Judgment House 2017 - FAQ's

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October 20-22 & October 27-29

Fridays 6:00-10:15pm
Saturdays 4:00- 10:15pm
Sundays 4:00- 9:15pm

Christmas is a time of celebration, but this year some folks are lacking in Christmas spirit. Alice, Betty, and Clyde are three very broken people who are in dire need of Christ’s love and mercy. Alice struggles with the pain of losing her father to cancer. Becky is guilty of self-righteousness. Clyde cannot fathom the idea of God’s grace covering his multitude of sins. Will they acknowledge their brokenness and allow Jesus, the ultimate Savior, to heal them before a fatal Christmas day accident?  Groups are filling up fast! Reserve your time slot today by calling our office at 972-262-5656.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Judgement House?
Judgement House is a walk-through drama that presents the gospel as well as the consequences of a person's choice to accept or reject salvation through Jesus Christ. Groups walk from scene to scene, building to building, throughout our campus until they reach the final scene and their tour is complete.

How long does it take?  
Groups of approximately 30 people leave every 15 minutes with our tour guides. It takes about one hour to walk through the entire drama. 

Do I need a reservation?
We encourage groups large and small to make a reservation by calling the church office.  Reservations are currently being made from opening each night till 7:30 pm. Individuals as well as groups can make a reservation by calling 972-262-5656 at any time. 

Will I have to wait long?
We make every effort to take each group through quickly to avoid long wait times.  However, there can be wait times as much as 1-2 hours.  This is one reason we highly recommend making an advance reservation.  The best time to come for a shorter wait is early each evening on the first weekend of Judgement House 2017 (October 20-22).

What is the cost of admission?
The cost this year is $7.00 per person.  This can be paid by cash, church check or credit/debit card when you come to Judgement House.   However, we will not turn anyone away if they truly cannot afford this.  Calvary Baptist Church spends between $6,000 and $10,000 each year to do Judgement House.  Expenses include the fees for the script, feeding the over 200 volunteers who work each night, set designs, advertising, permit fees, printing and mail outs, and rental of equipment used during the two weekends for the safety of our guests.

We have a reservation but more are coming, is that a problem?
We're thrilled you have a larger than anticipated group, please call our church office at 972-262-5656 as soon as possible to update your reservation!  Extra attendees will be handled as walk-ins and will have to wait until there is a place available in a group for them to go through.  For example, if you reserve a group for 30 but 60 come, 30 of them will be handled as walk-ins and may have to wait.

Is the production wheel-chair accessible?
Yes!  There are provisions made for wheel chairs to enter every scene except the hell scene which is down stairs.  For the safety of the participants there is a video of the scene provided upstairs.  We even provide wheelchairs for use by older guests or people who have difficulty walking long distances.

Can I bring my child(ren)?
We do not recommend Judgement House for children under 10 years old due to the intense nature of some of the scenes.  However, it is up to the parents.  If you feel your child is mature enough for each scene you may take them in.  For our two intense scenes one of our team will stand outside with your child until you have returned.  However, we do not have these volunteers available for your child during every scene.  Please arrange care for younger children so you can have a better and more meaningful experience during your tour.   There is no childcare provided for the public during Judgment House.

Is Judgement House just a way to scare people into being saved?
Judgement House is not intended to "scare" anyone into making a decision.  It is intended to make you think about your eternity.  In this year's script you will see three characters, each making decisions as they are faced with different circumstances.  When they reach their final destination you will see the result of those decisions.  At the last room our pastor will sit down with each group and talk about the characters and ask the group to consider how what they have seen applies to their individual life.  We hope that you will make the decision to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, but that must be your personal decision.

What if it rains?
Our security team is very careful and concerned about the safety of our guests.  If there is any lightning the tours will stop, but if it is only rain tours will continue.

Is there a rain out weekend?
Yes, should there be a reason we cannot have Judgement House, we do have an alternate plan to continue one more weekend, but that is not likely due to the number of people involved and the large amount of our campus used for these two weekends.  Barring a major development Judgement House 2017 - "Broken" will be held October 20-22 and 27-29, 2017 and once it is over it will not be done again here at Calvary Baptist for two more years, putting our next production in 2019.

How do I get involved?
Judgement House productions require all hands on deck so we need your help! Construction is every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 7 - 10pm.  You can call the office at 972-262-5656 or contact our coordinators to find out how you can help in any of these additional areas:
         Cast Childcare - Kim Hochstetler
         Cast Refreshments - Teresa Dixon
         Cast -Ron Adams
         Concessions - Dan Bickle
         Construction - Terry and David Green
         Encouragers - Pastor Brian Loveless
         Prayer Team - Marsha Adams
         Registration - Karen Snead
         Security -  Mike Snead
         Tour Guides -  Ashley Contreras

You can also PRAY! PRAY! PRAY!  Pray for those building sets, acting in the scenes, working in registration, concessions and food preparation, security, childcare and the many other places our people are working.  Pray for good weather and for traveling mercies as groups go through Judgement House.  Pray for strength, endurance and the power of the Holy Spirit as we work each night.  Pray for those who come to understand and make the decision God wants them to make.  Pray for God's will to be done in each life that is touched by Judgement House 2017.

You can also visit our website at http://calvarygp.net/judgement-house.html


Brian Loveless has been serving as Lead Pastor for Calvary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, TX since November 2003. Brian shepherds, leads, feeds, and guides Calvary’s congregation, staff, and guests to spiritual growth and service for Jesus Christ. His main goals remain for folks to see God, share life, serve others, and stay connected.