Churches plan variety of Easter programs

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Some commemorative events precede East Sunday

By Linda Ireland

Many Christians celebrate Easter in the spring to memorialize Christ’s resurrection.

This year, Easter falls on April 12, but several local churches have planned early religious and secular observances.

Ovesen Heights Baptist Church on Bardstown Road is hosting four performances of the musical drama “Behold the Lamb.”

Ellen Popham, the church’s minister of music, said the drama’s emphasis is on Christ’s ministry and miracles.

Last year’s performance drew an audience of about 700. This year, the church offered 1,000 free tickets to the musical. They’ve already “sold out” of tickets and don’t plan to offer additional ones, said Popham. However, the church “will not turn anyone away.”

“It may be crowded, but we’ll do our best to get them seated,” Popham said.

Ovesen Heights is “a church in transition,” said Popham, as an addition is under construction and a permanent pastor has not been hired. The production is an “extreme undertaking” for the congregation, she said.

“It’s Ovesen Heights’ gift to the community for Easter,” she added.

“Behold the Lamb” features about 75 members of the congregation and will last about two hours.

Performances were held through the April 3-5 weekend.

Three Baptist churches – Parkway, Magnolia and Mt. Tabor – have teamed to present an Easter cantata “The Wonder of the Cross” 4 p.m. April 5 at the LaRue County High School auditorium.

The cantata will last about 45 minutes and be directed by Fabian Bennett and Diana Aubrey. About 30 vocalists from the three churches will be featured; about 20 teens from the high school band under the direction of Patrick Walsh will play.

There is no admission charge.

For more information, call 765-3768.

Three Forks Bacon Creek Baptist Church choir will also hold a cantata 10:30 a.m. April 5. Call 358-5041 for more information.

Community Way of the Cross

The Community Way of the Cross will be 5:30 p.m. April 10. Participants will walk through downtown Hodgenville, stopping at selected sites to pray and contemplate the Passion of Jesus. The procession will begin at the parking lot of Our Lady of Mercy Church, 208 Walters Ave. and will end at Creekfront Park. Rain does not cancel. For more information, call 763-2851.

Egg hunts

Middle Creek Baptist Church will have an egg hunt 6-7:30 p.m. April 8 for children up to 6th grade. For more information, call 358-4462.

South Fork Baptist Church will host an egg hunt and family celebration 2 p.m. April 11. On April 12, there will be worship services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Call 325-3626 for more information.

Roanoke House of Prayer will have an Easter egg hunt 4 p.m. April 11. The event will include clowns, puppets, food and face painting.