WORSHIP ARTS 4 KIDS! IS BORN...
In Feburary, 2005, a long-time dream was breathed to life in my spirit by the Lord. For years I had wondered if someday God might show me a way to facilitate the training of children to lead worship---using the arts. As you many know, The Music Place serves as an award-winning music education center in the South Bay--having served nearly 10,000 children in the past 23 years. In addition, I also serve on the faculty of two schools of worship, and have a strong commitment to see the arts used in worship. So Worship Arts 4 Kids made sense, but God had to breathe it!
Then, in April of the same year, the Lord stirred me to gather a group of worshippers who are both gifted with children as well as in various areas of the arts and worship leading.
As we gathered, an exciting vision for a Kids' Worship camp unfolded, and as we contineud to pray, God launched W.A.K.E. --Worship Arts 4 Kids, (Equpping kids to lead in worship)!
What we all experienced as the children gathered, learned and worshipped was simply breathtaking! The final child-led worship celebration was more than "awe-inspiring". (These words were consistently used by parents from even the most traditional churches.)
In 2006, we were miraculously led to partner with Twin Oaks Church, which shared its amazing facilities, technical equipment and most exciting, its vision for children and teens to learn to lead NOW, not just in the future. More than 85 teen interns and kids participated in this life-changing week, captured on a high quality DVD that has been used the inspire worship experiences led by kids through numerous congregations since the final worship celebration event.
Highlights from W.A.K.E. 2007
After the 2006 event, W.A.K.E. staff met to evaluate and grow resultign in an even higher impact ministry in 2007.
Teens 11 and up were amazing, workign hard in a week long Teen Training
preceding the camp, and online enrollment helped older
campers (grades 4-7) choose specialties in movement (flags, dance and
mime) and music (chorus, solos, instruments and percussion.)
We also lengthened the camp day by an hour, meeting 9AM-2PM. We added more faculty, including 2 teachers from Southern California as well as Twin Oaks Worship Pastor, Mario Minardi, who with his amazing teen crew taught the small percussion workshop and helped everyone enjoy the rhythms of the Kingdom -- while having fun! A church in Hayward, led by "Sister "A"" who visited in 2006, provided day care from 7AM to 6PM to accommodate participation from 15 kids with working parents to come from as far as South San Francisco. Singers and intrumentalists learned how to worship spontaneously, mimists inspired us their presentation (in full mime make-up and gloves), teen interns entered the sanctuary with beautfiul banners they had made the week before, and children 1st-3rd grades offered a variety of gifts and creative thank-you cards to Jesus.
We covet your prayers to move forward in all that God has for us in this, and we remain confident that "Unless the Lord builds the house, [we] labor in vain who build it."
May His peace and Joy be yours,
Janice L. Morris, Director
The Music Place
order a DVD of the either the 2006 or 2007 Evening Worship
Celebration (including W.A.K.E. camp and Teen Training images)
call us to request "It's All about You" (2007) or "Amazing God, Amazing
Grace", (2006). You may reach us at (408) 445-ARTS (2787) or
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