Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: Something different

If ever we doubted that the churches in Eastbourne were not relying completely on their traditional once-a-week worship services to reach out to their neighbours but were starting to do things ‘a bit different’, then here is yet more proof!

First, news of the latest series of Prayer Walks on Wednesday afternoons in March. Linda Owen, co-ordinator, says: “Come and join us in the Hampden Park area. We believe God will hear and answer our prayers as we pray for our communities. Ring 725231 for more information.”

Second, publicity about another out-of-the-ordinary church production.

The All Saints’Players are delighted to announce that they have been awarded the rights to perform a special 40th anniversary presentation of Stephen Schwartz’s sensational musical Godspell. First performed in 1971, Godspell has gone on to become one of the world’s favourites. It is fast – moving, it has tremendous pop / jazz / gospel songs and is very funny.

The local production will be set in a modern-day night club. The show revolves around a group of young men and women who are drawn to the teachings of an intriguing and enigmatic stranger.

There are vibrant re-workings of Jesus’ parables, and the story finishes with the group’s leader being wrongfully convicted and crucified. The show is wonderfully fresh and a delight to perform.

Godspell was Schwartz’s first international hit, and he has since gone on to be a top theatrical writer.

Julian Dale is the producer and director, with the All Saints’ Youth Team, choreography by Debbie Hackett (Trapdoor and Rattonians), musical direction by David Churchyard, lighting and sound by Chris Prescott. It features 30 young actors from All Saints’ and other churches.

Eastbourne College Theatre is the venue; the dates are Friday 25th February at 7 pm and Saturday 26th at 2.30 and 7 pm. Tickets are £5 and available on the door.

Two totally different areas of outreach, then, but linking in with the apostle Paul’s philosophy (1 Corinthians 9, 22-23): “I am ready to be adaptable and to use every possible means to influence people so that at least some will be saved. I act like this for the sake of the gospel, for it blesses me to see others receive Christ.”