Noah’s Ark drama to be presented this weekend

POMEROY — Almost hidden in a grove of trees behind Hillside Baptist Church, just off State Route 7 and State Route 143, sits a replica of Noah’s Ark.

Hillside Baptist Church Senior Pastor Dr. James R. Acree said the reason for building the structure was “to tell the most deadly story in the Bible and how it relates to Jesus’ message in the New Testament.”

“It was the leading of the Lord to build the ark,” he said as he quoted Matthew 24:37-39: “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be…”

Using the description taken from the Book of Genesis, church members built the ark approximately one tenth the size of the Biblical narrative. Since that time, the ark has been used “to spread God’s message,” Pastor Acree said.

Each year, for two weekends in August, the church presents the live outdoor drama “Noah and the Ark” free to the public. The Power in the Blood Ministry supplies the actors who use parts of the ark as a stage for their performance.

The event has grown over 19 years, adding concessions, handicapped parking, and some seating on the hillside, though guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

“The average attendance each night is around 350, but we have seen up to almost 1,000,” Pastor Acree said.

He explained the play has gained notoriety around the area as well as several adjourning states, and since there are no reservations it is difficult to predict attendance.

“We feel this is a great opportunity for families to enjoy an evening watching the play,” Acree said. “Every year the crowds increase, they are coming from all over to hear God’s message. God has been good, has blessed us, and people have responded.”

For more information on the upcoming performance Aug. 25, 26 and 27 visit their website at, find them on Facebook, or call 740-992-6768.

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By Lorna Hart

Special to the Sentinel

Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.