OCTOBER 29, 2009 ISSUE

Judgement House at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church Starts Friday

Satan and his demons from last year’s Judgement House production at Howard’s Creek Baptist Church. All actors are volunteers from the church and surrounding churches and the story is different each year. This year’s Judgement House starts this Friday, October 30, at 6:00 p.m.

For the tenth year running, Howard’s Creek Baptist Church, located at 240 Howard’s Creek Church Road in Boone, is bringing the potentially life-changing Judgement House to the Boone area starting this Friday, October 30, at 6:00 p.m.

This year’s story involves the typically American Endicott family.

“It’s a very busy family, with kids and parents going in different directions,” said Mark Chaney, the church’s pastor. “The parents are trying to be there for their kids, but the husband is travelling for his job. It is [about a] complex family, which is what our families have become.

“You hear the message of Christ in the way one of the daughters accepts Christ. At the same time, her mom—and she is a good mom—fails to recognize the importance of that faith relationship.”

During the presentation, which start for groups of 15 every 15 minutes, each tour follows the life of the family step-by-step. But then something happens—instead of focusing on life, the drama starts to focus on “what happens after death and how eternity is based on the decisions we make in this life,” said Chaney.

The presentation is a walk-through drama that takes place in nine sequential scenes. All actors are volunteers from the church and from surrounding churches.

“This is our tenth year for the drama,” said Chaney. “It’s a different story each year and reflects society as it is.”

While each story is unique in its setting, characters and plot, every story asks: what will you do with God’s offer of a saving and personal relationship with his son, Jesus Christ?

“The underlying decision that [the characters] are all presented with is trusting in Christ,” said Chaney. “It’s about dealing with the choices before us.

“It is fast-paced. There is always this busyness to [the family’s] schedule and the dilemma is either to continue to press on, or to slow down and listen to the faith message that will change [their] life.”

The drama holds up a mirror, allowing the audience to see themselves and their situation.

“They can identify with it,” added Chaney.

The aim of the production is that the audience will not only learn from it, but start to apply the lessons in their own life.

“[Our] choices affect this life, but more important, they will affect [our] eternal life,” he said.

The series of presentations takes place over two weekends, from October 30 to November 1 and from November 6 to 8. Tours are offered between 6:00 and 9:30 p.m. on October 30 and November 6, between 5:00 and 9:30 p.m. on October 31 and November 7 and between 4:00 and 8:30 p.m. on November 1 and 8. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are recommended. For more information and/or to make reservations, call 828-264-1908.