Glory Tabernacle brings a ‘gift’ to Newberry

Elyssa Parnell Staff Writer

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Elyssa Parnell

Staff Writer

NEWBERRY — Glory Tabernacle Church in Newberry will present “The Gift” to the community for the third year with performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday.

Glory Tabernacle Church is located at the intersection of Pope and Nance streets.

Written by associate pastor Josh Parson and his wife Bridgett, the drama follows the story of a teenage girl named Kayla and her journey to Christ.

Kayla seems to be the outcast of her family, while her sister receives most of the attention. Struggling with herself, the young girl wonders what life is really about until she meets an angel that takes her on a wonderful journey through the life of Jesus.

Without revealing much of the plot, Parson said the ending of the drama leaves Kayla encountering Jesus face to face, changing her life for the better.

Parson said that although he and his wife wrote the play, it’s strictly based on the bible, with the only fictional elements being about Kayla and her family.

Parson said they took feedback from the community to make this year better than last. “We have a few new surprises in store this year,” he said.

More scenes and elements have been added, along with another show time, he said.

“We’ve brought back a few things by request and added a few more things,” Parson said.

This year, Parson said a live nativity has been added to the performance, as well as a petting zoo which will be outside for families to enjoy. He also added that local band “The Change” will perform.

The cast includes church members and additional volunteers. Admission is free.

“We want to present the story of Jesus and what he’s done for us in hopes to change someone’s life,” Parson said. “We want people to be changed by the story of His life.”

Elyssa Parnell can be reached at 803-276-0625, ext. 108 or at


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