Light in the Darkness: The Story of Elizabeth Fry
LENGTH: 45 minutes (Performed since 2006) Also appropriate for Christmas
The drama about a remarkable history changing woman of faith
Christianity has impacted culture throughout the centuries when ordinary Christians see a need and realize there is something they can do to meet it. As they meet the practical need it then opens the door to sharing the love of God, through Christ.
Light in the Darkness dramatizes the true story of Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845), a woman who saw a great need in Newgate, in the early 19th Century; one of London, England’s most notorious prisons. Conditions were horrible, especially for the women, who often had to bring their children in with them. Babies were also being born in Newgate without means to care for them.
Elizabeth Fry knew that she and the women in her church could do something. By providing diapers, bread and blankets they could help change the hopelessness of those mothers’ situation. Their kindness opened the door to both spiritual transformation and prison reform.
Elizabeth Fry’s work would catch the attention of Queen Victoria and even Parliament! Her actions changed the deplorable conditions in England’s prisons and affected how they were run. Canada’s Elizabeth Fry Society is named in her honor.
What need is God asking you to meet with the help of your church community? Do you know you have the light of Christ and the power of God at your disposal?
THEMES: SALVATION, HELPING OTHERS, GOD’S WORD, HISTORY CHANGER, WOMEN OF FAITH, HOPE, GOD’S LOVE FOR US, POVERTY & HOPELESSNESS, PRISON MINISTRY
PROMOTIONAL MATERIAL: POSTER, POWER POINT and BACKGROUND HANDOUT
Jesus said about Himself, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.” John 12:46
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