The team from Lisburn Baptist Church with the Amazing Journey presentation: Victor Watson, Robin Fields, John Baird, David Williamson, Ruth Kearney, Cathy Adams, Linda Frazer, Margaret Morrison, Stephen Wright, Maike Hoffmann, Yvette Thompson, Hannah Bott, Gillian Lonsdale, Helen McBride.
A TEAM from the local Baptist Church in Longstone Street has been supporting Rachel Kelly as she visited a different local primary school each day last week to bring them The Amazing Journey.
Children from Central, St Aloysius, Tonagh, St Josephs and Brownlee all had a chance to meet the giant Goliath face to face along with other Bible characters like Noah, Mary, and an Egyptian Princess.
It was all part of the Amazing Journey, a presentation organised and run by Baptist Youth. Each child attending receives an attractive free pack as a reminder of their 'journey' to Bible Times.
Mrs Rachel Kelly, one of their workers and a Lisburn resident, travels to schools throughout the year with the performance.
As the Amazing Journey coordinator she says: "It's a privilege for me to share the wonderful message of the Bible with many boys and girls throughout Northern Ireland. The interactive nature of the presentation meets with today's curriculum requirements; principals and teachers appreciate it; and the children love to take part."
Jim Ferguson, a local gospel singer, heads up the team of 20 different volunteers from Lisburn Baptist church. He says, 'As a retired teacher I must say how grateful we are to local principals for affording the opportunity to host the presentation across the community."
A number of church ladies prepare 'Bible Times food' such as pineapple, grape, raisin, unleavened bread, apple, fig and date. In this way each child experiences the taste of Middle East.
John Baird, who played Noah, says the Bible just seems 'to come alive" for the children. "I can see it in their faces." When he tells them about his "big boat, the ark" he said, "I can see their eyes lighting up".
Yvette Thompson plays Mary and finds the children very "attentive". When they each dress up as a Bible character afterwards "it gives them a great idea what people wore in Bible times," Yvette says.
One highlight of this week was the help given by two German girls who have joined the Amazing Journey team. Cathy Adams from Dromore plays the young Egyptian princess whom God used to rescue Moses from her father's death decree. She sums up how she feels about the Amazing Journey presentation: "It gives the children a very positive experience of God, Jesus and the Bible," Cathy believes.
In total around 1,200 children travelled 'travelling' on the Amazing Journey to Bible Times last week.
Cathy Adams as the Egyptian Princess.
Yvette Thompson as Mary.
German visitors Hannah Bott and Maike Hofmann