This Easter marks the fifth time front-range Seventh-day Adventist churches have combined to invite community members to the Journey to the Cross and Beyond interactive program on the campus of Campion Academy. This annual event will begin Friday evening, April 19, with a concert at 7:00 p.m., featuring the Adventist Chorale of Northern Colorado directed by George Swanson.
Tour groups will assemble April 20 on the Campion Church campus before walking through the Jerusalem marketplace in the Campion gym where they will encounter and interact with merchants, soldiers, priests, and booths, and be part of the drama as Pilate sends Jesus to the cross.
Guests will experience a moving short drama of the crucifixion and resurrection that many have said is “life changing and starkly real.”
Following the presentations, participants are invited to enjoy refreshments in the church Fellowship Hall where they will see first-century Roman artifacts, armor, crucifixion nails, and have a photo opportunity to see themselves as a Roman centurion in full armor.
Tours begin every hour on the hour, starting at 1:00 Sabbath afternoon, April 20. The entire tour will take about an hour and the last tour will begin at 6 p.m. Everything is wheelchair accessible. All events are free, but attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be given to local food agencies for people in need. Reservations are not needed.
There will be hourly drawings for each group for the book “Messiah” by Jerry Thomas, a contemporary version of the best-selling book Desire of Ages. A grand prize of the Andrews Study Bible will be given.
To assist with the interaction of the guests and people in the village, attendees will receive five “gold” coins. However, tax collectors and others will want those coins, making the event highly interactive and memorable.
“The focus is on what Jesus did for us, and what we have because of His death and resurrection,” says Dick Stenbakken, one of the organizers. “It gives the local church members and schools a chance to become involved sharing the Gospel in a unique way,” he says.
Mark your calendars, make plans, bring friends, neighbors and relatives.
-- Dick Stenbakken; photos by Raelynn Kelley