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A couple of things that I’m proud about last week’s Fine Arts Day Camp at my church:

  • The great leadership by our own Karen Johnson (who is a vital part of our staff).
  • The tremendous amount of talent and heart that went into the week.
  • The hundreds of volunteers that gave of their time.
  • The way the various Worship & Art Ministries worked together to encourage, train and equip the children. Worship & Arts ministries that participated were music, drama, dance, visual arts and technical arts (my team).
  • My staff and the youth that served in tech all around the campus throughout the week. There were rooms all over the campus using sound, video and lights.
  • My technical arts volunteers that came out Friday to serve for the end of the week musical.
  • I’m most proud that all this happened while I was in South Carolina. True leadership is working yourself out of a job. This was a huge deal and I was able to be away and see my team flourish. I thank God for the team I get to lead!

The set built by our Visual Arts team, led by Aaron Bensko, and the lighting done by our own Scott Row:

Side close-up view of the set:

This is what 400 kids on the stage looks like:

At Bent Tree our Visual Arts team has been busy on a few projects. Remember the giant door? It’s now hanging in our community space (see above). They are also working on hanging giant windows with various pictures in them around our campus.

Later this month, they will be busy designing the set for our Fine Arts Day Camp (pics of that to follow afterwards). For the Fall, they are working on something special for our official “Grand Opening” in September and a look for our seeker series entitled “Pennies on the Track”. Below is an early idea (this photo was taken by our Visual Arts Coordinator, Aaron Bensko).

Aaron and his team just finished a cool project. They painted a giant hand on a wall they built for the back of our stage. What was really cool was that they revealed what the picture was week by week. It started out just a white wall, then a white wall with a few painted squares on it. Each week the Visual Arts team would reveal more of the picture. Last week the hand was revealed fully for the first time. Where did the hand come from? Aaron took a picture of our Audio Coordinator, Tom, holding his hand up. Our team of painters made the magic happen based off that picture.

Here is the wall they built and fastened to our back wall:

Here is stage two:

Here is the hand coming together:

Putting the finishing touches on:

And they’re done:

Here are some different looks of the set/stage during worship yesterday:

Here is a close-up look of a dance we did during the song “None But Jesus”: