To literally set the stage for Holy Week, Beulah Presbyterian Church in Churchill is holding a "Night at the Museum" experience Saturday April 16, in which biblical characters tell their stories.
The upper level of the church will be turned into a series of displays from the New Testament, and characters will "come to life." They include the story of the man who was told
that Jesus needed to use his colt, the woman who annointed Jesus with perfume, and Judas as he ponders the price of betraying Jesus.
The idea for the event germinated in 2009, when church members gave dramatic interpretations of characters from the Advent and Christmas scriptures, said Carolyn Leah, director of children's and family ministries at Beulah, which is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
Families found that it helped their children experience the biblical story of Christmas.
"We thought they looked a little like a museum display come to life. That prompted the idea of making the Holy Week story come to life as a journey but give it a twist with a 'Night at the Museum' take from the popular movies," she said. "We didn't want to have to cast any one person as Jesus so we decided to visit the scenes as if Jesus had just been there."
Each display focuses on how someone encountered Jesus and the impact that their meeting had. "We end with the the closed tomb being guarded by Roman soldiers with just a hint of something yet to happen," she said.
The event, which runs 6-9 p.m. is free. Groups will be led through by a guide who explains each exhibit. Anyone needing more information or to arrange for a large group can call the church at 412-242-4570.