INCenterstage Gives Access to Benefits of Performing Arts
INCenterstage theatrical plays in the United Kingdom and California; responding to recent mass shootings and attacks on churches; INC grows in Alberta, Canada.Show/Hide Transcript
HOST: This week on INC News World, the INCenterstage premiere performance of “Who Am I?” in the United Kingdom; and the INCenterstage premiere performance of “Battalion” in Orange County, California; see what’s the latest excitement in Okotoks and Three Hills, Alberta. Your INC News World starts now.
HOST: Welcome to INC News World I’m Richie Ferrera coming to you from the INC Media Studios in Los Angeles, California. For young people who are shy—it might seem counterintuitive to push them to participate in performing arts. But, performing arts can help kids to overcome anxieties.
HOST: By going on stage, giving a successful performance and receiving positive feedback, kids will be provided with reassurance, and as a result will be more likely to believe in themselves into the future.
HOST: In the United Kingdom, let’s catch up to a woman who sees the brightest future for her cast and crew. Thirdy Magsino has the details.
THIRDY MAGSINO: On the outside – it was another summer day in Camberwell. But inside the Lighthouse Theatre, it was a hustle and bustle of excitement, the culmination of weeks of hard work from volunteers like Allison.
ALLISON ALICURAN (INCENTERSTAGE CREW): Starting from the script, doing auditions, trying to find the crews for each element of the theatrical play.
THIRDY MAGSINO: The theatrical play, a production of INCenterstage, an international project of the Church Of Christ centered around theatrical performances with Christian storylines, gathered together a unique cast and crew.
ALLISON ALICURAN (INCENTERSTAGE CREW): A lot of the participants are the youth of the Church. A lot of them have, from the beginning, were very shy. So getting them out of their shell, trying to help them to utilize their skills that they didn’t really realise that they had. If we saw them from the beginning, some of them didn’t even talk, some of them didn’t even talk to each other, they didn’t know each other. So it was really a great way for them to find out who they are, what their skills are and to meet new people.
THIRDY MAGSINO: Finding themselves is also rooted in the storyline of the stage play itself, entitled “Who Am I” – written by Allison herself.
ALLISON ALICURAN (SCRIPTWRITER – “WHO AM I?”):‘Who Am I?’ is a Christian based story. It’s following a young lady who doesn’t know who she is, and she goes about life, you know, a career, education and doesn’t know that there is more to life until she is introduced to the Church.
BROTHER GLENN GOMEZ (DISTRICT SUPERVISING MINISTER): It showcases all of the talents of the brethren and through the stage play that was conducted, we also presented the importance of joining the Church Of Christ, the importance of
knowing the truth, knowing which Church is the true Church.
LORDWIN SORIAN (GUEST – LONDON): I found the play very eye-opening for myself, I guess. Because it made me see – I should not go down that route even how low I get. The youth are trying to take shortcuts in life to make some easy money and that. So, I guess, try not to turn to the evil side.
THIRDY MAGSINO: Smiles and laughter, love and friendship—as these teens and young adults grew closer, there’s nothing more a writer and director could ask for in their cast and crew.
ALLISON ALICURAN (SCRIPTWRITER & DIRECTOR – “WHO AM I?”): I love the Church, I love my faith and to help others, because it’s not just about me, it’s about those who participated today, to motivate them to perform a duty that they didn’t have before, I did feel very happy. I felt that throughout this whole journey, our Lord God was with us. I’m so thankful to the Church Administration, for holding events like this because through events like this, you know, it brings all of us together.
THIRDY MAGSINO: Among the congregations here in the United Kingdom, at any given time there are events to strengthen the family and the individual, to bring us each closer to God. To see more INCenterstage productions, stay tuned to future episodes of INC News World on incmedia.org. Thirdy Magsino, Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; London, England.
HOST: Working effectively in a team is essential to achieving success and requires teamwork. And there is one factor that a team needs to have.
HOST: At its most basic, teamwork is a sense of unity. It’s an enthusiasm that a group of people shares for their common interests and responsibilities.
HOST We head over to Orange County, California where the Church Of Christ members showcased a special kind of unity, creating a special moment. Rey Geminiano II has the details.
JULIOUS WRIGHT: I loved it. I mean, there from beginning to end. I mean, you have a great cast around you, great crew. Everyone supporting you. Yeah, just a good feeling.
REY GEMINIANO II: Julious Wright was able to experience being part of a stage play. For him and members of the Church Of Christ, the play meant something more than a night of entertainment.
JEPER FERNANDEZ: This is for the glory of God and we can’t forget about that.
CARLA LUANSING: We’re very fortunate to be allowed to do this. I think that’s a really cool and awesome way to celebrate the 105th anniversary.
REY GEMINIANO II: The INCenterstage, is a one act stage play that upholds Christian values. Brethren from different Local Congregations in the District of Orange County came together to create and produce their first original stage play as a newly established [Ecclesiastical] District, called “Battalion” as part of the 105th anniversary of the Church Of Christ.
CRISETTE FACAL: From young to old, it shows the unity of the brethren. How we’re able to produce an original play like this. For the entire play what’s amazing about it is that it can touch even the young ones, even the single ones and the married couple.
REY GEMINIANO II: Touching the hearts from the performers to the audience.
JEPER FERNANDEZ: We have opportunities to come together such as this, you know that it’s not even friendship, it’s the brotherhood. It’s all unity. We can easily witness and be amazed by what the Church has provided for each of us such as this moment right here.
JEPER FERNANDEZ: And the Church Administration wants us to see that. And even though they’re physically not here, they use this as an extension of the gratitude towards each of us and that we know what to do, we know what’s right. And that is to support each other until the very end. And this is awesome, able to show our love and affection to each other. And this is part of the love and affection that the Church Administration shows to us throughout this screenplay.
REY GEMINIANO II: And for Julious, that’s exactly what he felt and has helped him realize something important.
JULIOUS WRIGHT: And if you’re not in a church, there’s always a place for you here. So there’s always a home. There’s a place for you here, just come here and stay here. There’s a place for you.
REY GEMINIANO II: These activities bring brethren together for one purpose. To thank God for the blessings that we constantly receive. To learn more about the teachings inside the Church Of Christ log onto incmedia.org and find a Local Congregation near you to speak to a Minister of the Gospel. From Anaheim, California, I’m Brother Rey Geminiano II for the Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network.
HOST: We return to Alberta, Canada, where the population in the westernmost province of Canada continues to grow. But with the increase in population, a dramatic increase in churches closing is also evident in Canada.
HOST: A national charity that works to save old buildings estimates that 9,000 churches in Canada will be lost in the next decade.
ZANDRHEA DE GUZMAN: The small town of Three Hills, Alberta, is roughly 132 km north of Calgary. With an approximate population of 3200 residents. Members of the Church Of Christ living in this area would travel an hour and thirty minutes to and from Three Hills just to be able to attend the worship service. But the growth of the Church in this part of the world is what caught Cody’s attention.
CODY MAKI (DOCTRINAL INSTRUCTEE – THREE HILLS, ALBERTA): I’m amazed with how the Church is. I see lots of other churches shutting down in other religions and ours is just growing and growing.
ZANDRHEA DE GUZMAN: Cody was introduced to the Church through a friend that invited him to hear and learn about the teachings of the Church Of Christ.
CODY MAKI (DOCTRINAL INSTRUCTEE – THREE HILLS, ALBERTA): I was introduced to Christianity but I wasn’t really taught or shown anything. Actually, they teach me from start to finish, throughout my bible studies. So, I’m learning the Bible. So, it’s more in-depth. I just wanted to know more about the Church.
ZANDRHEA DE GUZMAN: And this connection is what sparked Cody’s heart and inspired him to keep learning about the Church Of Christ. Even being part of this special occasion showed him that distance didn’t stop the members in Calgary from performing their duties.
CODY MAKI (DOCTRINAL INSTRUCTEE – THREE HILLS, ALBERTA): I feel connected and grounded when I come to any worship. And today it was great cause there’s people from all different areas, different locals.
BROTHER DALE VARGAS (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): Even though Three Hills is about an hour’s drive away from the nearest local, they made a way to be here.
ZANDRHEA DE GUZMAN: One day prior to the establishment of Three Hills, the district of Calgary held the inauguration of Okotoks group worship service located in south of Calgary.
COLLINS BARBOSA (INC MEMBER – OKOTOKS, CALGARY): I’m happy because there are many group worship services being established and ours became a full-fledged local congregation in our district. This means that the Church is growing and spreading.
BROTHER DALE VARGAS (MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL): It’s very exciting for the brethren and our whole district. Many of them have been travelling many miles for many years to the house of worship and we want to also show our appreciation and we also feel their sacrifice in driving many miles just for being here.
ZANDRHEA DE GUZMAN: The Inaugural Worship Services of Okotoks and Three Hills mark the third and fourth out of the ten newly established group worship services and locals in commemoration of the ten years of Brother Eduardo V. Manalo as Executive Minister of the Church Of Christ and these victories continue to be evident through the help of God in Alberta, Canada. To find more stories of the inaugural worship services happening in Canada log onto incmedia.org for the latest news. I’m Zandrhea De Guzman for Iglesia Ni Cristo News Network; Three Hills, Alberta, Canada.
HOST: Now it’s time for the segment where we celebrate your milestones, “Solid Through The Ages.”
HOST: The entire INC News World team would like to greet Grace Veldespinosa Victoria Mendoza a happy birthday! She celebrates 81 years this year and has been remaining active in her duty as a deaconess for more than 60 years. She says this about her faith: “As long as my mind is clear and my legs keep me walking, I will continue to be a deaconess as long as I live.” If you see her in the Local Congregation of Mississauga East, don’t forget to greet her! And if you know anyone celebrating a milestone birthday let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Solid Through the Ages’.
HOST: Here’s what’s happening soon inside the Church Of Christ this week, it’s a special Aid to Humanity U.S. Tour. We’ve already had one week, and 4 locations so the tour is half way done – if you’re near any of these next 4 locations, we can’t wait to see you there! Let’s check them out.
Aid to Humanity in Oakland, California; August 17
Aid to Humanity in San Carlos, Arizona; August 20
Aid to Humanity in San Diego, California; August 21
Aid to Humanity in Los Angeles, California; August 24]
HOST: Well, that does it for us on INC News World. Tune in every Friday for a new episode of INC News World on incmedia.org. I’m Richie Ferrera and on behalf of the entire INC News World team thank you for joining us. Have a great weekend and God bless!