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Brothers in Christ celebrate one-year anniversary

A celebration event was held at the G. W. Carver Elementary School gym Saturday evening for the one-year anniversary of the Holly Springs CME Church Brothers in Christ (BIC) Mime Ministry.

The art form of mime has been around since ancient times. According to the dictionary mime is the “theatrical technique of expressing an idea or emotion or portraying a character entirely by gesture and bodily movement without the use of words.” Why do mime’s wear white face paint? The white makeup helps to make the mime’s facial expressions more noticeable so as to focus attention on important expressions and not the individual personality.BIC 3 web

The ministry began as a vision of Deon Henry in 2012 and with the blessings of Holly Springs’ minister Rev. Gerald Hudson the group began miming to gospel songs and messages such as Rance Allen’s Something about the Name of Jesus and Rev. James Bolton’s He’s All I Need. Henry states that all are chosen and dynamically choreographed to fulfill the motto of the group that is “It’s all God.”

“Our mission is to have souls saved and spread God’s word through motion. We want to bring folks to a Person (Jesus) who is bigger than us,” states Henry.

The team has polished their skills during the last year and presented over eighty performances in south Mississippi and Louisiana.

Ages in the group range from 12-39 and bus driver and general manager Randall Mickell says, “There is a good relationship in the group and we always pray about performances bringing us into a better relationship with God as well as those to whom we minister. We want to thank our church family of Holly Springs and the community for all the support given to us. Sometimes we practice late after a presentation trying to perfect what we felt the Lord may not have been pleased with in the performance, and I want to thank the guys for their dedication in this ministry.”

Behind the scenes members of the group are Manager Randall Mickell, D.J. Wesley Brown, Cameraman Zion Hathorn and secretary Kasandra Henry.

During the celebration event the group presented several performances and groups from as far away as Covington, LA came to join in celebration with performances as well.

The Brothers In Christ Mime Ministry’s next presentation will be at the Black History program at Sweetwater CME. For more information about the group contact Randy Mickell at 601-606-2262.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Interpretative facial expressions accentuated by the white face paint are a vital part of the mime performance.

Shirley Burnham / The Prentiss Headlight—Interpretative facial expressions accentuated by the white face paint are a vital part of the mime performance.