This year the panels, which are 8x8, starts with the creation, then to the nativity and then to Christ explaining to the disciples how he will soon die. The balance of the panels center on the events of the Holy Week, from Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion on the cross.
At the end, visitors go into an area called “Life without Christ” and then into the cross room where they can write whatever they choose to give to God and actually nail it to a cross.
“This is a very humbling act for most, especially after walking past all the dimensional panels with their scriptures,” Hand said.
Privacy is respected, she said. No one reads the requests or praises nailed to the cross and they are burned in a prayer ceremony at the church after the presentation is over. The ashes are saved until the next year when they are put in an urn and displayed in the cross room.
“Understand all that Christ taught us while He walked this Earth is so very important in our own Christian walk,” said Twenty-Sixth Street Baptist Church pastor Tim Arthur. “The Pathway is a visual aid that has the capability of creating an atmosphere whereby we can increase our insight of His gift of salvation for us.”
The church asks that groups call ahead so they can make the Pathway journey together, Hand said.
“We love cantatas, dramas and musicals but this experience is a new venue — art where the attendee depends only on what they read and see,” she said.
Call the church at (304) 522-4125 for information.
MARK MAYNARD can be reached at email@example.com or (606) 326-2648.