The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 29, 2012

‘Zombies’ teach youth of how to deal with life

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer

Monday, October 29, 2012 — Lethargic stumbling, torn clothing and empty eyes: are these zombies or tired college students?

These creatures are what one encountered last Sunday at Pfeiffer University at their Sunday Night Alive presentation down by the lake on the Misenheimer campus.

Pfeiffer hosts Sunday Night Alive on the third Sunday of every month.

The Zombie Hunt at the Lake installment of Sunday Night Alive took place at 6 p.m. and was sponsored by the Village Church at Pfeiffer. The event was staffed by the Christian Educator’s Fellowship and Peer Ministries.

Participants at the event included area middle and high school students from youth groups of all sorts, sizes and denominations.

In the past they’ve had a movie night, bands come to play or swimming.

Once everyone had arrived, Rev. Sherri Barnes, associate director for university and church relations, led everyone through a series of ice-breaker exercises to get everyone comfortable and ready.

“Tonight we had planned to do a guided meditation around the lake, but we’ve had to change that because of how many people arrived,” Barnes said.

Next, staff members performed a series of scenes that offered insight into many problem areas haunting young peoples’ lives and proposed ways of addressing them.

“What do zombies do?” Barnes asked.

“They are half-alive and half-dead. We have places in our lives that are like that, that take away our time, our energy, our spirit. That take us to, sometimes, so very dark places.

“When we talk about going on a zombie hunt tonight, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to look at some situations and see where we really struggle with places that our life doesn’t seem to be.”

In September, Sunday Night Alive was attended by 140 local youth from 14 area churches.