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Religion briefs 3/28/15

EASTER CANTATA: First Baptist Church in Fairview Heights will host an Easter cantata at 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, as well as a special needs Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. April 4, an Easter sunrise service at 7 a.m. April 4 and an Easter service at 9:30 a.m. April 5. The church is at 10401 Lincoln Trail. For more information, call 618-397-4720 or visit www.fbc-fh.com.

WALK TO THE CROSS: Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis is planning a Walk to the Cross and Beyond for Easter. Activities include Holy Eucharist Rite 1 at 8 a.m. Sunday; Choral Eucharist Rite II at 10 a.m. Sunday; Palm Sunday Evensong at 5 p.m. Sunday; Sung Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. Monday; Simple Supper Dinner Eucharist at 6 p.m. Tuesday; Tenebrae at 8 p.m. Wednesday; Maundy Thursday Liturgy at 6 p.m. Thursday; Alter of Repose Vigil from 8 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday; Good Friday liturgy at noon Friday; Blues at the Crossroads from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday; the Great Vigil of Easter at 8 p.m. April 4; Holy Eucharist Rite 1 at 8 a.m. April 5; an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:15 p.m. April 5; and Festival Eucharist Rite II at 10 a.m. April 5.

DRUG EDUCATION: Dr. John L. Curry will be the facilitator for “Drug Education, A Christian Perspective” and “Grace — To Break the Cycle of Sin/Addiction” in four sessions from 6 to 9 p.m. April 6, 13, 20 and 26 at Conqueror’s Christian Center, 200 E. Washington in Belleville. Curry has more than 40,000 hours in the substance abuse treatment field and brings more than 30 years of experience to this training workshop.Training objectives: To discuss the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body, to explore alcoholism myths and to examine different types of drinking problems. The seesions will teach the cause of drug use, explain the addiction process and offer solutions. Who should attend: parents, teachers, pastors/ministers, coaches and anyone who is interested in the topic. Cost: $30 for the four sessions or $10 per session. Certificates of completion will be given. Information: 618-277-5671 or go to conquerorscc.org

JOY OF EASTER: St. Matthew United Methodist Church will present “The Joy of Easter,” a dramatic interpretation of the Passion Play complete with large choir, orchestra, live animals and a full cast. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at the church 1200 Moreland Drive in Belleville. Admission is free. An offering will be taken. More than 350 volunteers will participate in the production. Jesus will be played by Jamie Palmer and the role of the narrators are Luke Patton and the Rev. Andy Anthony. Drama director is Lindsay Vollmar. A nursery is provided.

GOSPEL CONCERT: Christ United Church of Christ in Belleville will host a gospel music concert by the group Beyond the Ashes at 10 a.m. Sunday. An offering will be collected. The church is at 26 N. 14th St.

PASTOR INSTALLATION: Canaan Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Madison will install a new pastor, the Rev. Darrell L. Rice, on Sunday. Guest preachers are the Rev. Anthony A. McCaa of The New Church in St. Louis at 10:30 a.m. and the Rev. Dr. F. James Clark of Shalom Church in Florissant, Mo., at 4 p.m. The day’s theme is “A New Beginning — Feed My People with the Word.” The public is invited. The church is at 207 Allen St.

FRIEND DAY: The Pentecostals of Troy has a Friend Day service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. That will be followed by a meal in the fellowship hall with door prizes and other giveaways. The church is at 8965 Route 162 in Troy. For more information, call 618-667-6054, visit www.pentecostalsoftroy.org or email revbb63@aol.com.

BLOCK PARTY AND EGG HUNT: The Pentecostals of Troy will host their annual Spring Break Block Party and Easter Egg Hunt at 7 p.m. April 11 for ages 11 and under. There will be age-specific egg hunts, games, prizes and other fun. Free. The church is at 8965 Route 162 in Troy. For more information, call 618-667-6054, visit www.pentecostalsoftroy.org or email revbb63@aol.com.

PASSION PLAY: St. Matthew United Methodist Church in Belleville invites the public to see “The Joy of Easter,” a dramatic interpretation of the Passion Play at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday with a large choir, orchestra, live animals and full cast. Admission is free. An offering will be collected. The church is at 1200 Moreland Drive. For more information, call 618-397-5994 or visit www.stmatthewumc.org.

SOUP TASTING: As a Lenten project, St. Augustine of Canterbury in Belleville is planning its first Empty Bowl Soup Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday. People will pay $10 to taste soups donated by restaurants and organizations (all-you-can-eat soup, bread and water). The first 200 people will receive hand-painted ceramic bowls. Carryouts available. The church is at 1910 W. Belle St. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting Wanda Knepper at 618-233-7255 or wandak1776@att.net. For more information, call 618-233-3813.

PASSOVER SEDER: Revive Church in Collinsville invites the public to remember and learn how Jesus is revealed in the Passover Seder. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. Friday. Suitable for the whole family. The cost is $10 for adults (13 and up) and $5 for children 6-12 (5 and under free). Limited seating. The church is at 1105 Beltline Road. For more information, call 618-344-1000.

RESURRECTION CELEBRATOIN: Faith Family Church in Shiloh will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus with Easter activities. That includes worship, drama and communion at 7 p.m. on Good Friday and Easter services at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. on April 5. The church is at 704 N. Green Mount Road. For more information, call 618-277-0232, visit www.faithfamily.cc or email abutkovich@faithfamilyshiloh.org.

DIVINE MERCY NOVENA: St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Granite City will begin its Divine Mercy Novena on Good Friday and end it on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 12, with the closing (Blessing and Veneration of the Image) following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Recitation of the Chaplet will take place at 3 p.m. daily during this time. For more information, call Kay Clay at 618-931-3763.

JOINT HOLY WEEK SERVICES: The Presbyterian churches of St. Clair County are holding two special Holy Week services for the community. Maundy Thursday service will be at7 p.m. Thursday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1419 N. 17th St. in Belleville. Good Friday services will be at 7 p.m. Friday at First United Presbyterian Church, 1303 Royal Heights Road in Belleville. Child care will be available.

GOOD FRIDAY PRODUCTION: “The People at the Foot of the Cross” will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday at Calvary Chapel of St. Clair County, 215 S. Jackson in Belleville.

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