Praise in the Park

Pres­bytery are stag­ing huge fes­ti­val this Satur­day

Hamilton Advertiser - - ON THE BEAT - Shirley Bar­tynek

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

Liz Black­man

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

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