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Lent The Berwyn United Methodist Church community has wonderful seasonal events and festivals for families throughout the year.


Please be sure to mark your calendars and spread the word about upcoming worship opportunities at Berwyn United Methodist Church.

Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. The English word "Lent" comes from the Anglo-Saxon word lencten, which means "lengthen" and refers to the lengthening days of "spring." In many other languages, the word used for this season refers to the 40-day length of the season (cuaresma in Spanish and Tagalog, careme in French, quaresima in Italian) or to the fasting that characterizes it (Fastenzeit in German, fastan in Swedish, paasto in Finnish, posta in Russian). The season is a preparation for celebrating Easter.

Holy Week is the final week of Lent, beginning with Passion/Palm Sunday and concluding with Holy Saturday. It is during these days that Scripture readings during Worship focus primarily on the last days and suffering and death of Jesus.

The Great Three Days, from sunset Holy Thursday through sunset Easter Day, are the climax of Lent (and of the whole Christian year) and a bridge into the Easter Season. These days proclaim the paschal mystery of Jesus Christ's passion, death, and resurrection. During these days, the church community journeys with Jesus from the upper room, to the cross, to the tomb, and to the garden.

Berwyn UMC will begin our Journey of Lent with a joint worship service with Paoli UMC on Ash Wednesday, Feb 26 at 7pm in the sanctuary here at Berwyn UMC.

For the past few years our congregation has done a Pilgrimage to Jerusalem that begins on Ash Wednesday. During Lent we encourage our church family to keep track of steps walked, miles run, biked, swum or hiked. One of our members tallies everyone's number and tracks our journey to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Members get sponsors for their journey and each year money collected goes to a worthy cause or organization. This is a wonderful event for everyone to participate in regardless of ability.

Sunday April 5: Passion/Palm Sunday Worship at 8:30am & 10:30am

Saturday April 4: Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt starting at 9am

Thursday April 9: Maundy Thursday. The Choir presents "Colors of Grace: Lessons for Lent" at 7:00 pm.

Friday April 10: Good Friday

Sunday April 12: Easter Sunday Worship: Lent
This year we will participate in the Easter Sunrise Service sponsored by our Mission Link churches: Berwyn, Paoli, St. Matthews, Wayne and Valley Forge. The service will be held at 6:15 a.m. in Valley Forge National Historical Park at the parking lot for the Muhlenberg Brigade, on the left off Route 23, just past the Visitor's Center, heading west.