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CHRISTIAN ROCK EISTEDDFOD WITH CHRISTINE LEAVES

After the highly successful launch of the 1998 Christian Rock Eisteddfod in Castle Hill NSW Australia, word spread and the Project grew.

Image: Orange Christian School

 
 

AND THE CHRISTIAN ROCK EISTEDDFOD GREW

  • It was a religious project that worked in the high schools and it showed that young people actually wanted to read the Bible and create their own dramatic and musical interpretation from the nominated Bible Story to be created on Stage each year.   Christian & non Christian high schools wanted to participate, (even Muslim young people).

  • Students were also trained in pre-production to gain knowledge about the amount of work that goes into ‘producing’, re: schedules, timelines, promoting, publicity, lighting & sound, writing narration/press releases, stage assistance, front of house, choreography and the Christian styles of dance but most importantly they were introduced and learnt to listen to the lyrics of the music that interpreted their Christian drama presentation

  • Funds raised were delivered to nominated benefactors after each production, (High schoolers chose the benefactor each year). Eg: students chose to raise funds for the Defence Force Recruiting Academies so that young service people would have Scripture resources to carry with them.      

  • Sir Cliff Richard provided his photo and endorsement in 1999 & 2000 when the young people chose to raise funds for those youth in detention centres.  Eg: students visited Minda Detention Centre and Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre to connect with the troubled youth and deliver the Scripture comics and Bible resources to the Chaplains.  

  • When country high schools became involved with the Christian Rock Eisteddfod, the whole town became involved, even the bus companies who would put signs in their buses to generate ticket sales

  • People’s lives changed

  • NB: There is now available (free) ‘A Religious Education Outline utilizing Music & Drama to Tell A Story’ which could be used as a subject/course in high schools.  It is based on the Christian Rock Eisteddfod concept. Please fill in the Enquiry on the Website and the Outline can be posted to you

 
 

FUNDS RAISED

FROM CHRISTIAN ROCK EISTEDDFOD PRODUCTIONS

 

1998

The Easter Story – Raised money for Scriptures for youth in Cuba

1999

The Story of Creation – Raised money for Juvenile Justice Centres

2000

Run the Good Race – Raised money for Juvenile Justice Centres

2001

Noah & the Ark – Raised money for Flying Bibleman in NT

2002

The Story of Moses – Raised money for Young Deaf People

2003

The Book of Proverbs – Raised money for Scriptures for Defence Force Recruiting Academies

2004

The Book of Romans – Raised money for Defence Force Recruiting Academies

2006

The Story of Joseph

2008

The Tragedy & Triumph of Samson,  featuring Delilah – Raised money for Bush Church Aid

Every project needs supporters, so thanks goes to:

Bible Society NSW/ACT, Sir Cliff Richard, The Wesley Mission and Institute, Lots of Watts, NSW Farmers Association, Pacific Hills Christian School, Hills Shire Council,  Australian Screen Music, Worldwide Photos Ramon Williams, Harvey Norman, Quality Trophies, Kwik Kopy Market St Sydney, Christian Heritage Australia, June Dally-Watkins, Hills Family Funerals,  Arcade Exclusive Florists Parramatta,  Castle Hill Showground Committee, NRMA, Milano Hair Studio Hunters Hill, Koorong West Ryde, youthfoundations@fusion.org.au, Custom Luggage Sussex St Sydney, Renaissance Photography, Community Radio Stations around NSW,  Alan Jones Radio 2GB, PARENTS, TEACHERS AND THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS plus all the volunteers from St Judes Anglican Church, Dural and Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral, Waitara plus so many more to thank over the 10 years from 1998 – 2008.