Connecting Through Story: Beauty & The Beast

Connecting Through Story: Beauty & The Beast

Posted on October 18, 2016


I play this little game where I try to hear God’s voice in the songs on the radio. When life gets hectic and I’m scrambling, I’ve found it’s a good way to keep my connection with God alive.

As a result of this game I have with myself, I crack a giant smile every time I hear Justin Timberlake’s voice. The smile is because I know God’s with me, and JT does it because of his hit song Not a Bad Thing. If you close your eyes and imagine Jesus singing that song… It’s uncanny.

Try this line:
“...Maybe you’ll let me borrow your heart. And is it too much to ask for every Sunday…”

Or this one:
“But I could be that guy to heal it over time and I won’t stop until you believe it. Cause baby you’re worth it.”

To me, that’s a perfect representation of how God loves us and is always after our hearts. And he will never stop pursuing each and every one of us until we believe.

Then there’s the chorus:
“You might mess around and find your dreams come true, with me. Spend all your time and your money just to find out that my love was free. So don't act like it’s a bad thing to fall in love with me.”

I can’t even tell you how much time and money I’ve spent on self-help books in the past! And what I got from them doesn’t even come close to the spiritual healing I’ve found through God’s grace.

It turns out that my little game is not all that uncommon. People have been finding spiritual inspiration in music, stories and art forever.

That’s why Grace Church brings productions into its ministry. “Story is important. People connect through story. Everybody has a story.” said Amy Christie, Associate Pastor of Worship Programming for Grace Church. “Tell a true, beautiful story and God will show up in that.”

We’ve got an awesome production on the horizon at Grace Church. Beauty & the Beast debuts on October 28. It’s no secret that people have found spiritual inspiration in this story. Disney animator Glen Keane speaks candidly in a video on YouTube about the personal meaning he finds in it. He animated the Beast’s transformation scene as an expression of his own spiritual life, pulling from a Bible verse in 2 Corinthians.

Perhaps you will be uplifted by a tale of personal transformation. Maybe your guest will be moved by a story about the extraordinary power of love. This show has the potential to plant seeds that may one day grow into more lives surrendered to Jesus.

Whether you’re looking for inspiration or quality entertainment for the entire family, this production is sure to fill your cup. This musical version of Beauty & The Beast also features a handful of beautiful new songs in addition to the classics from the Disney animated movie. You do not want to miss this show!


We have the unique opportunity to sponsor students from Nora Elementary School to attend Beauty & the Beast. Nora Elementary is in the heart of North Indy - right where our Grace Church campus will one day permanently reside. Our very own Ephraim Owens is playing a lead role in the production, taught at the school, and is heavily involved in the school district! Can you imagine the looks on the faces of the kids when they see Mr. Owens dancing and singing?? For many of these children, they've never had the opportunity to experience live theatre before. We are blessed to provide them this gift!

Nora's entire 1st grade is planning to come. But they need some help with funding. So we're going to assist! While we're at it, let's invite the whole school! However, in order for students 1st-5th grade to attend Beauty & the Beast, we must provide costs for transportation and lunch & tickets to make this experience feasible for them!

Here's where you can help: Expose a child to the arts and allow us to extend our radical hospitality to the Nora community - $15 will send one student to the show. Click on the button below to donate any amount of money you feel led to give and sponsor the students of Nora Elementary School!