‘Pageant of the Parables’ to delight and persuade at Guilford Community Park on Aug. 5

GUILFORD — An original Guilford Community Church production of drama, music, and dance, The Pageant of the Parables, will be performed by local talent on Saturday, Aug. 5, in the Guilford Community Park Pavilion at 7 p.m.

A parable is a short and user-friendly story in which Jesus illustrated simple truths about life. "Ours is a faith that is based on stories," explained Guilford Community Church pastor, the Rev. Elisa Lucozzi, in a news release. "One of the primary ways Jesus taught about faith and God's love for us was by using relatable metaphors. The parable of the Good Samaritan and the parable of the Prodigal Son are two of the most well-known examples of the many parables attributed to Jesus."

By some count, Jesus gave 30 to 50 parables or stories that take something unclear or unpersuasive and make them more relatable and therefore offer a deeper understanding. "We're pleased to be presenting five of these to the community in an engaged and creative way," Lucozzi said.

Pageant Director Sue Owings, together with other church members, has nursed this vision since the pandemic, even before the pavilion was erected. "We thought it would be a great way to offer the community a fun, summer evening, outdoor entertainment for people of all ages," said Owings.

Tickets will only be available at the door with a suggested donation of $10–$20. Children under 12 are free, accompanied by an adult. Light refreshments will be available. All proceeds from the play benefit the church, which is handicapped accessible and actively supports numerous local programs and organizations serving the wider community.

For more information, contact the church office at 802-257-0994 or [email protected].

This piece was submitted to The Commons.

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