Stage. Lights. Sound. Picture. Action.
Walking into the lobby, you find things hanging off the wall or props lying around and you begin to ask yourself “Was that there last week?”, and as you make your way to the hall, you realize that the stage looks different too; and just in case you missed the details of the fine posters hung outside the hall to keep you updated on events and series, it appears on the screens inside the hall and the special number just manages to be an ear worm for the rest of the week.
It’s time to meet the people responsible for all of the above.
The Creative Team:
One project head and a group of volunteers that come up with ideas and finally a blueprint of what is to happen before, during and after the service. Here, the details of what should be seen, heard and hopefully experienced is discussed – the stage design, the lighting, the special number, the visuals and the flow. That, being the surface level, the role of this team is to really cast a vision of the Word by complimenting and encapsulating using expressions of creativity, music and visuals. The beautiful dynamic here is working with key persons from each ministry.
Production: a team working with different materials to create various-sized props and stage design. Volunteers of all ages come together to put their artistic gifting toward one purpose, bringing vision into reality. Kind of like Noah as well, working with dimensions and magnitude, not seeing the result of their work immediately but carrying out the work entrusted to them working with various materials based on research and experiments.
Exodus 35:31-33 And he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills— to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic crafts.
Music Director: this is one volunteer that takes care of an estimate of 150 volunteers but can pinpoint whose voice would be the best storyteller for the special number and then also provide the support in the form of a band to give the needed climax and tension the song needs to convey the message. This is a small picture of a shepherd taking care of the flock, knowing each by name.
EGSI: they work harder and longer than any volunteer. The Fix-It Felixes, runners, height-climbers and overall helpers are rarely in sight when all the work is done. They stay hidden until they see a need for something to be done that might have been missed out or probably sprung out of nowhere. Without them, the work of the volunteers mentioned above would all be in vain.
There are many names and faces of these unsung heroes that work every day to make our Sunday and Youth Services quite an experience. It’s kind of hard to miss, but the word “volunteer/s” has been used quite a lot. Having said that, all these volunteers bring in their gifts, not just to used or to share and learn but more importantly, to work as a team. A team that recognizes and utilizes each other’s strengths, working together to bring different measures of gifting of different skills for one purpose and that is to serve God.
Service. Lights. Showtime.
1 Peter 4:10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.