Creative Worship Arts Camp Sparks New Program

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SARANAC, MI (December 14, 2005)  – The success of a Creative Worship Arts Camp  earlier this year has led Saranac Community Covenant Church to start a  weekly program for students in grades 3-5.

“There was lots of interest from the families,” says Julia Carr, pastor  of worship arts. “The kids who are coming are real excited.”
Carr says she chose the particular age range because older students  become increasingly involved in school activities. Every week, the  students work on singing, drama and dancing. Once a month, they work on  an art project. The classes are held from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. each Thursday.
“We begin with dance because the kids have so much energy after school,”  she says. “They got real excited about the dance.”
The program began November 3 and the students’ work has focused on  participating in a church Christmas production. In addition to singing  songs with dances and performing drama, the children’s art project  involved working on the production set, Carr says. The students also  will perform a spring musical.
The kids develop skills in the arts, but the classes are important in  other ways, Carr says. “Because they’re focusing on things in worship,  it connects their spiritual lives with things they can do,” she  explains. “We discuss everything and how it relates to church and God.”
Carr says she hopes the children’s work will be incorporated into  various worship services throughout the year. She also would like to see  the children have the opportunity to demonstrate their work in other  area churches.
A handful of kids are participating, but Carr expects the number to grow  now that people have seen the students’ participation in the Christmas  program. She adds that starting out small has helped her to develop the  classes.
The arts camp was held in August and included children ages 9-13. The  students were able to choose two of five options for the week-long,  half-day camp, says Carr. Each day was divided into two sessions.
Participants could choose from sculpture or drama in the early session.  The second session offered video, music or drawing. The projects were  then included in a worship service.
To learn more about this unique ministry opportunity, call the church  staff at 616-642-6322. More information also is available at the church  website at Saranac.
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