Three area Episcopal churches are celebrating Holy Week by offering a chance for the public to experience walking with Jesus Christ through the last days and moments of his life this week.
All are inviting the public to visit Stations of the Cross they have set up in their churches.
The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 2374 Grant Ave. in Ogden, is offering six Stations of the Cross next week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
"We are opening the church so people can experience something of the Easter story and find out what it means to them," said the Rev. Vanessa G. Cato.
The church will be staffed with volunteers throughout those times to allow visitors to ask questions of the members if they wish.
Cato said any question will be allowed, as church volunteers are prepared for people to attend who are at all levels of church experience. And those who attend are invited to participate in their own, unique ways.
They'll be able to read explanations of each station, complete with thoughts and prayers to go along with them.
"Episcopalians are very good at inviting people to take on what it means for themselves," she said. "It's more likely to be helpful to them."
For example, at one station, which will represent Christ washing the feet of the disciples, Cato said people will be able to pour water into a bowl and place their hands in the water if they want to.
"People will have the opportunity to think about how they might serve somebody in a special way," she said.
The traditional 14 Stations of the Cross will be offered during ceremonies at both St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Clearfield and St. Michaels Episcopal Church in Brigham City, said the Rev. Claudia Seiter, who is the priest at both of these churches.
Both congregations are hoping the public will participate with them in their hourlong ceremonies that represent devotion during Holy Week.
"It's a service of devotion and it's observed by many of the pilgrims that go to Jerusalem this time of year," Seiter said. "What happens at each station is an offering of prayer. There is a brief description of what the station is about and a brief response, silence and then the group continues."
St. Peter's, located at 1579 S. State in Clearfield, will hold its event at 5 p.m. Friday, just prior to a Good Friday service.
St. Michael's, 589 S. 200 East in Brigham City, will hold its event at noon Wednesday.
Seiter said eight of the stations are based on events recorded directly in the Gospel. Six are based on inferences from the Gospel or from pious legend.
She said the stations traditionally are made with plain wooden crosses that may be placed on the walls or a particular icon that represents what those stations are all about.
Members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Ogden spent all last week preparing for their efforts to invite the public into their building this week.
Members volunteered their expertise and creativity in arranging the displays.
Dan Johnston, of Roy, is a carpenter by trade who was busy hanging a curtain rod to cover a closet in an effort to beautify his church.
Johnson said he enjoyed serving as a carpenter.
"That's what His job was," Johnston said if Jesus Christ. "It makes me feel the same. It's a good feeling."
Cato said she wants to produce good feelings as people participate in the stations at her church.
But not all the experiences are aimed at positive feelings.
In the Garden of Gethsemane display, Cato said she's hoping people will think about being alone and feeling afraid as Christ must have felt.
"People are invited to think about the times when they've been alone and afraid and think about trusting God even in their dark moments."
She's hoping the interactive aspect of the stations will leave an impact on those who come.
"People can engage with it. They'll get something they don't get in school."