Churches leaders in Birmingham are being encouraged to sponsor families experiencing relationship troubles to see the new screen musical Black Nativity.
The Fox Searchlight film, which opens in the UK on Friday, 6 December 2013, stars Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson, Nasir Jones and Jacob Latimore.
Bringing Hope, a charity working with individuals, families and communities facing challenges is urging church leaders to see the film and to buy tickets for parents and their children who need support with their relationships.
This is part of a national initiative launched at a private screening of the movie at the offices of 20th Century Fox.
Reverends Carver Anderson and Robin Thompson, Executive Directors of Bringing Hope see this as an opportunity for church leaders and the Christian community to help encourage and inspire families in need.
They state: “Forest Whitaker’s previous film The Butler, fhas already created a lot of exposure and discussions around racial justice in the USA.
“Black Nativity, which he also stars in, touches on themes around financial pressures, family relationships and past hurts, which are compounded at this time of the year. It also offers hope and understanding against the multiple challenges and the competing values of living in the inner city that young people are facing on a daily basis.”
The film follows the journey of a young man who has been sent to stay with relatives as his mother tries to sort out personal and financial troubles. Unhappy with her decision and with his grandfather’s rules, he sets off to return home and learns valuable lessons about faith, healing and family.
The idea of encouraging church leaders to give a ticket to the movie for Christmas was recently launched in London when a group of senior pastors were brought together by Rev George Hargreaves, founder of the Christian Party, for a preview Black Nativity at the offices of 20th Century Fox.
Hargreaves said: “This was such a powerful movie. Pastors were literally weeping, it was that moving. This is a ‘must see’ movie for this Christmas. It is so uplifting that we as church leaders felt that a ticket to see the movie would be a wonderful gift.”
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Notes: Bringing Hope was founded in 2004 and established as a charity in 2008 working to transform the lives of socially excluded individuals, families and communities. Church leaders who attended the preview in London were Archbishop Doye Agama, moderator of Churches Together in England, Apostle Caleb McIntosh, General Overseer of Bibleway Churches, Rev Esme Beswick MBE, President of the Joint Council of African and Caribbean Churches, Rev Mabs Nkumu, President of the Association of Congolese Pastor UK