Lenten Ashes

ROGERSVILLE—The 2017 Rogersville Lenten Services are taking shape, scheduled to begin this Wed., March 8.

Lent is a period of six weeks in which churches worldwide observe the period of time leading up to Easter’s Passion Week and give members an opportunity to enter the Lented season with prayer and fasting.

Locally, under the leadership of Pastor Lawrence Clark of Rogersville United Methodist Church, Lenten services were started in the early 90s to bring churches together each week. Pastor Clark was the President of the Area Church Council which still sponsors these services.

Each week, beginning at noon for each of the six weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, a 30-minute Lenten Service is held each Wednesday, hosted by local host churches along with a light lunch served by the host church.

The services follow Passion Week, commemorating the week of Jesus Crucifixion. On Passion Week, there is no Wednesday service, which is moved to Friday in order to observe the Good Friday Holiday. The event culminates on Easter Morning when churches meet at Highland Cemetery in Rogersville to observe Christ’s Resurrection.

During each of the service, an offering is taken by the Rogersville Area Church Council which helps people in need of assistance with utility bills, and in some cases fuel.

The schedule for the upcoming 2017 Lenten Services 2017 is as follows:

3-8, Rogersville United Methodist

3-15, Henard’s Chapel

3-22, St. Henry Catholic

3-29, Rogersville Presbyterian

4-5, First Christian

4-12, No service

4-14, First Baptist Church Good Friday

4-16, Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at Highland Cemetery, approximately 7 a.m.

For additional information, please call the host churches.