Marketplace 29 AD

Marketplace took place 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014. 

Marketplace 29 A.D. is an event where the alley behind 411 Maple Street is transformed into a first-century marketplace that teaches about Jesus and his culture through songs and dance, synagogue lessons, trades and crafts, storytellers and tribes.  Everyone is dressed in time-appropriate costumes from the kids to visitors.  It is for kids from 4 to 12 years old and many volunteers.  It takes place the first part of October, during Calloway and Murray Independent School's fall break.

The first Marketplace 29 A.D. was held in 2011 with 94 kids and about 20 churches involved, donations and support from at least 21 businesses, and additional donations from several other individuals.  In the fall of 2013, Marketplace 29 A.D. has grown to 150 kids and at least 30 different churches. The Marketplace grows every year.  The kids onces again have had a wonderful time.

The kids are divided into multi-age groups named after the tribes of Israel. They learn some Jewish family customs and particiapte in different trades and crafts throughout the marketplace.  During the four mornings, kids from everywhere visit the various shops in the marketplace, learned traditional Jewish dancing and music, have lessons in the synagogue school and listened to storytellers.  Some of the shops are blacksmith, rope maker, fisherman, weaver, brick maker, herbalist and candy maker who each taught the kids about their trade.  There are also Synagogue School, Dance, and Music of this time period.

Pictures & Photo Books of the Marketplace - This is a link to the Shutterfly site that has pictures from each year Marketplace has been held.  This is also where you can view and purchase the photo books from each year.

Here are some snapshots from Marketplace 29 A.D.... 


View of the Marketplace during the week.

View of the Marketplace

Street Drama with Jesus healing the lame.

Street Drama:  Jesus heals the lame man. 
Bible stories came to life before the kids eyes every day, in the street, during Marketplace.

Kids in the Shell Shop at the Marketplace.

Pearl & Shell Shop: They learned about how pearls are formed in muscle shells.  They also learned that with sanding you can make the shells smooth and shiny.

Kids in the Fragence Shop learning about he different fragences in 29 A.D.

Fragrance Shop:  They learned about fragrance in the Bible.

The kids giving the Baggar coins.

Street Drama: The kids gave coins to the begger woman in the Marketplace.

The kids learning simple Jewish dances in the Marketplace.

Dance: The kids learn simple traditional Jewish folk dance.

The kids listen to Bible stories from the storyteller.

Story Teller:  Each day a Bible character told a story and brought the Scriptures to life.

The kids in Synagogne School learn Jewish customs.

Synagogne School:  They kids learn Hebrew words and prayers, Jewish customs and how those ideas translate to our churches today.

The Marketplace 29 A.D. is a wonderful time for the kids to learn and experience the marketplace during Jesus' time.  The marketplace was central of business, socail, and life for the first century life.  This experience opens up the Bible for the kids to understand more of the customs and lifestyle of the first century. 

"Goodbye for now... but... we'll meet again... this time next year... in the marketplace. Shalom!"

 

For more pictures see below links.

Pictures & Photo Books of the Marketplace - This is a link to the Shutterfly site that has pictures from each year Marketplace has been held.  This is also where you can view and purchase the photo books from each year.

Videos of Marketplace 29 A.D. Street Drama: Blacksmith & Dancing