Marc Frye, youth director at New Hope Baptist Church and local organizer for the Underground Church, has joined a handful of others in Trigg County to offer a program that demonstrates life in other countries where people aren’t allowed to worship God freely.
“We show what it’s like to live in a place where worshipping is illegal and how a church would respond to that, the things we’d have to do to overcome that,” Frye said.
A few local organizers, including Frye, met with Stu Wilcox, an Underground Church organizer in Madisonville, who has been involved with the program for several years. The local group witnessed an event and decided Trigg County would be a good place for it.
“We were inspired and thought it was a good thing,” Frye said. “We thought it would be a good thing for our youth to be exposed to it.”
The primary target of the program is youth 12 and up, and adults are encouraged to attend as well.
“They should have an understanding of what other Christians have to deal with in other parts of the world,” Frye said. “It’s also important to understand that the same thing could happen here. We could face that someday ourselves. If they’re prepared for that, they won’t take for granted the freedom they have now and they’ll be proactive in trying to prevent that from happening.”
A typical Underground Church event, Frye said, might start with a church service that is interrupted with a notice that such activity is prohibited. From there, the program is designed to serve as an educational tool and even as a team-building exercise.
Those attending the event will be divided into small teams and search for clues to find the Underground Church and avoid “soldiers” of the fictional Government Against God (GAG).
“My one experience in this, I learned that not everyone feels the same way about being tested about their faith,” Frye said. “Some are quick to deny it, others are adamanat, no matter what the penalty is, to stand firm and believe in Christ, no matter who is asking.”
The Underground Church is a non-denominational activity. The Trigg County event will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church. Food will be served during the event.
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