OOB 2016 Outreach: Salvation Army Week Pier Festival

This video has been created by the Salvation Factory. 

Carrying on the 134 year tradition, The Salvation Army once again continues this year to engage in innovative evangelism in the Town Square of Old Orchard Beach. Every night from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, a team of stage and street evangelists will be applying classic principles of Salvationism clothed in 21st century methodology.

This year the theme is galactic in nature, taking inspiration from the writings of William Booth, C.S. Lewis and Eugene Peterson’s interpretation of Colossians 2:9b-10: “You don’t need a telescope, a microscope or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.”

Lewis used both fantasy and sci-fi as a means to help secular people who could not grasp the reality of the gospel by inviting them to enter another world in which they could freely acknowledge the reality of sin and separation from God and the solution found in Christ alone. Dr. Michael Ward in his groundbreaking “Planet Narnia” and “The Narnia Code” reveal how in tales such as “The Chronicles of Narnia” and the “Space Trilogy”, C.S. Lewis drew upon the medieval planetary system (from which we derive the days of the week), as a creative way to prove the truth of Christianity (for more information, see: http://www.planetnarnia.com/).

Combining this with a retro-1950s style sci-fi, some inspiration from Cirque du Soleil and electronic dance music, the concept of “Search the Limits” was developed for this year’s Pier Festival. Each day explores a planetary theme, an attribute of universal need of humanity and how “finding Jesus” is the way in which that fullness comes together:

  • Saturday (Saturn) – from brokenness to healing

  • Sunday (Sun) – from pride to humility

  • Monday (Moon) – from confusion to purpose

  • Tuesday (Mars) – from conflict to peace

  • Wednesday (Mercury) – from greed to generosity

  • Thursday (Jupiter) – from to control to freedom

  • Friday (Venus) – from insecurity to identity

At the end of every evening, a brand new production entitled, “Search the Limits” proclaims the gospel through an inter-galactic cosmic tale which is used to introduce the viewers to the reality of Jesus and how they can experience personal salvation.

The week combines a variety show of artistic and entertaining acts on both the stage and street driven by one sole objective: to proclaim the gospel message. Come down after the meetings at the Pavilion to join us in this innovative evangelistic outreach at the Pier and join us in sharing good news to the masses.

Pier Ministry will feature events and performances every evening from July 30–August 5. For information about these, click here.
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