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Churches to hold Holy Week services

March 28, 2013|Anne Weatherholt | Around Hancock

Many Christian churches observe Maundy Thursday today, so called because of the mandare (Latin for commandment) given by Jesus Christ to his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you.” 

Services at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church include footwashing and Holy Communion.

On Friday, local churches observe Good Friday and the commemoration of the death of Jesus on the cross.

Local clergy and church members will walk from Widmeyer Park along Main Street to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. Stops along the way give opportunity to pray and bless the businesses, homes and citizens.

St. Thomas’ will sponsor an Easter party for children at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Parish Hall, 2 E. High St. 
The popular party features an Easter story, an Easter egg hunt with prizes and plenty of Easter treats for all ages. Celebrate Easter Day by attending the church of your choice as Christians around the world welcome the new dawn of resurrection, hope for the world.

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Child abuse prevention activities planned in April

April is an important month in Hancock for events drawing attention to the prevention of child abuse. 

After the death of two local infants, family and friends have made it their mission to educate and advocate in their memory. 

On April 2, students from Hancock Middle-Senior High School and those from the community are invited to come to Widmeyer Park at 10:15 a.m. for the planting of a hybrid dogwood tree in memory of victims of child abuse. 

A balloon launch will follow the tree planting. Participants will be invited to divide into groups and distribute blue ribbons throughout Hancock, giving each business one to display and hanging them on light posts and poles.

They will plant “Pinwheels for Prevention” gardens at Widmeyer Park and at the Hancock Rescue Squad along Main Street.

Children from the Good Shepherd Preschool will decorate blue ribbon trees at Joseph Hancock Park, and plant “Pinwheels for Prevention” there as well. 

On Saturday, April 6, there will be a Rock Me, Don’t Shake Me concert, dance and silent auction at the Hancock American Legion at 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. 

Two bands from the area — Torn and Break Even — have donated their time along with Fossil and Company DJ’s. 

Torn will kick off the event at 9 p.m., followed by Break Even at 10 p.m. and Fossil and Company at 11 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-678-6167 or 301-678-5622.

Proceeds from the event will be combined with the child abuse walk/5K run to support local child abuse prevention and treatment efforts at Safe Place Child Advocacy Center in Hagerstown and Safe Haven Child Advocacy Center of the Eastern Panhandle.

The walk/run takes place Saturday, April 27, beginning in Widmeyer Park. The event includes free food, educational materials and displays.

Both South Mountain and West Virginia BACA, or Bikers Against Child Abuse, will be present to have their pictures taken with the children and to allow them to sit on their motorcycles.

CHIPS, or Child Identification Program, will be present to offer free identification for the children, and a free inflatable bounce will be set up. 

As one can see, this is a full calendar of events surrounding this important issue. Hancock residents are encouraged to participate and support these events, and perhaps save the life of a child.

Share your news about events in area

Be sure to send your Hancock community news to anneweath@aol.com or call 301-678-6888. 

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