Monday, January 12, 2009

Northwestern Pennsylvania Worship Arts Festival

Saturday, February 28, 2009 at the Edinboro united Methodist Church 118 High Street, Edinboro, Pa. there will be a Worship Arts Festival and Conference sponsored by the Erie Meadville District of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.The registration begins at 8am and worship at 9. Following an inspiring worship service participants will choose one of the eight specialized workshops to attend, providing hands-on opportunities to learn technique, style and acquire the tools to implement the arts in their worship settings. The Rev. John Zimmerman will be teaching a Multi-media workshop. Liturgical Dance and Expression will be presented by Michelle Hunt. Praying in Color and Visual Arts in Worship will be presented by Carole Werder and Suzanne Trenney. Puppet Ministry will be led by Bob Klingler.The Rev. Roy Gearhardt will teach a Drama workshop and Liturgical Weaving will be led by Mathilda Murphy. Glenn Rankin will present Creating Coffeehouse ministries and Alternative Worship and Margo Evans will present a worksop on building Praise Bands and blending worship.A light lunch will follow for all who attend. To register contact the Erie-Meadville District office UMC, 5304 US HWY 19, Cochranton, PA 16314. Make check or money order for 10$ payable to the Erie-Meadville district UMC to cover the registration fee and mail to the district office along with your contact information. Students are free. See you there!


gavin richardson said...

sounds like good stuff, i'd be interested to hear how people take to it seeing that i can't really make it myself.

Pamela said...

Gavin here in our corner of the universe in rural northwestern pa we do not have access to the mega conferences or mega worship church experiences many of our more southern and central brethren have. Our churches tend to be medium to small in sixe except for the places near large metropolitan areas. It does not get more conservative than this region I don't think, worship wise. In terms of what is being written about worship pertaining to any group be it youth , adults, children whatever, there is not a lot of substantive chatter on the net or else I am not looking or searching correctly. I don't think the topic has captured the attention of the masses and I think most associate it with rock music soley. Thanks for reporting on the congress you attended. I will do more research on the content of that. Pam

gavin richardson said...

hi pam, the conferences and megachurch stuff, its not all its cracked up to be in some circles.

i've been doing contemplative worship practices incorporating arts for a number of years. two links to give you some glimpse in to some of that.