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Wheeler Grove brings back Judgement House

Judgement House, "Unexpected," will be performed at Wheeler Grove Baptist Church, located at 21 County Road 519, in Corinth, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5, 6 and 7 and Oct. 12, 13 and 14. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and groups will start being led into the walk-through performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly and admission is free.

By L.A. Story

lastory@dailycorinthian.com

What would it be like to catch a glimpse into what happens after death?

The walk-through performance experience, Judgement House, provides a Biblical glimpse into the consequences of what many believe is humanity's most important choice.

This year Judgement House is returning to Wheeler Grove Baptist Church, located at 21 County Road 519, in Corinth, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5, 6 and 7 and Oct. 12, 13 and 14. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and groups will start being led into the walk-through performances beginning at 6:30 p.m. nightly and admission is free.

The walk-through drama is hosted at the church once every four or five years. The last time it was performed at Wheeler Grove was in 2014, according to 2018 Judgement House director and Wheeler Grove member Cory Holley.

The Judgement House theme for 2018 is "Unexpected" and the performance is essentially a play where the audience walks through eight scenes and each scene propels the story to the ultimate point -- that salvation is the result of a choice.

The story begins with a family of five that lives a hectic modern life and one where perhaps they are too busy to ponder the important question of eternity.

"The mama is just high-paced -- making sure to get the kids where they need to be and making sure the daddy has everything he needs for work and she has a lot of errands to run," said Holley.

While some aspects of the Judgement House story will be familiar, Holley said there are some new changes to the scenes this time with a new situation which will bring about a sudden tragedy that involves a wreck in which one or more of the characters will die due to texting and driving.

After the tragedy occurs, the audience is taken on a journey through the eternal to witness the consequences of some of the characters' choices.

"There is a decision you have to make in life and that's whether to accept Jesus Christ as your savior or whether to refuse Him and it shows the consequences of each choice," said Holley. "Everybody in life gets those two choices and it's just about what decision do you make with those?"

While Judgement House is not generally intended to be a scary experience, there are certain scenes which have elements that younger children may find frightening, said Holley. Thus, Judgement House is recommended for adults and children 10 years old and up.

The walk-through performance is handicap accessible and every scene is covered and protected from the weather.

"Rain or shine, it still goes on," said the director.

The elaborate production has a cast of over 200 people and in 2014 it was seen by over 2,000 people. There were some years were it has been seen by as many as 5,000 and Holley said the only purpose it to reach souls. He added that it is a good idea for those who are already Christians to see the performance as a reminder of the decision they made.

"God has always blessed us. We feel like He's always sent the ones who need to be there," said Holley. "We cover this thing in prayer because we feel like if God's not a part of it, it's not worth doing."

(For more information about this free event, contact Wheeler Grove Baptist Church as 662-287-2864.)