Praise in the Park
Presbytery are staging huge festival this Saturday
Strathclyde Park will once again be transformed into a festival venue this weekend.
Praise in the Park is an event sponsored by Hamilton Presbytery of the Church of Scotland.
It aims to showcase what is good and new in the church and will run this Saturday, from 1pm to 5pm near to the watersports centre.
There will be a mix of music and theatre including another performance of Hamilton’s popular Passion Play which was staged in the town centre on Easter Sunday.
More than 1000 visitors turned out to watch the Resurrection being performed in Hamilton’s Town Square.
Liz Blackman, who produced and directed the Passion Play, said: “If you missed the Passion Play, then now is your opportunity to get a flavour of what took place.
“The company, drawn from the local community, will re-enact the Last Supper scene, where Jesus together with the disciples shared his final meal.
“We chose this scene because the image is iconic and needs no introduction – whilst also sharing a message of how we should serve each other.
“Most of the original cast will be reunited to portray Jesus and his 12 disciples.”
Praise in the Park is being likened to the annual Heart and Soul event held in Edinburgh, and it aims to showcase the church, but with a west coast feel.
Liz added: “It is intended to celebrate what is being done, open minds and hearts to what might be possible in different contexts, and help people to re-connect with faith issues.
“It has been sponsored by Hamilton Presbytery of the Church of Scotland, but is open to people of all faiths and none.”
The event will open with entertainment from Fischy Music, wellknown to schools up and down the land for their upbeat and affirming music and lyrics.
Liz said: “If you have school-age children, they are likely to know some of their best-loved hits. Fischy Music will also be running some music workshops later in the afternoon – your opportunity to have a go with the pros.
“Next will be the excerpt of the Passion Play, a very different form of education and worship suited to active learning styles.
“Messy Church taster sessions will also be available. This form of church is designed for young families and supports them to have a better grasp of the Bible stories, that underpin Scottish culture, through crafts and activities. Why not come along and see what is being done around the county?
“As well as the acts on the main stage there will be a series of stalls displaying what is going on in churches and through community partnerships. It is a real opportunity to explore different faith expressions.”
Messy Church taster sessions will also be available
Passion play The event will be moving from Hamilton town centre to Strathclyde Park
Powerful The Easter play was viewed by 1000 people in Hamilton
Greatest story ever toldnicholas Elliot as Jesus