Column: Local churches host hayride and walk-through drama

Published 1:12 pm Tuesday, October 10, 2023

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By Elisabeth Altamirano-Smith | Community Columnist

New Hope Assembly of God and Old Macedonia Baptist Church will co-host “A Journey to Eternity” Oct. 13-15 at New Hope Assembly of God (2234 County Road 253, Clanton).

The hayride and walk-through drama will present life choices that three teenagers have made with the spiritual consequences (of both this life and the next).

“The drama is about three teenagers at a party that get in an accident and pass away,” Willie Mims Wilson, event organizer, said. “Some of them go to Hell and some go to Heaven. We are a church and we want people to know there really is a Hell and there really is a Heaven.”

Bridget Smitherman is another event organizer who has played a big role in organized the whole event. Presentations for the drama are Oct. 13-14 at 7, 8 and 9:00 p.m., and Oct. 15 at 6 and 7 p.m.

This is the third year that the churches have co-hosted the event, sometimes receiving over

500 attendees, so reservations are strongly encouraged in advance. Walk-ups will be

accepted but may result in a longer wait time.

Wilson said that while the event is best-suited for ages 10 and up, the target age group is teenagers.

“Our youth are led by so many other things that get their attention, that we need to put the word out there plainly,” said Wilson.

A waiver will need to be signed upon entrance for the hayride between scenes. Each program will run approximately one hour. The entirety of the drama is a handicap-accessible event. Donations will be accepted, but are not required.

For reservations, please contact Tammy Lett by text at 205-306-2068.