First Lutheran Church
225 S. Third St., Rockford
Maundy Thursday: Worship with Holy Communion, Handwashing and Anointing for Service, 7 p.m.; Good Friday Worship with Tabor Lutheran Church, 7 p.m. with combined choirs;
Easter Festival of the Resurrection with Holy Communion, Choir and Festival Brass Ensemble
at 10:30 a.m.

Gloria Dei Evangelical Lutheran Church
4700 Augustana Dr., Rockford
Maundy Thursday Communion and Worship at 7 p.m.; Good Friday Worship 7 p.m.; High Festival Easter Service 9:30 a.m.

Grace Lutheran Church
343 Grand Ave., Loves Park
Holy Thursday Worship at noon and 7 p.m.; Good Friday Crosswalk, meet at Machesney Park Mall, 9 a.m.; Good Friday Worship at noon and 7 p.m.; Easter Vigil March 30 at 7 p.m.; Easter Sunday Worship at 7:30, 9 and 10:30 a.m.

Grace United Methodist Church
3555 McFarland Road, Rockford
Maundy Thursday Service, 7 p.m.; Good Friday sanctuary open for meditation 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., with meditations at 7:30 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Easter sunrise service 6:30 a.m. with breakfast 7:30-9:30 a.m.; Easter worship at 10 a.m.

Harvest Bible Chapel
Hosting “Easter at the Coronado,” at Coronado Peforming Arts Center, 314 N. Main St., Rockford, on Easter morning, March 31, 10 a.m.

Heartland Community Church
1280 S. Alpine Road, Rockford
Good Friday Experience 5:30 and 7 p.m.; Easter worship Saturday at 2:30, 4 & 5 p.m.; Sunday at 8:30, 10 & 11:30 a.m.

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd
1829 N. Rockton Ave.
Maundy Thursday service 7 p.m. with sharing of wine and bread around tables; Good Friday 7 p.m. Tenebrae service; Easter worship at 9 a.m., preceded by the Youtherans’ Easter breakfast from 7:30-8:30 a.m.

Maywood Evangelical Free Church
3621 Samuelson Road, Rockford
Good Friday Worship and communion 7 p.m.; Easter Worship at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Middle Creek Presbyterian Church
12473 Montague Road, Winnebago
Maundy Thursday Communion 7 p.m.; Good Friday Community Service at All Saints Lutheran, 624 Luther Dr., Byron, at 7 p.m.; Easter Worship at Middle Creek at 8 & 10:20 a.m.

New Zion Baptist Church
604 Salter Ave., Rockford
Maundy Thursday Worship at 6 p.m.; Resurrection Sunday Service at 8 a.m.; also 11 a.m. Easter service at Washington Gifted Academy, 1421 West St.

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church
3300 Rural St., Rockford
Easter Sunday Worship at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Rockford First
5950 Spring Creek Road, Rockford
Good Friday service at 6 p.m.; Easter Worship at 9 & 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Tabor Lutheran Church
2233 12th Ave., Rockford
Maundy Thursday Worship with Holy Communion, Handwashing and Anointing for Service
Thursday, March 28 at 10 a.m. followed by $5 brunch; Good Friday Worship at 7 p.m. with combined choirs; Easter Festival of the Resurrection with Holy Communion
Choir and Festival Brass Ensemble, 9 a.m.

Third Presbyterian Church
1221 Custer Ave., Rockford
All services broadcast live at 99.3 FM
Maundy Thursday: 7:30 p.m. Worship and open Holy Communion; Easter Worship 10:15 a.m. with Musical Cantata, “More Than a Carpenter”

Westminster Presbyterian Church
2821 N. Bell School Road, Rockford
Maundy Thursday Service, 6:30 p.m.; Good Friday service at noon; Easter Sunrise service at 6:30 a.m., 7:30 a.m. communion service, 8:45 traditional worship, 9:45 Easter breakfast & 11 a.m. contemporary worship. Also, at Willowbrook Middle School in South Beloit, Westminster Stateline will host a 5 p.m. Illuminate Worship service on Saturday, March 30.

Willow Creek Presbyterian Church
7300 Belvidere Road off 173 just east of I90
Easter Events: 8 a.m. Sunrise Service at Cemetery Chapel; 9 a.m. breakfast; 9:45 a.m. Easter Egg Hunt;10:30 a.m. Easter Worship with Communion

Woodside Congregational United Christ of Christ
2324 S. Alpine Road, Rockford
Maundy Thursday: 6 p.m. Tenebrae Service
Easter: Breakfast at 9 a.m., Worship at 10 a.m.

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One response to “Celebrate Easter in the Old Northwest Territory”

  1. Paula Meldahl says:

    I was so delighted with the March “Smart Living” weekly’s retelling of the story of Easter and Janine Pumilia’s openness about the real story of Easter. We need more people in the media with a willingness to present our nation’s Christian heritage instead of “being politically correct.” Thank you so much!!!