Holy Week, the last week of Lent leading up to Easter, begins this week with Palm Sunday. Many Valley churches will have special worship services and other events this week to mark Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
•The Spokane Valley Adventist Church will host its third annual “Journey to the Cross” performance. More than 250 actors will reenact portions of Christ’s life, outside the church at 16th Avenue and Sullivan Road. Performances are free and will run concurrently, beginning every 15 minutes and lasting about 30 minutes. Performances will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 4 to 9 p.m. next Saturday and from 4 to 9 p.m. on Easter Sunday.
•Foothills Community Church, 11102 N. Forker Road, will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m.
•The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection will celebrate Palm Sunday with services at 8 and 10 a.m. Members of the church will join members of the congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Adams Elementary School, 14707 E. Eighth Ave., for a palm procession to their church, 15319 E. Eighth Ave..
The church also will host a Maundy Thursday service with optional foot washing at 7 p.m. Thursday.
•St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 304 S. Adams Road, will hold the Stations of the Cross at noon Friday.
•Spokane Valley Nazarene, 15515 E. 20th Ave., will commemorate the Last Supper with a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m. A Tenebrae Service will begin at 7 p.m. on Good Friday.
•Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, 12407 E. 16th Ave., will hold a service of the 12 Passion Gospels with foot washing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. A vespers service with the taking down of the cross will begin at 1 p.m. Friday. Church members will begin their Easter service at 11 p.m. next Saturday. The service will last through the early morning hours.
•An Easter vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. next Saturday at Christ Lutheran Church, 13009 E. Broadway Ave.
•Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2511 S. Pines Road, will host a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m.
•Spokane Valley United Methodist Church will have a special combined worship service at 10 a.m. Sunday with a performance of the musical presentation “Come Touch the Robe.” The church is at 115 N. Raymond Road.
•A Good Friday service will begin at 7 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, 4124 N. Harvard Road. The church will also host its annual community Easter egg hunt at 1 p.m. next Saturday. Toddlers through fifth graders are invited to attend.
•Opportunity Presbyterian Church, 202 N. Pines Road, will have a Maundy Thursday service at 7 p.m., preceded by a soup supper at 6. A Good Friday service will begin at 7 p.m.
•The congregation of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will join the congregation of the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection at 8:45 a.m. Sunday at Adams Elementary School, 14707 E. Eighth Ave., for a palm procession to Good Shepherd. A Palm Sunday service will follow at 9:30 a.m.
The church, 810 S. Sullivan Road, will also host a Good Friday service at 7 p.m.
•Zion Lutheran Church, 8304 E. Buckeye Ave., will host services at 7 p.m. Maundy Thursday and Good Friday.
The church One will host its annual community Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. next Saturday at 24th Avenue and Sullivan Road. There will also be a petting zoo, jump castles, face-painting, cotton candy, balloon animals and pictures with the Easter Bunny. Children grade 5 and younger should bring their own basket or bag for the egg hunt. Admission is free.
Bake and book sale
The Veradale United Church of Christ, 611 N. Progress Road, will host a bake and book sale after the 10:30 a.m. worship service Sunday. The sale is to raise funds for the church’s garden, which provides free fruits and vegetables to the Spokane Valley Food Bank.