Bethany UMC shared Easter celebrations

The Bethany United Methodist Church in Reedville recently shared Easter cheer with the community.

On March 29, the ladies of the Rebekah Circle distributed Easter flowers to shut-ins and those who had experienced bereavements over the past year, reported publicity chairman Bonnie Wilson.

Teams of two ladies each delivered flowers and visited those at home or in one of the area’s assisted living and nursing homes, said Wilson. This is an annual event for the Rebekah Circle.

On March 30, Bethany held a Good Friday Tenebrae service. The word “tenebrae” is Latin for darkness. As is traditional in the Methodist church, 14 lighted candles were placed on the altar and railing, said Wilson.

After selected spiritual readings, liturgical responsive readings and selected Easter hymns, one-by-one the candles were extinguished until the sanctuary was in darkness, she said…