By CCCNZ Ambassador, Mark Grace
It’s 7pm on Sunday night, 200 people are at Te Awamutu Bible Chapel.
From the centre of the seating a group of young adults begin a re-enactment of Mark's gospel, The Mark Drama is underway.
It is a delight to know that 50 people from Te Awamutu’s Alpha Course are in the audience. Church members from Hillcrest Chapel, Agora Church, and Hukanui Bible Church are also present with friends and family who are curious to know more about Jesus.
What a delight to see people being pointed to Jesus, through the gospel, from the Scriptures! It is super encouraging to hear from Lyndon Frost that next week Jeff Falconer is leading the Te Awamutu Alpha Group to ask and answer the 'why did Jesus die?', and having seen The Mark Drama the week before has laid an amazing foundation.
In the cast (above) are Chris Chalmers and Danny from Agora Church and Hannah Goodwin from Raleigh Street Christian Centre. Liam Labuschagne, from Te Awamutu Bible Chapel who is sixth from right in the red t-shirt. From Hukanui Bible Chapel are Donovan Kruger (fifth male from left) Lizzie Gilling (next to Donovan), Jenna Gilling (between Lizzie and Hannah in puffer jacket), and Joella (middle of the kneeling trio).
I'm delighted that four churches in the movement (Agora Church in Hamilton, Te Awamutu Bible Chapel, Lifezone Church in Tauranga and Raleigh Street Christian Centre in Cambridge) have all run the evangelistic Mark Drama over the last six weeks. I’m excited to hear that more churches are thinking about doing The Mark Drama as part of their Easter outreach next year.
If you or your church family is thinking about hosting a performance, there are experienced directors available to support actors and churches as they host these events.