First Christian Church Newton

A Community of Companions on the Journey of Faith

What’s Happening with Easter?

Ever wonder why it is that Easter falls on a different day every year?

“In 325CE the Council of Nicaea established that Easter would be held on the first Sunday after the first full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox.(*) From that point forward, the Easter date depended on the ecclesiastical approximation of March 21 for the vernal equinox.”

Therefore, the Easter date can swing as much as 40 days from one year to the next. The vernal equinox [that is the date in the spring when the day time is equal to the night time] is always on March 21; but the orbit of the moon is much less precise and we get a full moon roughly every 28 days. This makes the date for Easter change every year.

I find it highly humorous that there are some who think that “the government” should just set the date for one date every year. Little do they know that the “government” has nothing to do with it!

That being said, this year Palm Sunday is March 24. Maundy Thursday is March 29. Easter, then, is April 1.

We have many worship services scheduled for the upcoming few weeks.

Palm Sunday we have a puppet cantata scheduled during the church service.

The Eggstravaganza [Easter Egg Hunt for the kids] will happen after church on Palm Sunday.

Maundy Thursday service will be at 7:00 pm, and we will be celebrating a Seder service, which is similar to a Jewish Passover meal. Each part of the meal has special significance.

Community Good Friday service will be at Trinity Heights United Methodist Church at a time yet to be announced.

Sunrise Easter Service will be at 8:00 am under the front overhang, with breakfast following in the Fellowship Hall.

Easter Sunday Morning service is at 10:30 am.


But what a blessed time of year!

Make your plans now to attend all of our services.



*For more information on regular scheduled events, visit the church calendar.

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