Holy Week & Easter – March 24 to 31, 2024

All are invited, you are invited!

Holy Week & Easter at First Congregational Church UCC/BTV – 

Let’s gather to listen, pray, meditate, enjoy beautiful music, hear inspiring preaching and celebrate the life-affirming message of Easter!

You are invited – all are invited – to worship in person at First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington (38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401) and on our YouTube Channel – the services are live streamed and recorded for later viewing.

Read the Rev. Elissa Johnk’s Easter Letter HERE


This special offering invites you to help fund the beautiful display of flowers at First Church for our Easter Festival Worship on March 31, 2024 at 10am – and to support the important missions of the Vermont Conference UCC’s Hope Fund and the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance.

  • Gifts to this offering give you the opportunity to make a gift “in memory of” or “in honor of” someone important to you.
  • CLICK HERE or on the graphic above to learn more – and to make a gift online or by check. Questions? Call the Church Office during Office Hours. Thank you.


Palm Sunday Worship will be in person at First Church & live streamed on our FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel at 10am on Sunday March 24. We’ll hear the story – and sing the songs – of this first step into Holy Week.  The Rev. Elissa Johnk will be preaching the sixth sermon in the Lenten Worship Series: Wilderness – Interim Director of Music Chris Lyons-Dinh and our Choirs are preparing beautiful music – and there will be palms for everyone!

  • Maundy Thursday Dinner with Communion at 6pm at First Church – all are invited for a soup, salad, and bread dinner in the Chapel. On Maundy Thursday we gather to remember Jesus’ last meal with the disciples. The dinner includes several elements of worship including Communion. Communion at First Church is always open to all – gluten free options will be available for Communion and dinner.
  • The 7pm Tenebrae Service is a worship service of light and shadow. This will be in person and livestreamed on our YouTube Channel. 


The Maundy Thursday Vigil: Let’s take turns, staying awake with Jesus during our 2023 Maundy Thursday Vigil – in person – at First Church from 8pm Thursday March 28 (following the Maundy Thursday Worship) until 6pm on Good Friday – March 29.

Sign up to participate in person for one hour using this LINK for more information and to sign up for an hour – or as an alternate: https://bit.ly/thursdayvigil2024

You can also participate in the vigil independently – at home.  The “Home Vigil Guide” is LINKED HERE.


  • March 29 – Good Friday at the Table – 6:30pm: Gather at First Church to close our Maundy Thursday Vigil with a simple meal, prayer and song.

Easter Sunday – March 31:

  • Easter “Son-Rise” Worship at 6:30am – on the Burlington Waterfront (just north of the Echo Science Museum) – with the Rev. Elissa Johnk and the Rev. Ken White – a collaborative service of First Congregational Church UCC of Burlington and the College Street Church – open to all.


All are invited!  Note that the “start” time is 8am this week to accommodate the 6:30am “Son-Rise” worshippers who want to share a meal.


You are invited to Easter Worship at 10am at First Church UCC/BTV (or via live stream on YouTube). Easter worship will include:

  • Extraordinary music including choirs, brass, organ, piano and bells!
  • The Rev. Elissa Johnk will have a life affirming message for all ages.
  • Nursery, Pre-K and K childcare will be available throughout worship — activity bags for children will be available in the worship service.
  • A wonderful reception – complete with delicious treats for all, a photo booth for Easter pictures with family and friends and eggs hidden for children to find – will follow worship.
    • The location of the after worship (at First Church) Easter Egg Hunt is weather dependent and will be announced on Sunday morning.

  • You are invited: every age, every person, all are welcome here!  First Church is an open and affirming congregation of the United Church of Christ.

Worshiping virtually on Easter Sunday, March 31?    

  • To view the live stream (or later recording) of the Sunday 10am worship – click on the YouTube graphic above or use this link: FirstChurchBTV YouTube Channel
  • The Easter Sunday Order of Worship will be linked here.
  • Visiting First Church in person or remotely? Complete our Welcome Card using this LINK
  • Giving to First Church?  Learn more about how to give and about our Stewardship Campaign using this LINK
  • CLICK HERE to receive the First Church e-Newsletter




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