Taking its cue from a successful venture in South Florida, Holy Faith Episcopal Church will hold its Christian Comedy Show on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the church: 6990 S. Federal Highway 1 in Port St. Lucie. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
A fundraiser for Holy Faith’s Capital Campaign Fund Ministry, the show is being put on by Quiet Girls Productions Entertainment. Artist Treece is the host comedian. Guest comedians are Jim Moran and Gary D. Wright. The headliner is Gilt.
“The purpose of organizing a Christian comedy at Holy Faith is to bring families in the community together by using Christian humor to reach out to the lost,” Holy Faith spokesperson Claudette Lewis said. “The humor is clean, Christ-centered and often includes an inspirational message.”
Lewis said the comedy show was the brainchild of Holy Faith’s vicar, the Very Rev. Orlando Addison, who organized the same event while rector of St. James in-the-Hills Episcopal Church in Hollywood, Florida. Addison provided Holy Faith’s fundraising committee the contact information for Quiet Girls Productions Entertainment, and the event became a reality.
“The event (in Hollywood) was very successful,” Lewis said. “Christian comedy is not new. In fact, there are several places in the Bible where we can find God’s sense of humor. For instance, Balaam and the donkey (Numbers 22). The book of Esther has elements of humor, as well as the book of Jonah. Jesus also used humor in his ministry, as well as Paul in some of his letters.”
Christian comedy has become more mainstream in the last few decades, according to media strategist/writer/speaker Dan Rupple.
“Today, comedy from a Christian base is accepted, embraced and possibly becoming the most popular form of entertainment within the Christian community,” Rupple said on his website www.danrupple.com via his History of Comedy page. “Literally hundreds of comedy shows are presented weekly in churches throughout America, resulting in an amazing growth in the number as well as the quality of Christian comedy performers.
“A rising number of churches are also presenting their own comedy sketches on Sunday mornings—some larger churches even employing staff comedy writers,” Rupple said. “And now the popularity of comedy from a Christian perspective has spilled over into the secular arena.”
Lewis said Holy Faith had no information on the comedians, who are not affiliated with the Episcopal Church, before Addison’s recommendation.
With the addition of the show to Holy Faith’s calendar, the church’s Capital Campaign Fund Ministry hopes to raise more funds, with a goal of raising money for the enhancement and restoration of the church’s buildings, as well as defraying expenses associated with Holy Faith’s Outreach Ministries, Lewis said. The Capital Campaign Fund Ministry was established in late 2016.
Although the Capital Campaign Fund Ministry does not have a specific fundraising goal, Lewis said members are praying that the comedy show “will give us some visibility in the community and will bring families, neighbors and friends to know Jesus Christ through the art of Christian humor.”
The show has a $25 cover charge. To make reservations, call 772-446-9619 or 772-777-2672.