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March 31, 2012

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Palm Parade in Amesbury tomorrow

Amesbury churches will be celebrating Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem with an ecumenical worship service and parade tomorrow. The service begins at the Amesbury Millyard Amphitheater at 9 a.m. The celebration will include prayers, songs, waving of palms, shouts of hosanna and a local youth riding on a donkey through town. The parade will continue through town, stopping at each church for prayers and blessings for the ministries coming through Holy Week leading up to Easter. All are welcome.

Participating clergy include, but are not limited to, the Rev. Jamie Arrison, campus pastor at Rock Church Ministries, the new ministry of First United Methodist; the Rev. William Main of Union Congregational Church; and the Rev. Joan McPherson of Main St. Congregational Church. Other celebrations for the season include an ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service at Alliance Park and a service of darkening on Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m. at 146 Main St.

Easter egg hunt at First Parish tomorrow

Children of all ages are invited to an eco-friendly Easter egg hunt hosted by the Growing Together Sunday School at First Parish Church of Newbury. Tomorrow, the congregation meets on the Upper Green at 9:45 a.m. for worship, beginning with a Palm Sunday procession and Blessing of the Palms in church at 10 a.m. The Easter egg hunt will be on the lawn in back of the church immediately after the Blessing of the Palms. The church is at 20 High Road (Route 1A), Newbury.

Soup giveaway at Main St. Congregational

On Maundy Thursday between 5:30 and 6 p.m., members of the Main Street Congregational Church, United Church of Christ will be giving away "soup to go" in front of the church at 145 Main St., Amesbury.

"With followers of Jesus from around the world, we gather that night to remember Jesus' Last Supper and the words he shared with his friends. Jesus fed his friends and told them, 'I give you a new commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you, you should love one another' (John 14:34). The soup giveaway is our way of following in Jesus' footsteps and expressing our love for the people of Amesbury," said the Rev. Joan MacPherson.

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