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Frequently Asked Questions: Holy Week & Easter

When are the services for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter?  

  • Maundy Thursday: Thursday, April 1 at 6:00 p.m. | Livestream available
  • Good Friday: Friday, April 2 at 12:00 p.m. | Livestream available
  • Easter Sunday: Sunday, April 4
    • 7:00 a.m. Holy Communion (Choir & Organ)
    • 9:00 a.m. Holy Communion (Choir & Organ) | Livestream available
    • 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion (Choir & Organ)
    • 3:00 p.m. Holy Communion (Band)
    • 5:00 p.m. Holy Communion (Band) | Livestream available

Will attendance be limited? 

Yes. To ensure adequate social distancing, attendance will be limited.

Do I need to sign up?

Yes, please register at AdventBirmingham.org/HolyWeekandEaster. If your plans change, please contact Margaret Pope to update or cancel your registration (205-226-3510 or Margaret@CathedralAdvent.com). 

When can I register?

Registration for all services will open on Monday, March 29 at 9:00 a.m.

Will livestream be provided? 

We will livestream both the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services. On Easter Sunday, we will livestream only the 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. services. The 9:00 a.m. service will feature music led by our choir and organ, and the 5:00 p.m. service will feature music led by our band. Tune in at AdventBirmingham.org/Live.

Will childcare be provided?

During the Maundy Thursday and Good Friday services, nursery will be available for children ages 18 months to 4K.

For the 9:00 a.m. service on Easter Sunday, the nursery will be available for children ages 18 months to two years old. Children’s Sunday School will be available for the 3K and 4K classes. Children in kindergarten and older will attend the service with their families.

During the 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 5:00 p.m. services on Easter Sunday, nursery will be provided for ages 18 months to 4K. Children in kindergarten and older will attend the service with their families. (Please note that no childcare will be provided during the 7:00 a.m. service on Easter Sunday.)

Registration will be required for all services through a separate link provided by Tara Davis. Please contact Tara for more information (Tara@CathedralAdvent.com).

Additionally, we encourage children to bring flowers to adorn the cross on 20th Street near the steps into the Nave. We ask that parents assist their children in flowering the cross before or after the service.

What about social distancing?

Households may sit together. If you are coming as a larger, extended family, please be aware that we may need to arrange your family into two pews, so that appropriate distances between households can be maintained throughout the Nave. 

What will seating be like?

Ushers will actively assist you, showing you an appropriate pew. Every other pew will be closed, marked with a card providing that clear instruction. To maintain proper distance among our pews, you (and your household) will be seated by approaching an open and suitable pew from any aisle (either of the side aisles, or from the center aisle).

What about masks?

Everyone is required to wear a mask. Those who are leading the services will not wear a mask when they are speaking. 

How should we enter and exit the Nave?

Individuals and families should enter and exit the Nave through the double-doors that open onto the 20th Street steps at the rear of the Nave. Members of our Welcome Team will be stationed at various entry points to help direct you. Please help us avoid bottlenecks and clusters as you enter and exit our buildings. 

Where should we park?

Parking will be available in our Day School’s lot at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Richard Arrington, in the Financial Center Parking Deck, and curbside along adjacent streets. 

What other precautions will we be taking?

Unfortunately, we will not have coffee, water, or other refreshments available before or between services. We hope everyone will greet one another warmly, but without handshakes, hugs, or other contact. Ushers and greeters will be taking extra precautions as they hand out our bulletins and provide assistance. 

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