Church holding ‘Amazing Grace’

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer

On your mark. Get set. Solve the Biblical clues to win The Amazing Grace.

The congregation of the Llano Estacado Metropolitan Community Church will host a Christian version of the reality-based television show, “The Amazing Race.”

Equipped with Bibles and city maps, racers will compete in a scavenger hunt-style competition at 3 p.m.

According to church member Celia Jimenez, the friendly competition will begin at 119 West 4th St. The 26-year-old nursing student said the event is a fun way to teach people about the Bible.

“It (The Amazing Grace) is good,” Jimenez said, “because it is good to socialize and talk to people.”

Race coordinator Debra Welch, who has been a member of the church for three years, said this is the second time the church has held The Amazing Grace. “Everyone who participated last time had such a good time,” she said, “and the ones who lost want a chance at winning.”

Using The Amazing Race as a template came naturally to Welch, who said the show is one of her favorites. “This city has so many streets that relate to the Bible,” Welch said. “So it was easy to come up with clues.”

The 43-year-old church member said the teams will have to decipher five clues to reach the end. And each team will come across a road block along the way, she said.

According to Welch, team members were required to sing Christian songs at a local store until they had raised $5 for April’s The Amazing Grace road block.

Welch said the church has monthly social events. Past events have included Family Feud Jesus Style, King of Kings Jeopardy and Holy Pictionary.

“These events have been a blessing,” Welch said. “You can have a lot of fun and still love Jesus.”