'Journey to the Tomb' at Foundation Church

Cary Ashby • Apr 13, 2019 at 6:00 AM

The “Journey to the Tomb” experience will engage all your senses.

The hands-on, self-guided tour about Holy Week, including the crucifixion of Jesus, is being offered on three different occasions — from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from noon to 8 p.m. Friday. The event will be at The Foundation Church, 535 E. U.S. 20.

“We are ending on Good Friday because that’s the day (Jesus) died on the cross,” said church member Wendy Marett, who hopes the experience will be thought-provoking. “It’s going to take 45 minutes to an hour to do it.”

The tour will go through several rooms in the church. There will be a marketplace, a “Judas room” and others that depict the Garden of Gethsemane and the Last Supper.

“This year it’s really not appropriate for children under 4,” said Marett, who organized “The Journey to the Tomb” in 2014 and 2015.

A space will be provided for children while adults go through the tour.

Joette Hudberg, the pastor’s wife, brought the idea back to the church after attending a conference on children’s ministry.

“We modified it to make it adult-friendly,” she said.

When The Foundation Church was at 87-A W. Main St., the tour used different tents in the sanctuary for each designated space. Marett, who called the first event “overwhelming” to organize, said the church now has much more space in its East U.S. 20 building, so it adds to the flexibility of what can be done.

Twenty to 25 people have been involved in making “Journey to the Tomb” a reality. Parishioners met to discuss the tour and share their interpretations.

Amy Battles is a member of the church arts ministry and has been helping Marett with the tour.

“This is going to be an experience for all of my family. It’s something you can experience with your kids,” said Battles, the mother of three: Leighton, 18, Sam, 15, and Drew, her 12-year-old daughter.

“This is more than just a story; it’s an experience.”

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