Presbyterian churches plan Maundy Thursday service

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By The Staff

Five Presbyterian (USA) church congregations in Taylor, Marion, Nelson and Washington counties will host a joint Maundy Thursday service on Thursday, April 9.

The service of Holy Communion and Tenebrae, an ancient liturgy meaning "service of shadows," will take place at 7:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 209 N. Second St. in Bardstown.

Participating in the service will be pastors and elders from Bethel First Presbyterian Church in Campbellsville, Bardstown Presbyterian Church, United Presbyterian Church in Lebanon, Springfield Presbyterian Church and Pleasant Grove Presbyterian Church in Springfield.

The Presbyterian Church has had a presence in Central Kentucky since the late 1700s and today is the only denomination of the Reformed tradition in the area.

There are currently seven Presbyterian churches in the four-county area. The Bardstown church was established in 1786, Big Spring-Bloomfield in 1794, Bethel First Presbyterian Church in 1799, Lebanon in 1789, Pleasant Grove in 1833, South Fork Presbyterian in 1931 and Springfield in 1792.

Area residents are invited to attend the service.

For more information, contact the Rev. David Johnson at (502) 473-8435.