In the Christian faith, the week leading up to Easter Sunday is known as Holy Week. While some may argue Easter has become commercialized two Lafayette pastors are coming together to keep the reason for the season alive.
“The week that changed the world.” An old phrase Pastor John Vining of Northwood United Methodist Church uses to define Holy Week.
One of Pastor Vining’s favorite moments of the week is during the night before what’s known as Good Friday. “There was a servant who was assigned to do the foot washing and Jesus took this role that night.”
Northwood UMC celebrates the week like many, services on Good Friday and Easter along with an egg hunt. Before all that happens, Thursday they have a combined foot washing service with another church, The Avenue UMC.
Robert Johnson, pastor of The Avenue says, “You have a predominately white church and a predominantly black church coming together in worship and praising God because we’re all serving God.”
Both pastors describe the experience as humbling, but the different approach to Holy Week doesn’t end there. The Avenue hosts a Good Friday Drive Thru.
Pastor Johnson says, “People drive thru with their families in their cars don’t have to leave just like you would go to Burger King or McDonald’s just drive on and we have people there waiting for you prayer warriors.”
They believe these believe these moments serve as a reminder of love and togetherness.
Pastor Vining says, “It’s just wonderful to be able to share together and to worship together and especially with all the meaning of Holy Week.”
The Maundy Thursday service will be at The Avenue (2700 Louisiana Avenue, Lafayette, LA) at 6:30 p.m. The two churches will have Good Friday service at Northwood UMC (4530 Moss Street Lafayette, La).
The Avenue will also host a Good Friday Drive Thru at their church 8 a.m. to noon.