I was starting to make a list of everything Art Ministry has done this past year, and I amazed myself.
What has Art Ministry done this year?
Looking back on 2015 (and the last few months of 2014), this has been a tremendously growthful and innovative period. At the end of 2014 we completely rebuilt our World Communion Sunday globes using sturdier materials, and likewise replaced our Advent installation paper hangings with satin fabric. An animated star field was created and projected on the ceiling during Christmas Eve services.
In 2015, we recreated our origami doves using acid-free paper to resist yellowing over time. For Pentecost we created eight foot diameter paintings of flaming doves and scripture on canvas, using the World Communion globes as a base for the new art. We also created an installation of flame colored organza covering the rear wall of the sanctuary.
Ordinary Time saw the installation of two new eight by twelve foot green banners with the cross dyed into each, also on the rear wall, to complement those on the front wall. During the Summer, a Goliath-sized King David was constructed of Falconboard (an extremely heavy cardboard), made into a chalkboard with chalkboard paint, and adorned by the children week by week with items to accompany the David stories: a sling, a crown, etc. In addition the kids used chalk to add their personal touches to the figure.
Two eight by twelve foot banners were produced for Vacation Bible School, and a series of structures was created for Children’s Sabbath, including a walk-in Daniel’s Lion’s Den, Tower of Babel, and Walls of Jericho.
Advent 2015 saw yet more enhancements to the installation, as the fabric at the front of the sanctuary was extended with white panels. A new installation, the Advent calendar, also designed for interactivity with the kids and the congregation, was built and is in use at this writing.
Art Ministry produced an ePub, an electronic, downloadable catalog detailing all the major installations. It is available on the iTunes store and part of the proceeds go the church.
The iPad was introduced as a tool in conjunction with the projector to initiate an on-the-fly, draw-the-sermon experience, with great success. The process will be repeated for the 5:00pm Christmas Eve service.
The church’s Christmas card was produced as an emailable html card, with graphics and news of Christmas happenings.
Connections, the weekly electronic calendar, passed its 300th issue.
We continue to maintain, enhance and upgrade all existing installations on a regular basis. Our work can be seen on the Art Ministry website