Experience Maundy Thursday in Downtown Knoxville with a Dramatic Presentation of the Easter Story


KNOXVILLE –- As Christians across the globe are preparing for Easter, one local church is opening its doors to see the Easter story in action. If you’ve ever wondered what it might have been like to see the stories of the Bible told and retold over the first few decades of Christian history, First Baptist Church in downtown Knoxville makes it possible. The arc of the story, the drama of the plot, and the inflection of the storyteller will be in full play on Maundy Thursday, April 5, when Dr. Bill Shiell takes the stage to perform the Gospel of Mark in a multi-sensory setting.
 
The Gospel of Mark is the most swift and raw of the four Gospels, but it captures the last week of the life of Jesus in vivid detail, which illustrates the Easter story particularly well. The Gospels and many other books of the Bible were originally told and retold audibly, for people to hear and experience in a group setting.
 
During the performance, titled “The Beginning of Good News: A Performance of the Gospel of Mark,” the audience will take part in the Gospel of Mark at various stages of the last days of Jesus’ life. This performance of Mark will engage not only the senses of hearing and seeing, but also the senses of smelling, touching, and tasting to help the audience connect with the Easter story. 
 
A gifted orator, Dr. Bill Shiell knows well the storytelling aspect of this performance, as his most recent book entitled Delivering from Memory: the Effect of Performance on the Early Christian Audience was written on this very topic.
 
This will be a unique opportunity to observe and celebrate the Easter season. The community is invited to participate in the performance at First Baptist Church of Knoxville, 510 West Main Street, in downtown Knoxville at 6:30 PM on Maundy Thursday, April 5.
 
A dinner will be served in Trentham Hall, on the campus of First Baptist, before the performance for only $6. Childcare is provided for this event through the church nursery. 

For more information about this Maundy Thursday event, please contact the church at             (865) 546-9661       or visit www.fbcknox.org.


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