All Hallows’ Weekend

How do we hold on to faith when we face what’s frightening? What do we do when the darkness feels overpowering? How should we remember those who have died?

On Halloween weekend this year, we’ll be engaging these questions at Plymouth with a variety of special events that you won’t want to miss.

Movie Night
On Friday, October 28, at 6 p.m., we’ll have a special screening of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. After the film, our special weekend guest, Dr. Joonna Smitherman Trapp from Emory University, will discuss the movie and give a short lecture that traces the intersection of faith and fear in film. We’ll also be showing Disney’s Coco at 6 p.m. with snacks and treats for children of all ages.

Weekend Worship
During our weekend worship services on October 29 and 30, Dr. Trapp will preach on vampires and the resurrection.

Not Your Mummy’s Organ Concert
On Halloween night, October 31, Plymouth is putting on a special event beginning at 5 p.m. with a free community dinner (walking tacos!) and a judged Halloween costume contest. At 6 p.m., Sohee Lee will give a special “Not Your Mummy’s Organ Concert.” Make plans to attend and bring a friend for a night of spooky classics and pop Halloween favorites. In addition to hearing something completely different and haunting on the organ, there will be fun games, prizes, and surprises!

Special Guest Speaker
Dr. Joonna Smitherman Trapp is the Director of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences Writing Program. Her research interests include the history of rhetoric, film and rhetoric, the gothic tradition, faith and learning, and American oratory. Last semester she co-taught a class that introduced students to the Bram Stoker archives recently acquired by Emory. From her childhood, she has carried a deep fascination of the literary and filmic vampire after watching Bela Lagosi’s Dracula at a special Halloween showing at her local small-town library in West Texas. Like Bela himself, she “blames it all on Dracula.”