EAST ROCKINGHAM — As you turn onto Flowers Street in East Rockingham there is a neon sign with a heart and little people, and it says The Roc Church of God of Prophecy, reaching our community.
The people in charge there are doing and plan to keep doing just that.
Members of The Roc have collected canned goods for the past month, and will be distributing them to members of the community that attend their Christmas celebration “Revealing the Magnificent Jesus” on Sunday. Arthur Gilliam, 23, who oversees the youth praise team and the choir, sees it as providing a tangible gift as well as a spiritual gift.
The church, said Pastor Steve Gilmer, wants to “reach the community and make a difference.”
The contemporary praise and worship celebration is comprised of 75 participants and includes both youth and adult praise teams, a choir, youth and adult dancers, a band and narrators. Maggie Cook, 10, of Rockingham, will be one of the narrators on Sunday and is prepared in case she messes up one of her lines.
“(I’ll) pause and keep going,” Maggie said.
No giggling allowed. She admits messing up might be bad because the audience can read what she is supposed to say off of the projector screen. So if she strays, they’ll know.
This is not Gilliam’s first time in front of a stage. He started directing when he was only 16 years old, and led his first big production at 20. This is his biggest production to date in terms of the number of participants. Three years ago, “You Are Holy” had 30 people involved. This event has more than twice that number.
“Revealing the Magnificent Jesus” will be at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. this Sunday at The Roc Church of God of Prophecy located at 139 Flowers St. in East Rockingham. Canned goods will be distributed only at the 6 p.m. showing.