The stage adaptation of Frank E. Peretti’s novel of how the paths met will be performed once again at North Cleveland Baptist Church — this time, during Pro-Life Month, as a memorial to the unborn, to the hurting and to those walking in the light of forgiveness.
The Jan. 22 event is free. No reservation is needed. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.
“Each January we celebrate Pro-Life Month by reaffirming our belief that human life should be cherished and protected from conception until natural death,” said Tracie Shellhouse, executive director of New Hope Pregnancy Care Center. “It is also a time we focus on the dignity of human life.”
The North Cleveland Baptist drama team performed the play in September 2012 to coincide with New Hope Pregnancy Care Center’s Walk for Life. The team was asked to perform “Tilly” again in conjunction with New Hope’s Sanctity of Human Life memorial event.
“When I attended both showings of Tilly in September, I was deeply touched,” Shellhouse said. “The play is a beautiful representation of how we at New Hope feel about those who are post-abortive. We love them.”
Shellhouse said the cast and crew at North Cleveland made the performance something the community should have another opportunity to see.
“The cast and crew seem to have hearts for our ministry and those we serve,” she said. “I realized that many in our community would be touched by the play, while others may begin the road toward healing from their own abortion decision.”
Lanny Green, minister of worship at North Cleveland, said he felt strongly that the message of the play would benefit the community as well as show support for the ministry of New Hope.
“I knew that we needed to do this play and get this story out in the community, and hopefully the message of this story would help someone who needed healing from their past,” he said. “(The cast and crew) were very excited to get to perform ‘Tilly’ again. It is just a privilege to get to do this for New Hope.”
Both Shellhouse and Green said that although the subject of the play may be too mature for smaller children, everyone can come.
“The subject matter is mature, yet presented in a way that even children can attend without parents fearing that they will be offended,” Shellhouse said.
“The story is a powerful testimony of the forgiving redemptive power of grace. It centers around a couple that has never talked about or dealt with an abortion in their past,” he said. “So if there are people out there that need to hear about grace and forgiveness, they need to hear this story. If you stand for the rights of the unborn you need to come and give New Hope your support and see this. … It is very appropriate for all to come and see this story, especially those who are post abortive and those who are thinking about abortion.”
The performance will be followed by a testimony and brief memorial ceremony. For more information about the performance or New Hope Pregnancy Care Center, call 479-5825.