According to Nancy Hamm of the ministerial association, the service will serve as an end to the Lenten services, which have taken place each Wednesday during Lent. She said churches of all denominations participated in the Lenten services.
“We have the lunch each Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist, but each week a different church serves the meal and that church’s pastor speaks,” she added.
According to Hamm, there have been 100-150 people in attendance at each Lenten luncheon. Churches that have participated include Trinity United Methodist, Main Street Baptist, Sacred Heart Catholic, Point Pleasant Presbyterian, Heights United Methodist, Bellemead United Methodist, Good Shepherd United Methodist and St. Paul United Methodist.
The Good Friday service also will be interdenominational and is open to the public.
Hamm described the service as a good way to bring people of different denominations together to share in a time of fellowship. She also said the service is a reminder of why Easter is celebrated.
“Christ died for us, and that’s one good thing to remember. If He hadn’t died and arose, there would be no Easter,” Hamm added.
The featured speaker will be the Rev. Charles Marker, a retired Nazarene pastor. Marker received a district minister’s license in 1961, after which he and his wife, Meredith, accepted the pastorate of the church in Hamlin.
After completing his education and the prescribed course of study, Marker was ordained as an elder in the church of the Nazarene in July 1966. He has pastored seven churches, including Hamlin, Buffalo, Henshaw, Moundsville, Newell and Point Pleasant, all in West Virginia. He served as pastor in Point Pleasant for 10 years and retired in 2004 after serving a total of 43 years.
The Markers are the parents of four children — two sons and two daughters. They also have 14 grandchildren.
The service, which will last approximately one hour, will commemorate the crucifixion of Christ. An offering, which will be given to the Samaritan fund, will be taken during the service.