Churches unite for ‘Life of Christ’


Joy Banks, founder of 4 Him Alone Community Ministry, leads the rehearsal of “The Life of Christ,” a program that will be presented on March 29 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church.

AIDA MALLARD/Special to the Guardian
Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 at 2:06 p.m.

Some of the chronological events that occurred in the life of Jesus will be the focus of a production called "The Life of Christ" being presented by 4 Him Alone Community Ministry.

Facts

EASTER PRODUCTION

What: “The Life of Christ,” a cantata-like production by 4 Him Alone Community Ministry.
When: 6 p.m. March 29.
Where: Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 2505 NE 8th Ave.
Admission: A bag of nonperishable food items.
Information: Call 352-870-5481.

More than 50 residents from almost 20 churches in Gainesville and surrounding areas will participate in the 90-minute production that will be held at 6 p.m. March 29 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church at 2505 NE 8th Ave. The price of admission will be one bag of nonperishable food items, which will be given to needy families in the community.

Joy Banks, founder of 4 Him Alone, will be producing the event, which will be similar to a cantata and will feature singing and re-enactments of popular biblical events.

"We will cover chronological events in the life of Christ from the actual prophecy of the coming of the Messiah all the way to the ascension of the Messiah after the crucifixion," said Banks, adding that she produced a smaller version of the production about two years ago at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Gainesville.

She said the church was packed for that performance, which ended with people encouraging her to take the production to different churches. She said the goal of the production is to "unite people in the faith and civic community to come together to" assist needy families who need food.

She said one participant, Kermit Hughes, will be traveling to the area from his home in New Jersey with his wife so he can play the part of one of the disciples. Hughes, who has homes in West Orange, N.J. and Ocala, said he is excited about being a part of the production because it involves people from different churches who are coming together to spread the word about Jesus Christ.

"One of the things that made me want to be a part of it was when she told me she was trying to pull people from different churches to participate in telling the story about Jesus Christ," said Hughes, who attends Bethel Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gainesville when he lives in Ocala. "That is the main thing, and I think it is good that people from different churches are doing something to benefit the community and minister to people."

Darryl Williams of Gateway Christian Center, who will portray Jesus, and Sharon Burney of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, who will portray Mary, echoed the sentiments of Hughes.

"I just think this is a good thing to do in the community and we will be telling a good story," Williams said. "It is always good to minister the word of God to people."

Burney said she was a part of the smaller production held at Mount Carmel and is glad to be a part of the production again.

"It is always good to minister to people about the life of Christ," she said. "I think this brings it home better for people than just reading about it."

Banks said she and others began working on putting the production together in November 2011 and rehearsals began last December.

"I believe in doing everything with excellence and all these people who are participating believe in the same thing," Banks said. "I don't believe in throwing something together at the last minute because my belief is when we go to God and ask him about something, we expect a 100 percent answer, so when I'm giving him something, I give him my best."

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