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Easter services planned in Kenly

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KENLY — Thirteen men representing several Kenly-area churches will be portraying Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper painting in a live stage production at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at Kenly Church of God.

Those participating in the Living Last Supper will be Joe McDougald of Delightful Temple Ministries; Corey Brown of Mincey Chapel; James Hoke of Bethany Missionary Baptist; Paul Dunham of Kenly United Methodist Church; Todd Sutton of Bethany Missionary Baptist; Matt Clarke of Kenly Missionary Baptist; Brian Wible of Kenly Church of God; Aubrey Williamson of Kenly Free Will Baptist; Donnie Jones of Kenly Free Will Baptist; Keith Davis of Mack’s Chapel AME; George Arant of Kenly Missionary Baptist; Jacob Allen of Kenly Church of God and Ernie Brame of Kenly United Methodist Church.

The Living Last Supper was presented in Kenly seven years ago.

This will be the first of several events in Kenly during the week leading up to Easter.

Palm Sunday services will be held at Delightful Temple Ministries on First Street behind Piggly Wiggly at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14.

All area pastors will be participating.

On the evening of Thursday, April 18, Kenly United Methodist Church will host a tenebrae service with the Rev. Paul Dunham officiating.

Tenebrae, Latin for darkness, is a religious service held during the three days preceding Easter, and characterized by the gradual extinguishing of candles and a loud noise taking place in total darkness near the end of the service.

On Good Friday, April 19, the large cross will be carried from Grady Park to the cemetery by anyone wishing to participate.

The cross-carrying was including in Kenly Easter activities for the first time last year.

The procession will travel on N.C. 222 with a police escort. Following the service at the cemetery, a hot dog supper will be provided at the Kenly American Legion hut.

“The cross-carrying was a very meaningful event last year and touched a lot of people,” said George Arant of the Kenly Ministerial Association.”It made Easter more significant.”

At 7 a.m. Sunday, April 21, a community-wide Easter sunrise service will be held at the Kenly Cemetery. The Rev. Sylvester Holder of St James Church of Christ in Middlesex will bring the message.