Mountaintop Christian Ventures, formerly named Faith Theater Alliance, grew out of an earlier pilot project called “Agape Players” which began in the spring of 2013. The purpose of this new company was to bring plays which explored religious themes to the Trinity community.
In October 2013, the Agape Players produced Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge within the context of a one day workshop on Celtic religion and culture. The association name changed to Faith Theater Alliance in January 2014.
The association expanded to include other churches and additional goals: charitable, christian educational, and evangelical. It was determined that the association, while remaining based at Trinity and offering its services first to the Trinity parish, would also open itself to the Staunton, Waynesboro, Augusta County community. The future vision of the association now included several branch projects with Faith Theater Alliance being just one. Therefore a title was needed for the umbrella organization under which all branches would operate. A newly appointed board of directors named the organization Mountain Christian Ventures.
In May 2014, the branch project, Faith Theater Alliance, sponsored an outdoor theater fair at Trinity and open to the public. Different theater skills workshops were offered plus a workshop on spiritual growth.
At the June 2014 board meeting the name of the branch project, Faith Theater Alliance, was changed to Mountaintop Christian Theater after the board decided “Mountaintop” should be used for consistent branding.
Two new branch projects are scheduled to begin in 2014-2015. The first is Mountaintop Seekers Circles. Seeker’s Circles are small Christian study and support groups which will use various art forms to engage with the scriptures in new emotional and aesthetic ways. The second is Mountaintop Grace Games. This new endeavor will sponsor recreational activities that combine sports and outings with different forms of prayer and worship and also with the arts. One objective of this project will be to attract young people outside the church to the christian faith.
Several events are scheduled for 2014-2015. Mountaintop Christian Theater plans to perform an original work at Trinity this winter. The play entitled “Hagar and Sarah” explores the struggle between Abraham’s wife and her serving maid, with an angel of God as intermediary.
During Lent 2015 Mountaintop Christian Theater will present a dramatic adaptation of the crucifixion story “Son of Man” at Trinity and other area churches. This sacred drama will be direction and produced by Father Kim Webster of St. John’s Episcopal Church.
Mountaintop Christian Ventures would like to thank Trinity Church for all its support helping us get our new christian organization off the ground!