FORT MILL — Almost 200 students from Hickory Grove Christian School volunteered last week at NarroWay Theatre and Conference Center.
“Hickory Grove is on their mission week and we, NarroWay, are honored and very humbled for them to pick us,” said Cheryl Lipian, NarroWay’s director of public relations and marketing.
Students filled the building, working hard all day, and asking “What else can we do?” after finishing their first task earlier than expected.
“Hickory Grove really supports the ministry NarroWay does and we wanted to help in anyway we could,” said Brandy Caton, a teacher at the school.
The students were able to help NarroWay with “behind the scenes” tasks to get them ready for the coming season.
“They were able to finish projects that we have wanted to get done, but did not have enough hands to finish,” said Lipian.
Students painted the barn and fencing where the animals stay, and they organized costumes and files.
“Our actions can help others without a reward, so we are able to show Christ through our attitude,” said freshman Alex Sciolino.
NarroWay, which is a Christian theatre, runs seven Broadway production shows throughout the year. They have 350 cast members and animals, including a camel, donkeys and pigs to add to the shows.
“We are a ministry, but Hickory Grove is ministering to us,” said Lipian.
For the student’s hard work, NarroWay gave them tickets to youth night on Saturday.
NarroWay holds a youth night every few months. DJ T-Hixson hosts the evening with activities prior to the show.
“Young people come from all over Charlotte, Fort Mill and other towns for youth night,” said Lipian.
The next youth night is Saturday, March 2, at 5 p.m. The show will be “Lord of Light.” Student tickets are $10, and tickets for kids 12 and under are $7.
Hickory Grove, which is in Charlotte, has participated in a local mission week for the past four years. Prior to ministering in the local area, the school sent their senior class on mission trips to the Dominican Republic.
“Mission week gives the kids a chance to see different ministries. We knew NarroWay would be a location that would have numerous things for all the kids do,” said Tod Alexander, Bible department head at the school. “The students get to serve together and create a unity that they cannot get in the classroom.”