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Artists point to Creator in fringe festival

When local artists exhibited in the Chapel Royal for the Brighton Fringe Festival last month, they included a note about their creative journey inspired by God ...

When local artists exhibited in the Chapel Royal for the Brighton Fringe Festival last month, they included a note about their creative journey inspired by God.

Outreach to complement this event attended by some 400 visitors led others on a journey to Jesus.

“The Fringe outreach was headed up by OAC Ministries (Open Air Campaigners),” explain David and Alice Fanstone, “yet teams from several churches and young people’s groups as well as those of us from OAC all participated.”

Outreach in the nearby precinct aimed to attract passers-by and encourage them to visit the Chapel Royal. Creative evangelism included music, drama, painting and innovative object lessons such as a ‘story band’ geared to families.

Students performing drama and music (pictured above) drew large crowds. Two young women acting as puppets were ‘controlled’ by a young man with strings. Another student then portrayed Jesus who called them. These dramatic sketches were complemented by OAC Evangelist John Heywood who gave brief messages.

His demonstrations included a colourful ‘chain’ to creatively demonstrate spiritual bondage and freedom.

“I was privileged to be at the Brighton Fringe Festival for two days!” he notes. “Conducting evangelism with the teams there was unusual for me, as it was away from my home patch. The Bible students helped tremendously. At least two people came to faith then, possibly another two as well.”

Teamwork ranging from young people to senior citizens enabled a distribution of more than 70 New Testaments and other Christian literature. Details of churches will allow enquirers to be in touch for those who also want their journey to lead them to Jesus.

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