We’re so excited to share this project with you! This radio broadcast is the culmination of over a month’s work largely supported by some of our talented volunteers! This broadcast features the voices of Jordan Terford (Narrator), *Charles Tyler (Jesus), Jordan Hosmer (Peter), Mike Howerton (Pilate) and *a few other special guests from Hannibal- LaGrange University to present the final moments of Jesus’ life. How neat is it that we will be participating in Good Friday, March 30th, together as a church all throughout Quincy and Adams County?!
To get the most from this experience, we would highly suggest you listen to this broadcast through a set of head phones for the first time. If you are hosting, this will help you to hear a lot of subtle nuances that really enhance the reading experience and may help you to decide what speakers would be best to use in your home – if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Jay this week by phone (217-277-7772), or by email (email@example.com).
With that, we would like to draw your attention to three major points in the recording:
- The Intro – The recording begins at 0:00 with a brief introduction from Pastor Brett. In this intro, Brett helps us to prepare for what we are about to experience. Brett also invites us to participate in communion during the reading while Jesus is leading the Passover meal with the disciples. We would encourage our hosts to have communion prepared and readily accessible to their participants (maybe on a coffee table or something like that).
Each host home should have been equipped with a packet provided by the church with all of the communion elements for this. If you have not received a packet, please contact the church office before Friday to get one – phone (217-277-7772) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Passover Meal/Communion – the Passover Meal takes place at 5:40 within the recording. Please listen to this section before meeting with your group so you are familiar with the timing of it. Ideally, it would nice if the group could partake in communion without having to pause the recording.
- The Conclusion – The reading will end with the closure of the tomb at 21:38. A few seconds after this Brett will offer some closing remarks to help listeners process and reflect in the days to come leading up to Easter. I would encourage you to listen to this transition and discern if you want to let this moment linger a bit more for your group. If the transition is too fast, feel free to press pause at this point, then press play when you think it is appropriate to move on.
In addition to the recording, creating an environment might also be helpful for this listening experience. Something as simple as a quiet, dimly lit room would add a lot to this experience. This could look like a single low-watt lamp in the center of the room (perhaps as a center-piece to the communion elements).
Again, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jay. Thank you so much for opening your heart and home to this experience. I pray this serves you and our church well in remembering the loving sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Hosts & Facilitators:
Some of you may be the host or the facilitator, and some of you may be both. Either way, the following information will be helpful in preparing the best Good Friday experience possible.
First, thank you so much for using your gifts to help create this experience.
Please join us in praying for Good Friday: that everyone who participates might leave with a greater sense of Christ’s suffering and sacrifice on the cross, leading to greater and clearer worship on Resurrection Sunday!
Please read the instructions below carefully, and let us know if there is any way we can support and help you.
- Audio Recording – Click here to download the recording.
- Chair Arrangement – Arrange the chairs in whichever way facilities the most conducive environment for people to hear the recording well in the host’s home. This could be couches, chairs, circles, rows, etc.)
- Speakers for sound – I would suggest people turn up the sound as loud as they feel comfortable. The loudness should be above sounds that would be distracting to the group (kids playing, clocks ticking, etc)
- Some examples of sound devices that probably won’t work: using the speaker from a phone, tablet, laptop, a shower speaker, a small Bluetooth speaker.
- Some examples of sound devices that will work well: A home theater system, a sound bar, decent computer speakers, and larger Bluetooth speakers. Please feel free to contact Jay if you have a question about your devices capabilities.
- Communion Table – The group will participate in Communion during the recording. Ideally, it would be nice to have Communion prepared where the group can access it easily during the reading. Brett will give directions (that will be on the recording) during his introductory remarks before the actual reading. Communion will be purchased, prepped, and given to the hosts and facilitators, along with the instructional packet.
- Child Care (optional) – Because this experience is so dependent on hearing, we would strongly suggest childcare be in a place that would not interrupt the group’s experience. Some suggestions are: outdoor play, quiet games or coloring, or movies in a separate space. Please communicate with your babysitter the desire for the kids to remain quiet and in another room.
- Children Participating – In our host/facilitator packet we will provide coloring sheets for the children who will be participating. The purpose is to help give the kids something to do with their hands while they are quietly listening and participating. However, this is all up to the individual parent’s discretion.
- Fellowship (optional) – A half hour or so of fellowship of some kind might be helpful to soften the experience for those who are not used to facilitating or being a part of a group. It could be anything from snacks, dessert, to a full meal. This is all up to the host and what they would like to propose.
- Bibles (optional) – This experience will be unique in that it will be purely auditory learning. However, people can follow along if they would like to, but we really want to encourage people to just sit, listen and take it in. If they do need to follow along in the Bible, they can read John 13 – 19.