Monday, August 19, 2013

Registration for Marketplace 29 A.D. {2013} is open!

Singing in the street at Marketplace 29 A.D. {2012}. Photo by Kristin Taylor.

The alley in downtown Murray will be transformed into a first-century marketplace with tribes of children, shops, singing and dancing, and Jewish teaching.

Registration is open for third annual installment of Marketplace 29 A.D. {Click here to register.}

Pre-event registration is required. Children who participate are divided into tribes and given costumes for the week. Those are details that need to be tended to before 150+ kids show up on Monday morning. 

Here are the details ...

WHO: School-aged kids from 5 to 12 years old
Childcare is provided for younger kids if parents are interested in volunteering. Teenagers are welcomed to volunteer, but they need to register to do.

WHAT: A chance to learn more about the Jewish culture
This is the culture/society in which Jesus was raised and continues to serve as a foundation of Christianity. It's fun, educational and more elaborate than typical vacation Bible schools.

WHEN: Oct. 7-11, 2013
Specifically, it's 8:30 a.m. to noon Oct. 7-10 and 5:30-7:30 pm. Oct. 11 so parents and siblings can walk through the Marketplace with participants.

WHERE: The alley behind Murray Family Church
Participants are dropped off and picked up at First Methodist Church, which is the corner of Fifth and Maple streets in downtown Murray

HOW: Register children. Email us to volunteer. 
Also feel free to make donations and help spread the word.

Monday, November 5, 2012

{2012} Recapping Marketplace 29 A.D.

Marketplace 29 A.D. was an amazing display of unity in Murray, Kentucky in 2012!

In its second year, 136 kids participated in the event, which was made possible by volunteers from 30 local churches, donations and support from at least 21 businesses, and additional donations from several other individuals.

During the four mornings, the kids went to various shops in the marketplace, learned traditional Jewish dancing and music, had lessons in the synagogue school and listened to storytellers. The shopkeepers included a blacksmith, potter, leather maker, rope maker, fisherman, weaver, brick maker, herbalist, and candy maker who each taught the kids about their trade.

Here are some snapshots of Marketplace 29 A.D. ...

Marketplace 29 A.D. volunteers trust this is only the beginning of a mighty work God is doing in Murray. Stay tuned for more information on what we hope continues as an annual event in our community. 

Friday, August 17, 2012

Welcome to the Marketplace!

Marketplace 29 A.D. in 2011

Welcome to Marketplace 29 A.D., where walking through an alley in downtown takes you back to the first century, when Jesus was growing up in a traditional Jewish family. In an effort to make that part of history real for children, local churches are working together to make the second annual event happen.

You can learn more about the sights and sounds of last year's marketplace as well as read testimonies from volunteers. Registration also is open for this year's event, which will be from Oct. 8-12, 2012, which is Murray and Calloway County schools' Fall Break.

Marketplace 29 A.D. is from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 8-11 and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12. For the Friday night session, participants are invited to bring their families to meet their tribe leaders, experience the alley, and hear about their week. The event takes place in the alley behind Murray Family Church and between First Baptist and First Methodist churches. Children are signed in and out at First United Methodist's gymnasium. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED before Sept. 30. You can learn more about registration here

Any questions on participating, volunteering or donating can be directed toward Jan Seargent at or Kristin Taylor at