St. Wenceslaus has hosted the Great Adventure Bible Study for about a year now. We are working through the 24 week series in preparation for our St. Paul Bible Studies in the winter and the spring. The program consists of workbooks, handouts, DVDs, and discussion group. This normally works great, assuming you can find the DVDs.
I couldn't. No clue where they are. Ask St. Anthony for help; he's being tight-lipped. I was at a total loss. Given that tonight's subject was the Maccabean Revolt, though, I was in luck. My educational background includes a big swath of Greco-Roman culture so I can speak to the topic. In lieu of the DVD, I lectured and did the discussion questions.
For something that was largely improv-ed, it went off okay. The best visual of the night came when a participant asked about the sizes of the ancient armies. "Doesn't that seem like a lot of people?" To make the point about how armies got easily routed, I demonstrated ancient battle practices and then to really make the point, I climbed up on a chair to demonstrate what the view from horseback would be. This led to a demonstration fighting techniques from the ancient world. All in all, it was delightfully funny.
Pantomine sword battle = doing some thing hilarious for God? I guess you just had to be there.