More than one way to worship

Aug. 03, 2013 @ 05:01 AM

“I would have never thought that you could use clowning to talk to people about God,” said Molly Giles.

Giles, a rising sixth grade student at R-S Central Middle School, is one of the 69 youth that attended a Worship Arts Camp at Spencer Baptist Church this week. Spencer Baptist and Mt. Vernon Baptist Church have been coming together every summer for three years to hold the camp.

“We wanted children to learn there is a way to worship God through the arts,” said Kelly Settlemyre, minister of music and education at Spencer Baptist. She and Lisa Courtney, minister of music, youth and children at Mt. Vernon Baptist are overseeing the camp but it is being run by the youth groups from the churches.

“We couldn’t do this without the youth. This is a great way for them to get service hours for school,” Courtney said.

The camp, which is offered to rising first through sixth graders, aims to teach them new and creative ways to worship. Throughout the week they have worked with music, puppets, drama, sign language, clowning and crafts. Those that did the clowning dressed up and visited Henderson Care, where they made balloon animals for the residents.

“It’s been really fun getting to know these kids, especially in my first year of helping,” said Laney Luckadoo, rising seventh grade student at East Rutherford Middle School and member of the Mt. Vernon Baptist Church youth group. “I’ve been teaching interpretive movement. I thought this would be something fun to do over the summer to get to know people and worship God.”

Along with worshipping, the campers also conducted science experiments in a “Weird Science” session to show God’s world in action and competed in Organized Mass Chaos (OMC) games.

“They’ve had a lot of fun. They worked as a team during OMC to complete tasks,” Settlemyre said. “That goes along with our ‘We Are One’ theme. They are learning what it’s like to be on God’s team.”

The camp came to a close with a special performance for parents last night at Spencer Baptist Church.