Church stages drive-through Easter drama
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Friday, Apr. 04, 2014

Church stages drive-through Easter drama

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    “The First Easter: Or, His Story” can be seen – from your car – 7-9 p.m. April 12 at First Baptist Church on Lee Street in Mount Pleasant. It is free, and everyone is welcome. For information, call the church at 704-436-9260.

There are all kinds of churches – praying churches, missions churches, outreach churches – and most every church is an eating church.

First Baptist in Mount Pleasant is a church filled with drama. And next weekend the congregation is taking the drama outside to share with the community.

Drama at First Baptist means plays, musicals and various productions, sometimes including a donkey in the sanctuary and men who grow beards to look like Bible characters.

Church members Patty Hagler and Don Brown reminisced about some of the past productions when we met to talk about the church’s newest endeavor: a drive-through Easter drama.

For the past two years, Hagler said, First Baptist has hosted a drive-through Christmas program. So she thought it would be a good idea to “make a big deal of Easter” and try something similar.

She got Brown to write a script and enlisted dozens of volunteers to create a program that will be open to the driving public April 12.

Brown joked that his script, called “His Story” could be subtitled, “The Gospel in 10 Minutes” or “Cliff’s Notes Easter.” It uses biblical passages to create four scenes from the last days of Jesus.

Hagler explained how the drive-through will work: Cars will be welcomed by church members in period costume, then guided to the parking lot in the back of the church, three or four at a time, to watch the actors and listen to the narration.

Actors will pantomime four scenes from the last days of Christ: the garden of Gethsemane, the crucifixion, the empty tomb and the road to Emmaus.

Lighting and sound effects will accompany the narration, helping to guide audience attention from one scene to the next. Hagler was quick to point out that the drama, including the crucifixion scene, is appropriate for children and should take about 10 minutes to watch.

This is a big undertaking for a relatively small congregation, Hagler said. She estimated it will take about 40 people just for the cast. More volunteers will provide technical support with lighting, sound, props, costumes and makeup. But Hagler’s a cheerleader for the drive-through.

“We can do this,” she told the congregation, and the volunteers rallied to her call.

Why a drive-through drama?

Hagler said the congregation wants to reach out to people where they are, and where people often are is in their cars. Lots of people won’t come inside a church, she said, but they’ll drive through and watch a short drama.

“We like to reach out to the community,” she said, “and let them see what this church is about.”

Marcia Morris is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marcia? Email her at EasternCabarrusWriter@gmail.com.

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