St.Paul A.M.E African Methodist Episcopal Church Serving Christ By serving all

Majesty Liturgical Dance Ministry 

Acknowledging our bodies as temples “holy and acceptable unto God,” the Majesty Liturgical Dance Ministry offers praise to God through dance. This ministry is open to youth and adults; no prior dance training is required. Children under 12 may participate with permission from the ministry leader. All are encouraged to worship and praise God through movement.

The Liturgical Dance Ministry serves as an integral part of the Performing Arts Ministry and is instrumental in interpreting the Word through movement with a focus on praise and worship, warfare, deliverance, edification, and healing. This ministry strives to equip men, women and children with the knowledge and understanding of God’s purpose for dance in the worship experience as they fulfill the Lord’s Great Commission using dance as their weapon and/or tool.

Understanding the Skills, Principles, and Guidelines of Liturgical Dance

Children remember ten percent of what they are told, sixty percent of what they see, and ninety percent of what they do. Television and computers have made us a people dependent on visual stimulation. These facts help to justify the inclusion of the arts in worship and religious education. If our faith, heritage, and value systems are to be perpetuated, they must be internalized in ways that will succeed in an experiential world. The arts answer this need, illuminating and illustrating our faith stories, Scriptures, and moral teaching as the child participates in the production of dances, dramas, or visual arts.

The arts give children, youth, and adults experiences that become ends in themselves. They learn to praise, pray to, and worship God through the arts. While having these experiences, they also are learning the following:

  • Cooperation and Interdependence
  • Self-reliance and Self-esteem
  • Coordination and Dexterity
  • Creativity and Discipline
  • Memory and Physical Skills
  • Fitness and Healthy Fun
  • Rhythm and Sequence
  • Spatial and Human Relations
  • Patience and Dependability
  • Confidence to Work Alone
  • Confidence to Work in Front of Others to Witness and to Celebrate.

Many Christian educators believe that an important objective of religious training is to teach children and youth how to worship. By having ongoing groups, rehearsals can become classes where children are prepared to become part of the worshiping community; where Scripture is studied while technique is taught; and where a graded body of increasingly significant material is used for the dances that are created.

Sis. Donna Bell, Director