As millions of Christians around the world are observing Holy Week in preparation for Easter Sunday, a church in Hubbard came together for its own annual observance of Holy, or Maundy, Thursday.
A group of women sat together at the Chestnut Ridge Church of God in Hubbard, humbly washing one another’s feet as Jesus Christ did for his disciples more than 2,000 years ago.
“Tonight’s a special night because this is when Jesus first started,” said Pastor Rob McFarland.
For 12 years, members of this congregation have re-enacted Jesus’ last night before he was crucified.
Pastor McFarland indicated that any spiritual leader will note that observing the week before Easter is just as significant as the Resurrection itself.
“I think we need to observe them and what’s going on and try to remember them because this was a very important week in the life of Jesus,” said Pastor McFarland.
It was still a worship service, full of song and prayer. However, in this instance the sermon is presented through drama, preached by the youth of the church.
“When you can see it acted out, when you can see Jesus with his disciples and kind of get an idea what that’s like, and so people like to see things like that,” said Pastor McFarland.
Children of all ages were encouraged to participate, helped along by adult members of the parish. It was a coordinated effort among dozens to teach others about the final days of Jesus Christ.
“Seeing the Gospel come to life right before their eyes. It’s one thing to read it from the pages of the Bible but when you actually see live people up there and how the Bible just comes to life, it just gives a whole different impact. It just, it just grabs you by the heart,” said Chestnut Ridge Youth Director Chuck Cunningham.