“The Life of Jesus Christ”: 9 a.m., Louisiana State Penitentiary, La. 66. A cast of inmates from the Louisiana State Penitentiary and Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women will present the story of Jesus at the prison’s multi-purpose arena. The production includes live gospel music and concessions. $10.



Good Friday-Crucifixion Celebration: noon, Faith African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 3919 Groom Road, featuring the laymen. Refreshments will be served following the service.

March 30

Spring Family Fest: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Miracle Place Church, 2080 Main St., with free pancakes, candy, egg hunts, face painting, games and prizes. (225) 775-4321.

Baton Rouge


Women’s Conference 2013: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Interdenominational Faith Assembly, 5050 Greenwell St.

Easter Basketball Tournament: 9 a.m., Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church, 9700 Scenic Highway. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

Easter Fest: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Elm Park Baptist Church, 5150 Landis Drive.

Easter Egg Hunt: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Family of Faith, 10748 Perkins Road, for families with children ages newborn through third grade. The free event includes crafts, bouncy houses, food, face painting and egg hunts.

Juvenile Prison Ministry Meeting: 2 p.m., Jetson Center for Youth, Scenic Highway, for Berean Seventh-day Adventist Church.

Adventist Youth Hour: 6 p.m., Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Center, 4555 Fairfields Ave., featuring an original drama, “Now Is the Time.”


Buddhist retreat: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, Agame Yoga & Meditation Center, 635 S. Acadian Thruway, with Anam Thubten, an internationally-known teacher, as speaker. http://www.agame

Saturday-March 30

Week of Praying: 7 p.m., Berean Seventh-Day Adventist Worship Center, 4555 Fairfields Ave., with nightly prayer services on the theme “Building a Stronger Family.”


Palm Sunday Services:

  • 7 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H Delpit Drive.
  • 9 a.m., New Bethal Baptist Church, 1540 Matilda St.
  • 10:45 a.m., Broadmoor Presbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd., with the traditional processional of palms led by the children, youth readings and music from LSU graduate Luis Rodriguez. The Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Bloodmobile will be on site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A fried catfish lunch will follow the service. Cost for the lunch is $10 per person and $30 per family. Proceeds will benefit the Summer Camp Scholarship Fund.
  • 11 a.m., Greater Mount Gideon Baptist Church, 205 Alice St., with the Rev. Emma Woods as speaker.

85th Church Anniversary: 7 a.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd.

Lord’s Supper: 9 a.m., New Bethal Baptist Church, 1540 Matilda St.

Easter Egg Hunt: 10:30 a.m., Maranatha Fellowship, 1433 Sharp Lane, led during the service by the MKids Children’s Ministry for children of all ages.

Men Day Celebration: 11 a.m., Greater Beach Grove Missionary Baptist Church, 5352 Ford St., with the Rev. Donal Ruth as guest speaker.

Scholarship jazz brunch and silent auction: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Lod Cook Conference Center, 3838 W. Lakeshore Drive, sponsored by the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Xavier University Alumni Association. Norman Francis, president of Xavier University of New Orleans will speak. $50.

Voice of Worship Tour: 11 a.m., Metropolitan Community Church of Christ, 7747 Tom Drive, featuring Christian singer/songwriter Shawn Thomas in concert.

103rd Church Anniversary: 1 p.m., McKowen Missionary Baptist Church, 1255 Louise St., with the Rev. D. R. Berryhill and First Zion Missionary Baptist Church of New Orleans as guests.

12th Founder’s Day Celebration: 2 p.m., Hope Community United Methodist Church, 4260 Evangeline St., with the Rev. Yvonne Dayries as guest minister.

14th Church Anniversary: 3 p.m., Greater St. Michael Baptist Church, 1619 N. 37th St., with the Rev. Lloyd Austin as guest.

Pastor’s 20th anniversary: 3 p.m., New Freedom Baptist Church, 2909 Winnebago St., in honor of the Rev. Michael Hollins with the Rev. Sterling Wright as guest speaker.

Youth Round-Up: 4 p.m., InterDenominational International Fellowship, 538 South Blvd.

98th Church Anniversary: 4 p.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, with the Rev. Isaiah J. Webster and the Greater New Guide Baptist Church as guests.

“The Passion Play”: 5 p.m., Apostolic Christian Temple of Sanctification Outreach Ministries, 6892 Hooper Road, with gospel music.

“Old Rugged Cross” Musical: 6 p.m., Cornerstone International Ministries, 3609 Prescott Road, featuring such guests as Brandon Overton, Felecie Jackson, Arthur Gremillion and Friends, Marcy Fisher and Sharonda Copper.


The Seven Last Words of Christ: 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St., featuring the “Seven Chorals-Poèmes for Organ on the Seven Last Words of Christ” by Charles Tournemire (1870-1939). Organist Richard Webb, who developed the project that adds images and readings to the music, will be joined by readers Shirley Sands and Oneal Isaac.


Free Excel Classes: 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Mirror of Grace Outreach, 921 N. Lobdell Blvd., Suite E. (225) 300-4528.


Mass of Holy Chrism: 10:30 a.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St.

Lent Services:

  • noon and 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd.
  • 6 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave., a casual communion service.


Maundy Thursday services: noon and 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd., with communion.

Baton Rouge Aglow Community Lighthouse: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Baton Rouge Garden Center, 7950 Independence Blvd., a celebration of Passover with a sample Seder tasting. (225) 752-5544.

Mass of the Lord’s Supper: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St., with private prayer and reflection until 9 p.m.

Reenactment of The Last Supper: 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave.

Holy Communion: 7 p.m., Elm Park Baptist Church, 5150 Landis Drive.


The Seven Last Sayings from the Cross:

  • 9 a.m., True Light Baptist Church, 3836 North St., with the Revs. A.W. Azoney, Mallery Callahan, Ricky Carter, Kenneth Chandler, Elmore Garner, Dennis R. Hebert Jr. and MacHenry Wallace.
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Franklin Avenue Baptist Church, 10915 Florida Blvd.
  • 11 a.m., Holy Trinity Community Baptist Church, 1412 Seabord Drive.
  • 11:45 a.m., Israelite Baptist Church, 1841 Thomas H. Delpit Drive, sponsored by the East Baton Rouge Parish Minister’s Conference with the Revs. Gus Washington, Willie Green, Charles Burris Jr., Melvin Rushing, Van Smith, J.J. Mitchell, Ronald Sutton, Donald Sterling and Gerard Robinson Sr. as speakers.
  • noon, New Beach Grove Baptist Church, 4420 Crown Ave., sponsored by the InterDenominational International Fellowship.
  • noon, Rock Zion Baptist Church, 3996 Billops St.
  • 6:30 p.m., The Star of Bethlehem Baptist Church, 6274 Scenic Highway, with the Revs. Malcolm Combs, James Grayson, Robert London, Robert Smith and Joseph B. Combs.
  • 7 p.m., New Gideon Baptist Church, 2542 Balis Drive, with the Revs. Thomas N. Bessix, Jason Toliver, Melvin Rushing, Larry Hood, Ricky E. Carter, Steven Beckham and Sam Williams.
  • 7 p.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 538 South Blvd.

Stations of the Cross: noon, St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St.

Passion Parade and Outreach: 2 p.m., BREC’s Gus Young Park, 4201 Gus Young Ave., sponsored by My Father’s House Church. A parade depicting the crucifixion of Christ will march from North Foster Drive and Gus Young Avenue to the park.

Solemn Commemoration of the Lord’s Passion and Holy Communion: 3 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St.

Tenebrae Service: 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 17510 Monitor Ave.

Good Friday service: 7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2021 Tara Blvd., featuring a Cantata presented by the church’s choir.

March 30

North Baton Rouge Easter Parade: 10 a.m., Richardson Chapel Church of God in Christ, 731 W.K. Gordon St. The parade will start on Rosenwald Road, continue to Scotland Avenue, Fairchild Steet, Heath Street, Pembroke Street, 72nd Avenue and Scenic Highway, ending at the church.

“His Passion, His Purpose, His Life”: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., McKinley High School, 800 E. McKinley St., an Easter production presented by Press Play Theatre and Winter Dance Company and featuring local actors and dancers. Doors open at 5 p.m. $5. (225) 650-5841.

The Great Vigil of Easter and celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation: 8 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, 412 North St.

March 30-31

“At The Name Of Jesus”: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. March 30 and 10:20 a.m. March 31, Lanier Baptist Church, 4851 Lanier Drive, a dramatic presentation with music.



Youth Easter Program: 1 p.m., The Breath of Life Full Gospel Outreach Ministry, 11214 Bank St., Clinton.

Denham Springs


Unleash the Power Youth Rally: 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday, Glory of God Worship Center, 1114 Rodeo Drive, an interdenominational rally with dramas, videos and music.


Men Day Program: 2 p.m., Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, 50311 La. 16.


David Platt’s “Secret Church” simulcast: 6 p.m. to midnight, First Baptist Church, 308 N. River Road. $10. Register online at



Last Seven Sayings of Jesus: midnight, Providence No. 2 Baptist Church, 3781 La. 19, with the East Feliciana Parish Minister’s Conference as host.



Free One Day Easter Vacation bible school: 9 a.m. to noon, Crossroads Church, 1006 N. Oak St., for children ages 4 through the fifth grade. Includes songs, crafts, snacks story time. Email Rhonda Frederick at or call (985) 429-1299.



Feet Washing Celebration: 6:30 p.m., McKowen Baptist Church, 7325 Jones Connell Road, with the Clyde Lewis as guest minister.



Way of the Cross: 6:30 a.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 12364 La. 416. The procession will move along La. 1 for 11 miles around False River’s oxbow until it disbands in the afternoon at St. Mary of False River Catholic Church.

New Orleans


Palm Sunday Worship Service: 11 a.m., Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church No. II, 2601 Jackson Ave., with the Gospel Choir of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Bishop Kevin Hollingsworth, of Richton, Miss., as guests.


Messiah’s Passover 2013: 6 p.m., Delta Lyons Club, 1725 Hickory Ave., held by the Adat Yeshua Messianic Synagogue. (504) 701-4848.


TaizÉ Contemplative Prayer: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Lakeview Presbyterian Church, 5914 Canal Blvd.

New Roads


17th Year Feast and Fashion Show: 3 p.m., Scott Civic Center, Major Parkway, with Zion Traveler Baptist Church as host, Greater King David Male Chorus and the St. Paul Catholic Church Male Chorus singing and fashions by Bold and Sassy Boutique in Baton Rouge.



Final Rehearsal for Good Friday Service: 7 p.m., Plymouth Rock Baptist Church, 58830 Iron Farm Road, for the Iberville Parish Chorus.

Port Allen


Spring Musical: 1:30 p.m., Greater Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 9090 Section Road, with Shirley Griffin Johnson and the Gospel Determinators as guests.



Community Easter Celebration: 10 a.m., Dutchtown Baptist Church, 36495 C. Braud Road, featuring such children’s activities as egg painting, cookie decorating and an egg hunt.


“Walk with Jesus” live performance: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., NewSong, 18465 Old Perkins Road. Admission is free, but reservations are required. (225) 313-6736.

St. Francisville


Palm Sunday Service: 11 a.m., St. Peter Baptist Church, Angola Road, with Minister Jessie Cage as guest speaker.

Pastor Anniversary: 1 p.m., Pleasant Green Baptist Church, 13219 Weaver Road, in honor of the Rev. Marshall Gilmore with the Rev. Burnette King as guest speaker.


Feet Washing: 6 p.m., Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church, 7910 U.S. 61 N., beginning with intercessory prayer.


Feet washing celebration: 6:30 p.m., McKowen Baptist Church, 7325 Jones-Connel Road, with the Rev. Clyde Lewis, of Lake Charles, as guest speaker.


Last Seven Sayings:

  • 1 p.m., Magnolia Full Gospel Baptist Church, 7910 U.S 61 N., with the Revs. Albert Anderson III, Russell Jackson, Burnett King, Dennis Lawrence, Calvin Willis and Sterling Wrights as guest speakers. The program will air live on KCLF 1500 AM beginning at 1:30 p.m.
  • 7 p.m., New St. Luke Baptist Church, 7335 Solitude Road.



Men and Women Day: 2 p.m., New Hope Baptist Church, 1405 La. 409, with the Rev. Perry Jones and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church as guests.


The Last Seven Sayings of Christ on the Cross: 2 p.m., Pine Grove Baptist Church, 6670 La 412, with the Revs. Perry Jones, James Bennett, Rodney Freeman, James Turner, David Thomas and Mac Wallace.



Palm Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Christ Episcopal Church of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St.


Morning Prayer: 9 a.m., Christ Episcopal Church Of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St.


Maundy Thursday: 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St.


Good Friday SERVICES: noon and 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St., with Stations of the Cross at noon.

Boiled Crawfish Dinner: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St., Slidell, drive-thru only. Proceeds will help provide scholarships to send youth to the Diocesan Summer Camp.

March 30

Easter Vigil: 7 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church Of Slidell, 1534 Seventh St.

White Castle


Seven Last Sayings Program: noon, St. Paul Baptist Church, 33110 Bowie St., White Castle, held by the Mount Olive Missionary Association of White Castle.


Community Health & Wealth Fair: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Health & Wealth Fair, 32855 Bowie St., with free health screening and a business opportunities presentation. Clothing and food will be given away. (225) 545-4222.



Dinner and Easter Revival: 6 p.m., New Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4277 Old Weis Road, Zachary, with the Rev. MacHenry Wallace as speaker.