Haunted Houses attract many people, but there are those out there that do not like them, or do not like the message they send. There are other types of these so-called tours, besides haunted houses. One of these type of tours, is happening this weekend in West Portsmouth.
Face Your Fears, is a walk-through drama, that takes place at Dry Run Church of Christ 22336 SR 73 West Portsmouth. This drama starts Thursday, Nov. 2, from 7:30 – 10 p.m., Friday, Nov, 3. 8 – 11 p.m., and ends Saturday, Nov. 4 8 – 11 p.m. It is a Free event, where groups are welcome, come rain or shine.
Emily Powell, from Dry Run Church, says, “this was started years ago and we brought it back in 2014 and 2015. Each year we had close to 700 people walk through and we hope to see that number grow! A lot of work goes into putting this on and we love seeing the end result.”
Powell said that the tour will go on rain or shine, as most of it is inside.
“We probably have close to 60 volunteers and it has been well receptive in the past and is getting better each year they have it,” Powell said. “It is a fun, free, nice family event, however, due to the depicting of Hell scene, children under 12 are not recommended to come.”
The Pastor of Dry Run Church of Christ, Mark Seevers said, “this outreach actually started in around the year 2000, and we would do this every October. We took a break for about four or five years, then we started it back up again. Now, we do it every two years and it’s just an outreach to the community, we want to provide an alternative to the haunted houses that are out there. What we do is just present sort of a real life dramatization, that chronicles the battle between good and evil in everyday life, everyday people’s lives and situations.”
Seevers says that they do this all on their own, they do not use any already prepared dramas and scripts. They have some in their congregation, some of the people worked together to make this script. “We do it differently each time, so this year, we’ve got another little scenario worked out. We feel like this must be something out of everyday life. We’re gonna try to use that to reach people with the Good News of Jesus Christ. That’s the way it is, we do this all on our own and everybody joins together.”
He says they have a great volunteer group that just jumps in and ask, ‘where can I help, what do you need?’ and it’s all just put on by people of their congregation, “which is kind of neat.”
Seevers stated that there are speaking parts, there are different scenes, and there are probably five or six scenes. He said that it will involve a tragedy and how two different families deal with the consequences…in the aftermath and chronicle the paths of these two families as they react to what has happened. “We are just really happy to do this, we hope that this can be something that reach people’s lives who are out there and battling with things right now, in their lives, maybe point them in the right direction, that there is hope in Jesus Christ. We look at our churches here, to minister, to reach out to the community, to feel like we make a difference in the community.”
He spoke of having candy in a car that the church did last week and they had maybe 1,000 visit and he says that they try to be a light out there for people. “I think this is gonna be a great thing here and make a difference in a number of people’s lives.This particular event is just a real life drama that depicts the battle between good and evil and in the end, showing the hope we have in Jesus. We’d love to have as many people as possible,” said Seevers.
Face Your Fears, an alternative to a haunted house, but yet a show that sounds intriguing and brings about a new perspective about life and how quickly things can change in people’s lives. The church is well-prepared for a large crowd and welcomes all to come and check it out.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins 740-353-3101 ext. 1928