Lent & Easter

Join us for 40 days of contemplation, prayer and preparation for Holy Week and Easter.


While the season of Lent begins with contrition and ashes, Jesus does not ask people to stay there—wallowing. The teachings of Christ embrace forgiveness and healthy change, second chances and new life—life in places where everything looks pretty doggone dead.

This Lent, as our world slowly begins to emerge from the effects of a horrible pandemic, join Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church as we embrace God’s prescription for rebuilding and abundant life.

Join us as we spend seven weeks contemplating what it will take to rise from the ashes!

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Online Worship

February 17 • Ash Wednesday
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching

Feb. 21 • First Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching

Feb. 28 • Second Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching

March 7 • Third Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching

March 14 • Fourth Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching

March 21 • Fifth Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Kate Dunn, preaching

March 28 • Palm Sunday
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching

April 1 • Maundy Thursday (Communion Service)
The Rev. Kate Dunn and The Rev. Werner Ramirez, presiding

April 2 • Good Friday
Brooke Matejka, Seminarian, preaching

April 4 • Resurrection of the Lord
The Rev. Dr. Scott Black Johnston, preaching

Virtual Activities

Daily Devotionals

Lenten Devotional
Journey through Lent with daily readings from our uniquely Fifth Avenue devotional, created by officers in the Class of 2021 and Fifth Ave staff members. Are you on our Advent & Lent Devotional email list? Sign up here.. Download the full Lenten Devotional.

Family Lenten Devotional
This wonderful resource includes weekly family devotions and coloring pages that connect with the weekly scripture. As we journey through this season of Lent together, families are invited to focus intentionally on the spiritual discipline of evaluating what the heart treasures. Sign-up to receive the Family Lenten Devotional.

Crossroads Podcast

Practicing Hospitality
What is hospitality and how can we make it a practice? Join us for a conversation with writer and theologian, Jeff Chu, as we dive deep into hospitality and take a look at how we can practice this, even to those whom it is hard to be hospitable toward.

Jeff Chu

Practicing Gratitude
The practice of gratitude can change your outlook on life. Join us for a conversation with Cynthia Gipson Lee, author of Will You 52? Living a Life of Praise, Prayer and Thanks as we discuss how to practice gratitude in our everyday lives.

Cynthia Gipson Lee

Virtual Events

Lenten Spiritual Practices

This year, Fifth Avenue offers once again something for anyone wanting to deepen their spiritual experience: a Lenten Spiritual Practice group. We’re going to learn about, discuss and even practice the ancient and new disciplines of our faith as we look to encounter the Holy One. These evenings will be the perfect complement to Sunday worship if you’re looking to set aside just a bit more time for your faith this Lent. To sign up visit fapc.org/spiritual practices and be part of this year’s experience.

Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 6 pm (ET)
Ash Wednesday Viewing
You are invited to watch this year’s Ash Wednesday Online Worship service as we prepare to dive into six weeks of learning and practice.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 6 pm (ET)
Lectio Divina with Brooke Matejka, Seminarian
A favorite from previous years, Lectio Divinia returns. Settle into a sacred time with Scripture as Brooke Matejka leads us in this ancient discipline.

Sunday, Feb. 28 • 2 pm (ET)
Spiritual Practices of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
In the second and third centuries, men and women fled to the desert to find wild places where they could deepen their intimacy with the divine presence. Join us as we explore the wisdom they offered through teaching and meditation. Dr. Christine Valters Paintner is an author, poet and the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a Benedictine oblate. Sign up here.

Thursday, March 4 • 6 pm (ET)
Creation as Practice with Jan Ammon
In Genesis we learn that God created the heavens, earth, and all that lives therein. What can we learn from creation about God and our own lives? Participants are invited to bring a photograph of a special place where you have felt God’s presence. Jan Ammon, Fifth Avenue’s former Associate Pastor, will lead us in Creation as Practice.

Thursday, March 11 • 6 pm (ET)
Ignatian Spirituality with Christine Boyle
Learn about Ignatian Spirituality and its practice to invite God more readily into our daily life through self-awareness, discernment and conversation. Christine Boyle, Fifth Avenue’s Director of Outreach and Missions, will share tools to use in Lent and beyond.

Thursday, March 18 • 6 pm (ET)
Walking the Labyrinth with Jaime Staehle
Walking the labyrinth is an ancient path to deeper spirituality. We’ll be exploring several different ways to interact with the labyrinth and learn to walk the path to contemplative prayer.

Thursday, March 25 • 6 pm (ET)
Visio Divina with Louisa Raitt
Our everyday lives are filled with images, from the news to Zoom calls.
Visio Divina—or Divine Seeing—is a practice that encourages us to slow down and invite God to speak to us through meditation of images. Fifth Avenue member Louisa Raitt will guide us on this spiritual practice as we move closer to Holy Week.

Thursday, April 1 • 6 pm (ET)
Maundy Thursday Viewing
The Lenten Spiritual Practice journey concludes with watching the Maundy Thursday service and celebrating the Lord’s Supper.

20s + 30s

Friday, April 2 • 3 pm (ET)
Good Friday Together
Join us as we watch and reflect on the Good Friday Service together. To sign up, email [email protected].

Family Ministries

Saturday, April 3 • 10 am (ET)
Virtual Family Easter Party
All families are invited to join us for our annual Easter Party! We will be singing together, dyeing eggs, doing some crafts and hearing an Easter story. Each child who signs up will receive a package of crafts in the mail! Sign up by March 20.