How Did It All Begin?

When Chris and Alison Chadwick retired in 1998, they wanted to live a more Christian lifestyle. They determined that lifestyle would not include sword fighting with a professional jousting company and performing at Renaissance Fairs. Then, they were contacted by a fellow church member to offer a demonstration on theatrical sword fighting to a Christian based home school group. Afterwards, the students requested private instruction and thus The Fellowship of Christian Swordsmen was created in 2002. Since that time, the Chadwicks, along with a few former students teaching along side, have taught over a 1000 students around the East Texas area.
The students are taught the importance of safety, respect for each other, and an extreme form of fun; all while enjoying a warm, Christian environment. Mr. Chadwick, an ordained minister, offers a Christ-centered devotional and time of prayer after every class.
Doing plays like The Knight’s Tale provides an outlet for the students to use what they’ve learned and accomplished in sword fighting, while spreading a Christian message of purity and perseverance. The Knight’s Tale teaches the value of purity as a gift from God, and the importance of perseverance through life’s trials with the guidance of scripture. Participating in these plays is not only inspirational for the audience members but for the participants as well. They learn the importance of the message by working through the production process of the play. The participants learn important life lessons while providing good, Christian entertainment for the community.

Why Do You Tell Stories?

Storytelling and drama can preach powerful sermons!

“Drama with a Point” all started with a question – how can you use theatrical sword fighting and drama to glorify God? The answer to that question came through another question posed by Jesus in Matthew 13:10-13.  The disciples asked Jesus why he told parables – used stories when he taught. He replied:

“You’ve been given insight into God’s kingdom. You know how it works. Not everybody has this gift, this insight; it hasn’t been given to them…That’s why I tell stories; to create readiness, to nudge the people toward receptive insight.” ( The Message )

The Mission Statement of our non-profit organization, “The Magnificent Journey” is “To promote Godly character through the discipline of  sword fighting, drama and discipleship.”  We encourage our members to dedicate themselves and the works of their hands – even sword fighting – to God’s glory. When people will do that, God can accomplish mighty things in the hearts of men.

That’s why we tell stories.

“The Knight’s Tale – a battle for the heart” is a play about the power of personal purity and spiritual warfare. It’s based on two books by Jennie Bishop, “The Princess and the Kiss” and “The Squire and the Scroll.” ” The Knight’s Tale” will be presented on  October 22  at 7 p.m. and at 3 p.m. on October  23 at Caldwell Auditorium in Tyler.