Thecla at St Paul’s Lutheran was a success! Thank you to everyone who made it possible: To the talented cast, the Sower’s Grant team at the ELCA, our patient guest musician, door tenders, the gracious and kind staff at St Paul’s, and to our esteemed and honored collaborators who came and shared a wonderful evening with us! Thursday night and Friday night, Thecla enthusiasts from the five boroughs (as well as some visitors who had no idea what was going on) trekked to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to experience a worship moment unlike any other.
A fully immersive worship experience that relies heavily on interactive storytelling and dramatic representations, the story of Thecla comes to life in a unique way every performance. One of our two performances was filmed, and many of our guest collaborators volunteered to offer testimony about their experience. These interviews have been collected and will be shared as soon as possible.
Looking back on the experience, I have to say that I noticed a sense of calm the swept across the stage after worship did not last. There was a low point of energy after the conclusion of both performances, however the lull in energy soon gave way to passionate conversation – sometimes about the performance, sometimes not. I’m most excited to pursue this work because the effect of singing and experiencing fully a story alongside someone else, can be a transformative experience. We hoped to share the good news with anyone who would come and hear it, and the results were overwhelming. Our next blog post will include testimonials from our collected video as well as our thoughts about how to move forward.
With Blessings of Peace and Tranquility this Lent,
This post comes to you by way of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Highbridge, Bronx. We’ll be utilizing this space to keep the teams abreast of our progress and share the fun details of our journey toward building the Highbridge Media Lab [stay tuned for our social media site – coming soon]
We’ve had a busy winter with one of our first phases of the project – the vocal booth and performance stage build out.
The Highbridge MediaLab project was conceived with the intent to create a creative space where the community can gather to perform, showcase, learn, create and build. Using the existing event space we will convert the stage area into a multiuse production / performance space complete with vocal recording booth, band rehearsal space, concert performance venue and film/screening room.
– ceiling in sound booth
– square off stage. ensure stage is flush and square with front of stage.
– sound booth roughed out
– extend stage to lengthen booth
– replace flooring with new vinyl tile
– add 2/4 more colored flood lights
– install heavy curtain – also serves to dampen sound
– plaster and painting all sheet rocks
– make and install sound dampening panels
– cover exterior window
– install film/video screen
– install high lumen LCD projector
What a blessing this ministry has been to our congregation. It was hard to imagine the impact that reaching out to the special needs community would have here in Uniondale.
Since our first month we have been growing, slowly, but growing.
Our last service, on Super Bowl Sunday, was one that I approached with a bit of trepidation. Four of our regular worshippers had told me they would not be able to attend. A third, one of our congregation members, indicated she and her son would leave early since she was hosting a party at her house. A fourth only came with one of the people that was not coming. That potentially would leave us with one woman who is also a congregation member. It was looking like the service would be full of those who had already attended the morning service and stuck around to see what this new service was about. My spirits sank as I feared they would think this ministry was a bust and wonder why we raved about it. We prepared as usual, despite my fear that things would be dismal.
Well, shame on me for my doubt. In the door walked residents from two different group homes in the area. They had been invited for months and finally were able to come. They had been sent by the homes to check it out.
What a worship service! We had the 5 new visitors added to 8 members of Grace, (ranging in age from 6 to 93) added to our staff of 7. It’s not about the numbers to be sure, but this was our largest attendance. And that was without 8 of our regular folks.
Our visitors were excited to be with us, I pray they will return next month. Our members remarked on what a wonderful ministry this was! We made some new friends and God was praised with Word and song and prayers.
It was one of those days that reminded me how much I love what I am blessed to do each day! Can’t wait until next month.
Innovative Ministry Grants by the Metropolitan New York Synod