A family depicts John the Baptist baptising people at the River Jordan at Our Lady Star of the Sea’s Bible Sunday celebration. The ‘river’ was made up of a blue cloth s pegged to a table (right).A family depicts John the Baptist baptising people at the River Jordan at Our Lady Star of the Sea’s Bible Sunday celebration. The ‘river’ was made up of a blue cloth s pegged to a table (right).
About 50 people gathered at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea canteen on July 12 to witness Bible passages coming to life through drama.

The church’s Bible Sunday celebration saw parishioners taking to the stage, donning colourful costumes and using props.

Coming in first place was Jerome and Family, a family of nine including a two-year-old, who acted out a scene at the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised by John the Baptist.

During the part when the Holy Spirit came down in the form of a dove, a handmade white paper bird with an attached spotlight was lowered above the head of the actor playing Jesus. “Oohs”and “ahhs” were heard from the audience.

In second place was the team from Faith and Light, a community for the intellectually disabled, who acted out a modern version of the Good Samaritan story.
Members of Faith and Light, a community for the intellectually disabled, act out a modern version of the Good Samaritan story.Members of Faith and Light, a community for the intellectually disabled, act out a modern version of the Good Samaritan story.

Using a classroom setting, the team portrayed out how a student made fun of a classmate she disliked. However, a sudden asthma attack brought the two together and they embraced one another in the end.

A judge from a Neighbourhood Christian Community, Mr Eddie Low, 56, said their performance was highly “relatable to real life”.
 
Two other teams from the Angelus choir and the Bible Time Line group also took part.

The Angelus choir acted out a skit based on the story of Joseph and his brothers. When Joseph jumped through a hula-hoop with a greyish-blue cloth attached, the actor had trouble fitting in due to his height, sparking waves of laughter among the audience.

Last to perform was the group from the Bible Time Line. One of their members acted as the adulteress in the New Testament story who was on the verge of being stoned. Ms Elizabeth Chan, 60, who played the role of the adulteress, got on her knees and crawled towards the actor who played Jesus in the skit.  

 “I wasn’t told how I should act,” she said. “Because I’ve been a sinner ... if I was remorseful and repentant, I should crawl to him to seek his mercy.”  

Members of the audience said they found the dramatic renditions of well-known Bible stories interesting and educational.
“The skits were very informative,” said Mr Kenneth Edward, 23.

Mr Nicholas Anthony, 23, said, “Acting would actually make people understand more about the passages.”

Ms Suzan Ling, one of the organisers of the event, said that “the point for the participants is to interact with the word of God”.

Parish priest, Fr J J Fenelon told CatholicNews that the event marked “a beginning” for the church and said he hoped that everyone would get “rooted in the word of God”.

“All you need is a spark, and when you fan that spark, next year, more will come,” said Mr Raymond Chang, pastoral coordinator of the parish. “For a first-time event, personally I’m quite satisfied.”

By Lorna O’Hara
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