Nacogdoches church offers alternative to receive Easter message

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The days leading up to the Christian holiday can be filled with reflection and personal growth.

In this fast-paced day and time, the commitment isn't always easy.

One Nacogdoches church is providing an opportunity to help people experience the story of Holy week.

Easter observances in a group setting are common.

But sometimes worshippers benefit by receiving the spiritual message in a very intimate and personal way. The opportunity is offered at First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches.

"The Prayer Room was really the brainchild of a lot of different members of the church," said church member Debbie Baisden. "We decided we wanted a room that would be somewhat sacred and provide an opportunity for people to come in prayer and meditate."

The prayer room has seven stations, based on the themes of Holy week. The stories are shared.

The prayers are suggested.

"This isn't the sort of thing we pressure people to do," Associate Pastor Mereidth Wende said. "This isn't the sort of thing that we guilt people to do. It's the sort of thing we say, if you've been hungry, if you've been wanting something more , this is here. And we've had a lot of people take advantage of it."

During the week people can come and go, but on Good Friday inidividuals are encouraged to reserve the room just for themselves, for one hour. Could it be so difficult?

"Many people were terrified about the hour," Wende said. "And I had to go and interrupt people and tell them 'your hour is up and the next person is ready to come into the room.'"

Repeat visitors say the experience is different each time. The prayer room will close tonight. However, this is likely one mission that will return each Easter season.

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