From the heart: Methodists retell birth of Christ in original drama
by By Virginia Reed
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With the play, ‘Treasures of the Heart,’ the sanctuary at the church on Bells Ferry Road is expected to look a bit more like Bethlehem than Canton, as the congregation takes in the Christmas season. <br> Special to the Tribune
With the play, ‘Treasures of the Heart,’ the sanctuary at the church on Bells Ferry Road is expected to look a bit more like Bethlehem than Canton, as the congregation takes in the Christmas season.
Special to the Tribune
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Sixes United Methodist Church in Canton on Dec. 15 is hosting a performance of an original play re-enacting the story of Jesus Christ’s birth.
Sixes United Methodist Church in Canton on Dec. 15 is hosting a performance of an original play re-enacting the story of Jesus Christ’s birth.
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CANTON — Sixes United Methodist Church in Canton is honoring the Christmas season with a performance of an original play retelling the story of the birth of Jesus during its worship services on Dec . 15.

“Treasures of the Heart” is a work of fiction that has been woven into the familiar framework of the Christmas story found in the writings of the book of Luke, particularly chapter 2, verses 18 and 19: “All who heard the shepherds’ story expressed astonishment, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and often thought about them.”

The drama was written and directed by Carmel Hearn, who has previously completed other Christian works for Drama Ministry magazine and is a member of Sixes United Methodist. She is an award-winning video writer and producer and feature article writer.

Along with Hearn’s writing, the production will feature musical selections presented by the church’s worship choir, directed by Suzanne Brooks.

Dr. Joe McKechnie, lead pastor at Sixes United Methodist, said “Treasures of the Heart” has something for everyone.

“The play is humorous, but also very poignant,” he said. “(Hearn) keeps everything very interesting. She has done a good job of capturing the play.”

Hearn is from the Savannah area, where she lives today with her family, but has been a member of Sixes United Methodist since 1998.

In her latest play, Hearn said she wanted to convey the events related to the nativity that included the perspective of others who may have been present during the birth of Jesus Christ.

“It is based very solidly on the book of Luke,” she said. “We have embellished it in several ways, however, to include details that may have happened.”

The added details aim to give more of a backstory to the traditional Christmas version.

“In the play, we add that someone else may have been there, a fictional character named Simon,” Hearn said. “Simon does not believe the baby being born is special, but years later, he becomes a leper. Jesus heals Simon, and at that point, he realizes Jesus is the son of God.”

The story mirrors the experience of arriving at faith within Christianity, and the idea that some who do not believe eventually reach understanding through the acceptance of God’s love.

“His gift to us is enormous,” Hearn said. “He just wants our hearts and love.”

And in the play, Simon eventually gives the gift of love back to Christ, Hearn said.

The play is meant to convey that Christians need not supply material offerings to God, because love is all He asks in return.

“Treasures of the Heart” will run from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be a free event open to the public.

Sixes United Methodist Church is at 8385 Bells Ferry Road. For more information, contact the church office at (770) 345-7644.

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