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I love how the runner is passing all the signs this world is putting up in search of something better.  And the look of unbridled joy once he’s found Jesus and been converted is awesome.

 

 

Backyard Plays and Backstage Secrets Pt. 2 – Drama Team Calvary Temple Sterling VA

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

The process of putting on a play is very involved.  First we need to define the Biblical principles from the recent teachings that we want to cover.  Then we need a story to wrap them in.  Coming up with a story usually begins with Rich pitching a super hero parody which will be immediately rejected.  Then moves into shooting each others various ideas down for a couple of weeks.  Finally, an idea takes off that causes the group to laugh hysterically and we know we have our story.

The next phase is the script.  Here is where the prayer begins.  The writing team usually has a rough draft ready in a week or two.  Then we sit down for table reads.  Since the drama team acts up so badly during table reads we usually get a few good jokes to add to the final script over these next couple of weeks of meetings.

Once the script is finalized we pass out parts, begin building sets, collecting props and costumes, and memorizing lines.  Sometimes you have a LOT of lines to memorize.  An hour long play is about thirty pages of script.  If you’re the lead you have a lot of work ahead of you.  Work that’s done in your own free time.

Guided by the Force

Our Production of Guided by the Force

Five weeks before the production we begin blocking out.  Blocking out is the process of figuring out your actions and placement on stage.  Without blocking out everyone would just stand around and say lines.  Our stage was not designed for theater.  It’s very wide but shallow so it is a huge difficulty to put on a proper play with so little space to move around in.

Three weeks before the production we have technical rehearsals where we go off book and begin working with props.  Going off book means you should have your lines completely memorized – no more script – and you’re moving around on stage acting our your scenes.

One week before production is our dress rehearsal week.  This is where everything is complete.  Lines are memorized, backdrops are finished, the set is built, the props are ready, the costumes are finished.  Everyone knows what they’re doing.  Anyone on the drama team who might be reading this right now is rolling on the floor laughing.  The point of dress rehearsal is to practice the play until it is muscle memory.  Our dress rehearsals are usually disasters where we discover what is broken, doesn’t fit and isn’t memorized.  Because our Sanctuary is open for prayer every night until nine pm our dress rehearsals begin late and often go after eleven pm.

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Opening Night

Sunday afternoon is our matinée performance/final dress rehearsal where we invite the ministry workers who can not attend that night to watch.  It usually goes very badly.  But then God shows up.  Time and time again we are amazed at how gracious our Heavenly Father is to give us abilities we didn’t have an hour earlier.  We pray for His anointing on the script, our acting, the audience, even the YouTube video that reaches the Body of Christ universal.  Our greatest blessing is getting just one good report that someone’s life was touched by the message.  That’s why we do it in the first place.

Here is the production of our most requested script – Ghosts of Christmas Past.  Our “ghosts” are from past (and one future) skit so our audience has seen these characters before.

And now Backstage Secrets Pt. 2

We built a replica of a DeLorean for a play titled Back to the Bible. Some of the pieces are actual DeLorean parts.  This isn’t really a secret as much as I just want to brag about it.

DeLorean back

 Many times we’re backstage listening to the audience reaction waiting for certain moments in the script we know are funny.

Sometimes the actors will change their lines during a performance just to make each other laugh.

I designed the backdrops to fit my height and later realized everyone else was an Amazon!  I had to add  another foot to the frame to cut down on the audience seeing everyone’s heads.

 Props have been broken backstage and quickly duct taped or substituted.  The actor usually finds out when they go onstage and have to act like nothing is different.

Sometimes the actors lines are written on their props.

Many times the poking fun of characters within a story is actually us making fun of each other in real life.  The moral of the story is: watch what you complain about in rehearsals.

We built a DeLorean, man!

DeLorean inside

We used a giant marshmallow instead of a rock for David and Goliath because we didn’t want to hurt anyone.  Only we never swapped out the marshmallow during all the rehearsals.  By the time we performed the skit it was so hard left a welt on Goliath’s head.

A couple of the actors can do impressions and will often morph in and out of various celebrities and even other drama team members as they say their lines in rehearsals.

 One dress rehearsal fell on April fools day and the drama team acted like they didn’t know any of their lines just to trick me.  It worked.

 We find it hilarious to hear the audience laughing at things that aren’t supposed to be jokes.  We look at each other backstage like “what in the world?”

We wrote an entire musical about relationships that has never been performed.

Once i had to blow up like Violet the Blueberry from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Everyone asks how we did it.  That will just have to stay a secret.

If you have any questions about the skit team or our skits please leave me a comment below.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

Evangelism Video Saturday – Give Me Your Eyes

The Last Roundup – Calvary Temple Nursing Home Ministry

I’ve been a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling VA for over 25 years now.  We are passionate about reaching the lost and encouraging the Believers in our community.  We have many Events throughout the year to spread the Gospel.  I hope you find the following story to be a blessing.

Before my father was born again he played the piano in a jazz band. He played mostly weddings, parties and nightclubs. I remember being eight and screaming out, “Play Watermelon Man!” over and over at one of his gigs until he finally played it. I think that was the last nightclub appearance I was allowed to make.

Amazing Grace

Dad playing in a club on a cruise ship

After he was saved he traded in his powder blue tux and became the church pianist and choir director. When he played Amazing Grace people would often ask him “Where did you learn to play the piano? You didn’t learn to play like that in a church.” He would just flash a smile. Even more than he loved to entertain he loved to minister to people. One of our activities every Sunday after morning church was Nursing Home Visitation. I was forced to had the pleasure of singing the old hymns to the residents. I could sing back then. In the Garden. Blessed Assurance. Victory in Jesus. I was also everyone’s granddaughter. Literally. Bless their hearts, many of them lived in some form of confusion.

That confusion can make nursing home ministry especially difficult. Alzheimer’s, senility, normal aging. Sometimes you bring the gospel week after week in faith and nothing seems to be getting in. But every once in a while the Holy Spirit cracks open the door and the lights come on.

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Tall Oaks Assisted Living

Calvary Temple has been visiting some of the Northern Virginia area Assisted Living facilities for more than twenty years now. More than thirty volunteers minister at the Tall Oaks Home in Reston, VA doing chapel services on Sundays and Bible studies twice a week. The residents love to have visits from children so when Mark and Shelly go to have Bible study they take the kids with them. On a recent visit they had an especially exciting night and the “lights came on” for one of their ladies.

Before you can have a Bible Study you have to round up the residents. Satan knows he has most of these people right where he wants them and he’s not willing to let them go. He has dissenters who try to prevent the others from attending. They may not even know why they’re doing it. On this special night the ladies who are usually persuaded by the dissenters to skip Bible study were determined.

“No. I think I do want to go to Bible Study tonight.” Mrs. H was especially confused and kept trying to find her mother to ask permission to attend.  Praise God the nurse told her she knew it was okay and she should go hear about Jesus. God has His people planted too!

Mark had one of his children read Acts 2, and as he was reading Mark felt very impressed to emphasize that Jesus gives us the victory over death.  Death has no sting when Jesus is Lord and Savior.  Mrs. H became very coherent and said, “it is amazing, what a wonderful thing!”  Mark asked her if she had ever asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior.  She said that she had always had faith in Him, and asked Him for things, but that no one had ever explained all of this to her.

Mrs. H asked Mark and Shelly to pray with her and that night she gave her heart to the Lord.  A new life in Jesus right at the finish line. Nursing Home Ministry is a labor of love and an act of faith.  But nights like these you are so thankful the Lord allows you to be a part of something so special.

About Calvary Temple

Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.

Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.

Visit Calvary Temple online on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Instagram

What is Happening at Calvary Temple in Sterling VA?

A Christian has two prime responsibilities in the Word of God.

  • To build up and encourage the members of the church.
  • To share the gospel with the Lost.

Jesus’ final words to the church as recorded in Matthew 28:19-20 were to go into all the world and share the gospel and make disciples.  There are many ways to share the gospel but only one message.  God sent his only Son to die on a cross for the sins of mankind so that by believing in Him we could be forgiven and have a relationship with God for eternity.

I’m a member of Calvary Temple Church in Sterling, Virginia under Pastor Star Scott.  It’s a lot like going to a family reunion several times a week.  Everyone knows everyone, they can’t wait to hear all about whatever is going on in your life, and you are all bonded by the same blood.  And just like a real family we can get on each other’s nerves and have disagreements – but that’s a topic for another day.  One thing we can all agree on:

Jesus has changed our lives for good. 

He’s given us hope, joy and peace.  And we want others to know that His love is for them too.  I know what it’s like to be lost and I know what it’s like to be found.  Found is better.  Found is no more fear.  Found is no more loneliness.  Found is peace in the middle of life’s most painful trials.

We are blessed that Pastor Scott has a burden to reach lost and hurting people who need Jesus.  As a congregation we share that burden and pray for opportunities to minister to our friends, neighbors and coworkers as well as the lonely, the broken, and forgotten members of society.  We have made it a priority at Calvary Temple to reach out with love to our whole community.  Even people who think they have everything still need Jesus. 

Over the course of the coming months I am going to introduce you to many of the programs and outreaches we have going on here in my church.

Our members are always coming up with new ways to spread the gospel and share the Love of Jesus.  I am confident that the testimonies and praise reports will bless and encourage you.

If you haven’t yet discovered the Love of Jesus for yourself, let us know so we can pray for you.  Reply to me below if you want to talk to someone about this whole Christianity thing and what it’s all about.

There is nothing we like more than telling people about how great our God is.