Church tells haunting truth

By KATIE HURST/ Staff Writer

CHELSEA — This Halloween, not all haunted houses will feature fictional ghosts and monsters. Chelsea Community Church will be telling what they believe is a much scarier tale — the haunting truth of reality.

From Oct. 27-30, the church will host a free dramatic walkthrough event known as “The Haunting Truth.” Guests will walk through several scenes inside the church that tell the story of a life made up of bad choices, said lead pastor Greg Davis.

“It tries to get folks to face reality, about how short life really is and how the choices we make here have consequences,” Davis said.

This is the church’s second year to host the event and this year’s story will be different from last year’s, he said.  The whole event is put on by church volunteers, including 72 cast members. This year, the dramatization follows the story of two teenage girls.

“One gets in serious trouble that affects her life and the life of her friend,” Davis said.

Davis said the drama is not meant to be scary in the traditional sense, but will include several powerful and intense scenes.  The drama is aimed at teenagers, but Davis said anyone can benefit from the message. The church requires children under 10 to be accompanied by an adult.

“It’s kind of the alternative of a haunted house,” Davis said. “The haunting truth of life is we’re all going to face death and then face judgment and that’s the truth.”

The event has become a great outreach opportunity for the church, Davis said. More than 1,000 people went through the dramatization last year with around 100 making life-changing decisions.

“The main goal for the event is to see people’s lives changed,” he said. “For them to realize there’s more to life than what this world has to offer.”

The church will lead tours through the dramatization every 15 minutes Oct. 27-30 from 6-10 p.m. Admission is free and reservations are recommended, especially for groups, Davis said. For more information or to make reservations call 678-9565.