EMTs Leytrell Byess and D’Angelo Fletcher, Nurse Mary Walters and Doctor Benda Rolfe, standing from left, attend to Robin Campbell in a hospital emergency room while the victim’s father, Hunner Creel, far right, kneels in prayer. | Clif Knight

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Judgment House set for next week

Published 12:09pm Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The tragic outcome of sexual misconduct on the part of teenagers is the storyline of this year’s Judgment Seat, a walk-through drama presented by Shiloh Baptist Church of Somerville.

The production features the diverse talents that 36 actors, most of whom are teenagers, and a support staff of 115. Eight different scenes, including hell and heaven, are used to make the script come alive.

Over the past 25 years, the Judgment Seat has attracted more than 3,500 viewers, according to Minister of Students Michael Walters, who directs the drama. More than 2,000 people attended last year’s event and of that number, 100 made life-changing decisions in the counseling tent, which is located in the church parking lot.

“It’s a great outreach ministry for our church as well as other churches in this area,” said Walters. “We have people come who have never before set foot in the doors of a church. Most can identify with one or more of the characters in the drama and see firsthand the tragic, real life consequences of sin in their lives.”

“This is something we’ve been called to do,” said Children’s Ministry Director Nicole Vaughn. “ It’s awesome to see how the body of Christ can use the diverse talents of its members for His glory.”

“Many members of the cast can trace their relationship with Christ to the Judgment Seat,” she added, “and they volunteer to be a part of it because of the blessings they receive. It’s a very emotional experience for all of us. You can’t see a dry eye when we all come together at the heaven scene after the final production.”

The drama will be presented in the church’s education wing Oct. 29 through Nov. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. No reservation is needed; however, they are offered to groups of 10 or more.

For additional information, contact Walters at 256-286-0509 or email at Walters963@mecom or log on to www.thejudgmentseat.

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