- 1 Peter 3:3-4 (0) October 29, 2013
1 Peter 3:3-4 (KJV)
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
- Children’s Dance Ministry (0) October 28, 2013
When starting a Children’s Dance Ministry, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
1. Make sure you are consistent. Never under-estimate the power of just being there. Your constant presence makes them feel secure, they begin to trust you, and will more readily follow direction. So before you even start a rehearsal, work out your time schedule.
2. Make sure the parents know rehearsal dates and times, and are on board to bring and pick up their children in a timely manner. I learned this the hard way. Prepare yourself for a few road bumps at the beginning. Just as the children’s trust will be built over time, so will their parents.
3. Have telephone numbers in case you need to contact a parent for any reason.
4. Schedule out your first session. Having a flexible agenda in mind will help you stay on track and help you fell more in control when you are faced with a group of little excited often loud dancers.
5. Instead of jumping into choreography, have a fun movement moment prepared. Some little dancers are a bit shy or self conscious at first. Getting them jumping, laughing, giggling, both helps them to relax, and creates a sense of community, if they do not already know each other. I always begin my new dance rehearsals with silly walks across the floor. We walk straight, over bubbles, in sand, on clouds, carrying balls. Then we stretch, and do a few turns. It will also help you to identify your most exuberant dancers.
6. Introduce more complex movements as across the floor exercises, especially turns. By now, they associate across the floor with fun, and have confidence in their ability to maneuver the steps. It is also easier to correct movements individually without drawing too much attention to one child.
7. Finally, choose songs of joy. Choose songs appropriate for the age of your group, songs the children can not only understand, but can relate to. Choose songs that glorify God, and teach the children how to give thanks to Him in dance.
- Praise (0) October 27, 2013
Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
- Agenda (0) October 26, 2013
We rehearse weekly whether we are scheduled to minister or not. And over the years I have studied to make each rehearsal more efficient. I will share what we do, what works and what doesn’t and why. Some things are great conceptually, but not an exact fit for every ministry. Vision plays a great part in how your rehearsals will flow.
1. Pray – We issue our prayer requests, and thank God for bringing us together again. We also update our prayer lists as we lift each other up during the week and any special needs we may have.
2. Praise Reports – I believe that we ought to praise God on a daily basis. Our lifestyle should reflect His praise and be present in us. If we are ministers of praise we should reflect that in every place.
3. Announcements – Any news, changes, information that needs to be shared is done at this time.
4. Stretching and ‘Across the Floor‘- We do a general stretching warm up, and then across the floor exercises; focusing on balance, flexibility and strength.
5. We go into choreography – Learning and perfecting our movements so that when we are up dancing, we can forget the steps, and focus on ministering from our spirits while our bodies execute the motions.
This is our general schedule, which is altered slightly once every other month when instead of working on choreography, we focus solely on technique, and improving our balance, flexibility and strength.
Agenda items 1 through 3 are in general done within the first 30 minutes of rehearsal and the next hour and a half we are in motion. This system has worked for us for many reasons. One, my vision was to create a community of dancers that fellowship with God and one another. Another reason is, we do not minister every week, so we have the luxury to take things a bit slower, which allows us to have dancers with various skill levels, and everyone (in theory) ministering on the same page.
One of the things that becomes challenging with this schedule is that once every other month is not quite frequent enough to focus on technique, which makes progress slow. But progress is still progress.
- A Reason To Praise (0) October 25, 2013
Every now and again as a praise dancer, you need to put on some music, and praise God, just because. Here is a joy-filled song for you.
This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
- Morning Exhortation : October 24, 2013 (0) October 24, 2013 When we are weak God is strong. He always watches over us, pointing the way to life and Godliness. Choose life
- Morning Exhortation : October 23, 2013 (0) October 23, 2013 Celebrate. For the Lord our God is with us. We can do all things through Christ who give us strength.
- Keep It Holy (0) October 22, 2013
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.
When we are in service to the house God has placed us in, we can tend to forget how wonderful awesome and majestic it is to come inside the place designated for worship. We need to continually remind ourselves of God’s greatness, His holiness, and celebrate the holy set apart day to remember God.
- Once More With Oomph (0) October 21, 2013
Practice makes permanent. Whatever you rehearse, however you rehearse, is exactly how you will minister. So just once more, minister to The Lord Our God, wholeheartedly, openly, full-out. Dance in the presence of the Lord as an audience of One, so that when you stand before His people, you can minister in His presence. Ready? Once more with oomph!
- Praise (0) October 20, 2013
And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord.