Monday, January 21, 2013

Understudies "Break Their Legs"

In theater, an understudy is a performer who learns the lines and blocking/choreography of a regular actor or actress in a play. Should the regular actor or actress be unable to appear on stage because of illness or emergencies, the understudy takes over the part. This week in children's ministry (Kidslife at Lakewood) two "regular actors" fell ill and were unable to appear on stage causing 2 understudies to take center stage.
Under the direction of the multi-talented David Bowman, our task was to help ministry leaders teach the kids about determination: determination is deciding it's worth it to finish what you started. Specifically this presentation was about showing determination when sticking by someone in need.
The characters included a prim and proper credible host, Grace, and her comical assistant "The Grace Whisperer" . They warmed up the audience for the sketch which included a nervous Gordo, played by Javier Frutos, too scared to show determination in the "Science Fair Dance-Off" and his friend, played by David Pineda, determined to stick with him in his time of need. The final character in the sketch was the chameleon, Marlaina Smith as the Science Fair master of ceremonies!
Breaking up the sketch was the Good Book Look which focused on the story of Ruth. Ruth is interviewed by “Fancy Grace”, played by understudy Jeanicia Elder. Just like Nancy Grace, Fancy discusses issues from what she calls a victims' rights standpoint, with an outspoken style. The victim according to  Fancy is Naomi but Boaz, played by understudy David Bowman, arrives on the scene to debunk the accusation.
In the end the kids responded well to the presentation. They were engaged, entertained, and enlightened. The understudies and everyone involved broke their legs FIGURATIVELY of course! Until next blog, follow the Backstage Pass to see where we are ministering next!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Seeking the Kingdom

Matthew 6:30-33 reminds us that since God gives such attention to the appearance of birds and flowers we should rest knowing he’ll attend to us. Consequently it is futile to be  preoccupied with getting because all of our everyday human concerns will be met. That passage sums up the Lakewood Player’s Testimony.

Every month we minister to the children at Lakewood Church through Kidslife. Though rewarding the team prayed for opportunities to minister to adults inside and outside of the walls of the church. So in addition to weekly workshops, leadership and individuals started preparing sketches and presentations suitable for adult audiences.

In the past 2 years the Lakewood Players have had opportunities to minister in inner city neighborhoods through "Lakewood Live" events, to senior citizens in facilitated care, and in the streets. In turn ministries within the church sought after this unique way of presenting the Gospel.

We have had a chance to minister to almost every demographic. Every other week we partner with the Freedom Series in their monday night "Love Your Marriage Class" where real issues are tackled to help couples have a better marriage whether they are struggling, rejoicing, or embarking. Connect with us at our facebook page to find ministry dates and other information!

We are ready to experience the shift because the best is yet to come!