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FBC Winfield holds youth drama festivalcomment (0)

May 28, 2009

By Darla Brantley

Drama ministries are important parts of many Alabama Baptist churches and First Baptist Church, Winfield, is encouraging local youth to use their creative talents in worship. The Marion Baptist Association church held a youth drama festival in April to share ideas and build support and excitement among area students.

The festival was organized by Joyce Ballew, wife of First, Winfield, pastor Charles A. Ballew, and more than 110 people represented by six area churches attended the event. The festival featured drama techniques such as interpretive movement, skits, stick dramas and sign language.

“I actually borrowed the idea,” Ballew explained. “A couple of years ago I became aware of how another denomination offered their high school students an opportunity to participate in a festival that permitted them to share their God-given talents through various methods. I witnessed a gathering of thousands of teens for this event and I thought it was a wonderful idea,” she said.

While the Winfield event was not as extensive, Ballew was pleased with the outcome.

“God has given our teens many talents and they need to be encouraged to use these talents for Him,” she said. “This event was an opportunity to share with others outside their home church and it gave each group an opportunity to see different kinds of creative worship.”

And the response couldn’t have been more positive.

Winfield resident Kim McDaniel, who helps her husband Kevin lead the youth ministry at Lamar Association’s Union Chapel Baptist Church, Beaverton, agreed. “We really enjoyed it and we need to do these every month,” she said, laughing. “The world has so much to offer and we need more events like these for our youth,” she said.

McDaniel has also discovered how some aspects of drama ministry, such as sign language and interpretive movement, appeal to more reserved students. “It gives kids an opportunity to express their feelings and desire to worship without speaking or singing solos,” she said.

Kelsey Holdbrooks, student and member of First, Winfield, often takes part in the church’s drama ministry, which she feels is a needed way to share Christ.

“Drama ministry is important because it is a great tool to reach out to others and it is a way for youth to use their talents for the Lord,” she said.

Ballew plans to hold more events like this in the future. “Everyone involved felt like it was very successful, a great learning experience and an encouragement to our teens. Everyone is anxious to do this again.”

Ballew believes strongly in the potential impact of a drama ministry.

“Jesus used storytelling and parables in His teaching and these are a form of drama,” she said. “It is a visual presentation on a certain subject that may be able to minister to someone in a way nothing else can.”

Other churches represented at the festival were First Baptist Church, Hackleburg; Kemp Chapel Baptist Church, Hamilton; First Baptist Church, Gu-Win; and South Hamilton Baptist Church, Hamilton.

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