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Easter briefs: Cross walk, Jump Off Rock sunrise service, Bunny Hop

First United Methodist Church will lead its traditional one-mile community walk with the cross through downtown on Good Friday. First United Methodist Church will lead its traditional one-mile community walk with the cross through downtown on Good Friday.

Annual cross walk on Good Friday

First United Methodist Church will lead its traditional one-mile community walk with the cross through downtown starting at 11 a.m. on Good Friday, April 19, in the church parking lot on Buncombe Street.

“Each year, Christian pilgrims walk the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) in Jerusalem,” said senior minister Mark Ralls. “We feel called to do the same on the streets of our beloved Hendersonville. Come join us on this pilgrimage.”
The event is open to all, including families with children. Rain or shine, the procession begins in the church parking lot, then moves in silence down Main Street, before returning to the church. Arriving at the church’s Sanctuary, walkers will continue their observance with the Good Friday Service at noon.
Prior to the Crosswalk, the community is invited to a reception beginning at 10 a.m. to enjoy freshly baked Hot Cross Buns, a traditional Easter sweet roll decorated with a sugar glaze in the shape of a cross.
First United Methodist Church is located at 204 Sixth Avenue West. Parking is available in the Buncombe Street lot. For more information, call 828-693-4275 or visit

  • The community is invited to Trinity Presbyterian Church for Easter Week Services.
    Maundy Thursday, The Living Last Supper, 7 p.m. April 18. Remember the night of Jesus’s betrayal and arrest through a living re-creation of Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting and celebration of the Lord’s Supper.

  • Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord, 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. April 21. Join in the celebration the resurrection of the Lord!

Please call 828-692-6114 to register for the traditional Easter breakfast between services. All are welcome. Trinity Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) is located at 900 Blythe St.

Jump Off Rock sunrise service

The 10th annual Community Easter Sunrise Service at Jump Off Rock is Sunday, April 21, at 6:30 a.m. The event is sponsored by local community churches. Since parking is limited at Jump-Off Rock, you are encouraged to car-pool from the parking lot of the First Congregational Church at the intersection of 5th Ave. and White Pine. People may begin gathering at the parking lot at 6 a.m.  You are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. 

Holy Week at Hendersonville Presbyterian

Hendersonville Presbyterian Church Holy Week Services.
Hendersonville Presbyterian Church will begin Holy Week on Palm Sunday, April 14, with the waving of palm branches at all services. The special music at the 8:30 service in the chapel is Cindy Leonard singing “In the Name of the Lord” by Sandi Patty and “In Heaven’s Eyes” by Phil Mchugh. At 10:55, in the sanctuary, the Handbell choir will open with a “Palm Sunday Celebration” by Dan R. Edwards, and conclude with the Handbell choir accompanying the congregation on the hymn “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” arr. by Cynthia Dobrinski. Palm Sunday, the choir will sing the anthem “Hosanna to the Son of David” by Allen Pote. 

The mid-week service will be on Maundy Thursday, April 18 at 6:30 P.M. The choir and musicians will present Part II of “A Walk through the Bible, The New Testament” written by Brenda Bradshaw. The presentation will include liturgical dancers Tarelton Brooks, Bronlynn Spindler, Judy Van Waggoner, and Denise McDorman. Choir anthems include: “Every Valley” by John Ness Beck, “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” arr. Hal H. Hopsin, “Ye Shall be My Witnesses” and “God Shall Wipe Away All Tears” by Jerry Kirk. Cathey Gilbert and Rena Johnson will sing two selections: “My Soul Magnifies the Lord” arr. Benjamin Harlan and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives” arr. Betsy Lee Bailey. Grant Sitler will accompany the choir on trombone, and Brenda Holmer will play a piano solo “Lord, I Want to Be a Christian,” and Kathy Reid will play “God So Loved the World” by John Stainer on the clarinet. Gayle Stepp will direct the choir play the accompaniments on the piano and organ. The congregation will join in singing “Joy to the World” and “We’ve a Story to Tell to the Nations.” Pastors, Tom Pitman will narrate and Bob Hicks will read Scripture. Holy Communion will be served. 
The church is located at 699 North Grove Street. The public is invited.

Easter Sunday, April 21, the 8:30 special music will be Gayle Stepp playing “Resurrection Medley” arr. Erinn Jarrell Schwarz and “Christ Arose” arr. by Shelly Hamilton.

At 10:55, Easter Sunday, the Handbell choir will play “Alleluia! Christ is Risen” arr. John A Behnke, and the choir will sing “A Resurrection Declaration.”

Bunny Hop 5k

The Kiwanis Club of Hendersonville invites the community to run in the fifth annual Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run (a non-sanctioned race) in conjunction with the YMCA Healthy Kids Day on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. Participants can register online at
Advanced registration is $15 for adults 18 and older, $5 for children 10-17 years old, and free for children under 10. Race day registration is $10 for children 10-17 and $20 for adults 18 and older. The first 200 registrants will receive bunny ears. T-shirts can be purchased for $10. All proceeds will support the Shoes & Socks program, a Kiwanis managed program that provides shoes and socks to underprivileged students identified by their teachers in the Henderson County school system. The program has provided more than 5600 pairs of shoes since its inception in 1955.
The decision to dedicate the net proceeds to benefit the Kiwanis Shoes & Socks program took on greater significance with the recent unexpected death of John Grear, who served as director of the program for 20 years, Kiwanis President Erika McGilley said.
“We want to honor his legacy by providing shoes to as many underprivileged children in Henderson County as possible,” she said. “The partnership with the YMCA and the support from our community members will make it all possible.”
She thanked Arctic Apples and Hunter Subaru for their sponsorship of the event and Sherman’s Sports for its 64-year partnership in the Shoes & Socks charity.
The fun run will start and finish at Patton Park rain or shine. Participants need to follow the signs at Patton Park to the Bunny Hop registration station to check in. The course runs through Patton Park, up to the Oklawaha Greenway towards Berkeley Mills and back to Patton Park.