Looking to provide a place for local Christians to reflect during Holy Week, Westminster Presbyterian Church in Rehoboth Beach will host a Stations of the Cross event the week before Easter.
The event is slated to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday, March 29, through Thursday, April 3. The Rev. Dr. Shannon Smythe, church pastor, said the event has been a couple of months in the making and tells the story of Jesus through images of today’s world. She said the images and literature associated with the event have been prepared by the Rev. Denise Anderson.
“This church has never done anything like this before,” said Smythe. “We’re really excited about it.”
Smythe said the stations have been set up as a multisensory experience, with the goal to have people actively participate in the stations. It will be peaceful, with essential oils and soothing lighting, she said.
Smythe said the church will be practicing COVID-19 safety restrictions, starting with limiting the number of people allowed in the church at any one time.
The event is free as a gift to the community, said Smythe, and there will be a donation box available, with all proceeds going to the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice.
In addition to the Stations of the Cross event, Smythe said Westminster will host an Easter parade on the Boardwalk at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 3. The plan is to meet at the Rehoboth Avenue Bandstand and walk south to the church.
It will be really simple, but joyful, said Smythe.
Westminster Presbyterian Church’s Stations of the Cross:
Station 1: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane
Station 2: Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested
Station 3: Jesus is denied by Peter
Station 4: Jesus is judged by Pontius Pilate
Station 5: Jesus is scourged at the pillar and crowned
Station 6: Jesus is crucified
Station 7: Jesus promises his kingdom to a thief
Station 8: Jesus speaks to his mother and the beloved disciple
Station 9: Jesus dies on the cross
Station 10: Jesus is placed in the tomb