Through creative and contemporary means we are committed to “Publish the name of the Lord!”
A major expression of creative means at Abundant Grace is the performing arts. We use the power of musical and dramatic theater to serve Christ, inspire believers, educate participants, and take “the light” to the community.
The original production Many Thousand Gone has not only taken the Abundant Grace Stage, but has touched academia and communities. Invited to the University of Memphis Rose Theatre, and taking the show on the road, touring in Missouri and Illinois, the performances were endorsed by critics and celebrated by audiences as “passionate, gripping and spirited.”
When Memphis basked in the limelight of international atten-tion brought by “Rumble on the River, the Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson Title Fight,” we seized the moment and part-nered with the City of Memphis to present “Righteous on the River Gospel Music Revue.” This production brought visitors from as far away as the United Kingdom.
When we witnessed a disturbing trend of increased crimes against children, we presented “We Are the Church.” This vignette, presented like a human video, touched a sensitive nerve within all of us concerning the misuse and abuse of children. Using drama, we ministered both hope and healing. The response was overwhelming.
We partnered with the City of Memphis to present a Summer Performing Arts Program for at-risk youth. Involvement in the arts is one avenue by which at-risk youth can acquire the various competencies necessary to become economically self-sufficient over the long term. The arts contribute to lower recidivism rates; increased self-esteem; the acquisition of job skills; and the development of much needed creative thinking, problem solving and communications skills. This program culminated with the presentation of the original hip-hop drama, The Letter.
Through Acting on HOPE, we received a grant to use the performing arts to teach pregnancy prevention. Our efforts to educate through drama have also been recognized by the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office.
The power of drama is also used to present the gospel on Sundays. More effective than just the spoken word, drama magnifies the message and imprints it on the memory with images and emotions. Some of the favorite illustrated sermons are Changing Rooms and Phone Booths, Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone, and The Wounded Healer.
If you love the performing arts, and want to glorify God with your talent and with a high standard of artistic excellence, Abundant Grace is the place for you.