Keep Watch in the Garden

An angel keeps watch with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Holy Week Prayer Vigil at Newmarket Community Church — All Are Welcome!

All Are Welcome to Participate in Our Annual Holy Week Vigil at Newmarket Community Church (NCC)

Every year friends and members of NCC are invited to keep vigil with Christ during Holy Week beginning Holy Thursday at 8PM and culminating at sunrise on Easter Morning at 6:00AM.

We keep vigil with Christ by praying in the sanctuary (or at home) continuously during this time, one or two people at a time, hour by hour, so that the entire 58 hours are covered.

One of the places from which we draw this custom is Jesus’ request to his disciples to keep watch while he prayed and agonized in the Garden of Gethsemane. Of course, they were unable to fulfill Jesus’ request because they — being overstressed, exhausted humans — kept falling asleep. Even though they struggled and failed to stay awake with Jesus, the invitation was there for them, as it is for us.

This is why, every year, we hold this Holy Week prayer vigil.

If you’d like to participate, please consider committing to an hour of prayer at a time of your convenience sometime between Thursday night and Sunday morning.

Sign up for an hour or two; you can sign up to spend special moments in the NCC Sanctuary — or another place of your choosing — to pray in with Jesus in your own personal way. Help us keep watch with him through his 58 hours of prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane!

You can access our prayer schedule and select an hour for yourself by doing any one of the following options:

  • Visiting our Sign-Up Genius.
  • Clicking the button below to access our schedule.
  • Aiming your cell phone’s camera at the QR code, below, and then following the link that it populates on your screen.
  • Calling the NCC office at 603-659-3892.

If you need information or assistance, please call the NCC office at 603-659-3892 and we will be happy to help!

May the blessings of the season be on you and the ones you love!


This QR code will generate the link to our Sign-Up Genius on your cell phone’s screen. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054AA4A62DAAFF2-ncceaster