While the location of the production is in the Park Avenue United Methodist Church sanctuary, the sights, sounds and aromas have created a first century Jerusalem marketplace.
Jesus' life is portrayed from His glorious birth to the Resurrection and empty tomb, and the gospel message is proclaimed.
The crew, choir and cast of hundreds of men, women and children put in countless hours of prep, set up, and rehearsal with one mission in mind — to tell the story of the Gospel. And yes, we have a lot of fun along the way!
What began as a dream in his home church in Nashville, Georgia became a reality in Valdosta at Park Avenue UMC when Jim Perry became Minister of Music in 1985.
Whenever Jim caught a vision, the congregation became excited. It was this unmistakable contagion that spread throughout Park Avenue as plans were made to transform the church sanctuary into first century Jerusalem. And thus began production of the first "God Hath Provided the Lamb" Easter drama.
Within months this seemingly impossible feat became a reality. Hundreds of yards of paper were crushed and sprayed to resemble rocks and mountains. Paper rollers became temple columns. Bolts of material were transformed into costumes. After a satchel of makeup, a loft of styrofoam and papier mache, and a boatload of staples, nails and duct tape, the set was ready.
In the ensuing years, major changes have taken place in the script. In 2004 the production was re-named "The Promise," but the constant that has never changed is the commitment and mission to tell the story of God's promise to redeem the world.
The hour and a half production is FREE and open to the public. Because seating is limited, we recommend that you arrive early to get a good seat. The sanctuary opens one hour prior to the performance.
Because of the graphic realism of the production, it is not recommended for young children, and that's why we provide a nursery for children up to 5 years old. There are blood, smoke, and loud noises — all part of the play.
√ It is hosted at Park Avenue United Methodist Church in Valdosta.
√ Here's the address — 100 E. Park Ave. Valdosta, Ga 31602.
√ The Promise is FREE.
√ Because we do not sell tickets, seats fill up on a first come basis.
√ At the end, we do take up a donation.
× We do NOT offer individual reservations.
√ However, we do offer a limited number of reserved seats available for church and civic organizations.
√ Contact the church office at 229-242-3562 for more information.
√ Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.
√ Yes! Our nursery is open for children up to 5 years old, including infants.
√ Please contact the church office at 229-242-3562 to let us know you will be using the nursery.
× We do not recommend it for young children because of the graphic realism of the production. Please govern your child accordingly.