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should local church dance teams minister evry week; your thoughts....what works for you?
Topic Started: Feb 19 2006, 09:00 AM (5,250 Views)
HelenaZF
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Does your dance team :danceteam: minister in your church's weekly worship service? Or are your contributions occasional, regular (but not weekly) or only on special holidays?

Are you happy or unhappy with the arrangement? Why?


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Oddly, the board wouldn't allow me to start a topic in the Guest Book forum but will allow me to post elsewhere. :)

Anyway, thank you for the forum, I think it will be very useful. I found out about it on the Worship Leader email List.

We do not have a dance ministry at our church, however, we do have several little girls who spontaneouly break out into dance every now and then! B) The pastor loves it and no one has yet spoken out against it. An amazing thing in this very conservative church. The pastor and I have talked about it and agreed that it is right to allow it and encourage it when it occurs.

In His Grace and Joy,
Sylvia

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HelenaZF
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Welcome Sylvia! How wonderful that children are allowed to express their worship through spontaneous dance at your church. Kids are very sensitive to the Spirit, and it's such a natural response for them. :twirl:

Unless we mess it up. Oy. :oy:

As to the posting issue you mention, I think what probably happened was that you registered before you tried to post in the guest register. I hadn't anticipated that, so I'll fix things so that doesn't happen to someone else. Thanks for mentioning it!
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DeanZF
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I absolutely LOVE the cyber-dance team shown in the original post. What a HOOT! Helena has almost as much fun finding smilies as she does in worshiping our Lord.

I'm curious to find out how many folks have dance ministry as a part of the greater worship team concept, as well as how many actually have freedom to minister on a weekly, "as the Lord leads" basis.

Blessings!

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Blessings!

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Sylvia
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Look what a friend sent me.........I loaded it on my web site so I could share it with you...


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Just to answer your question....NO Dancing at our church. We go to a Southern Baptist Church ....they are finally getting into some more contemporary music but dancing is a long way off. Our Music minister doesn't really have a problem with it but some of the older folks would probably croak if someone broke out in dance. We have a new, young pastor who is really on fire and people have actually started to raise thier hands etc...amazing.
So just keep us in prayer......I am hoping for dance in the futre
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HelenaZF
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In our church a CEC (Charismatic Episcopal Church) Cathedral, our dance team ministers on the first Sunday of each month. We call it "Celebration Sunday". In between, I'm free to interject movement myself (which I do with flags, banners, and intepretive dance), but am not permitted to include the dance team. We do additional ministry at holidays and provincial convocations when invited. The leadership seems happy with that arrangement. :bishop:

I'm at peace with it, myself. Although I believe that expressive movement can be appropriate anytime worship is happening, that is not the view of our leadership. One of the reasons I have been given is that they think the congregation will get tired of it if it is a part of every service.

We have a small but mighty and very committed team of seasoned dance/intercessors who are willing to function according to the desires of the leadership. They are a great model of meekness (strength under control) and because of that, I know the Lord honors the worship offerings of our team.
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HelenaZF
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love the twirling dancer, Sylvia!

Just found these circle dancer smilies....aren't they cute?

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I'm part of the dance team leadership at our Messianic Synagogue, Or Ha Olam in Overland Park, KS. Our worship time is awesome! I've never been in a 'church' quite like this before!

With our new team leader we are moving into garmenting and more interpretive movement. Our congregation has been using circle dance as part of the worship since its beginning 10 years ago. We also have a congregational line dance every week that is very popular. :yayisrael:
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We don't have any dance team at our church, more's the pity, but whenever I'm there, I always use flags for every song and sometimes move from my allotted space beside the podium (we have an unusual triangular shaped podium) to centre front with some songs. Space is a bit limited there and there are often kiddies on the floor playing with their stuff so I have to be ultra careful which rather interrupts the flow of the Spirit.

However, when we sing some of the more traditional hymns which defy my usual kind of flagging, I might use what I call "Presenting the Battle Standard of God" where I bunch the material up onto the pole and hold it up like the battle standards you see displayed in castles and places. I usually use at least two, sometimes three and occasionally four flags for this and parade back and forth and turn around, holding them as high as I can, presenting them to the people during the singing. Very effective.

Other times I use the flag(s) whilst the pastor or someone else is praying. Then I may turn and turn, holding the flag horizontal at arms length and 'fly' it like an aeroplane wing but as slowly as I can, just enough to keep it flying. Or I might hold the pole horizontally, holding it with both hands with the material hanging down in front of me and just waft it to and fro. The colours, of course, are important to emphasis the subject of the prayer.

BTW Sylvia - that piccy is really lovely!
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Hello, everyone, glad to meet you all. My name is Margolit, and I was told about this website by HelenaZF, and am happy to be on a site devoted to Dance!

First, by way of introduction, let me say that I attend a Messianic Synagogue here in NY, where I've been dancing for and with the L-rd for over 16 years now, and am currently a co-leader of the dance ministry.

Dance has always been an integral part of our worship service. We minister every week. There is an area up front for dancing, as well as space in the back for those who don't dance, or wish to worship more privately, as well as for the younger children with adult supervision. We do all kinds of dancing, from line to circle. And many dances are interchangeable. :twirl:

Over the years, visitors and guests, as well as members, have told us how much our dance has blessed them, and/or ministered to them, and given them a new way to draw closer to the L-rd. :innocent:

As you can guess, pretty much most of our music is Messianic, Israeli folk and/or traditional Jewish, but we do use non-Messianic music in our congregation as well. Even many of these songs have choreography.

Our worship time is wonderful! It starts with upbeat, faster-paced praise songs, and brings us down to slower more worshipful music just before our congregational leader (whose wife leads the worship team) gets ready to speak.

Oops, didn't mean to go on so long.

Dancin' for and with Yeshua,

Margolit

"Dance with me, Oh lover of my Soul.....to the Song of all Songs".
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HelenaZF
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Margolit, I'm so happy you have joined us, and am looking forward to hearing your perspective in our discussions.

We have several other members who belong to messianic congregations here who I'm sure you will recognize at the first Shalom!

One of the things I have always loved about messianic gatherings is that most are not afraid to spend time in worship, usually going long beyond the 10-15 minutes most congregations alot. The "3 songs and we're out" thing is so frustrating. How can you get all your praising in on one song, all your worshipping in on the second song, and then all your (you may only pick one here: ministry time/thanksgiving/rejoicing) in on the third song? It takes time to be spiritually washed, focused and yielded to what God is doing in the worship time.

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I agree, Helena!

Our worship time lasts 45 min. to close to an hour.

You need time to "immerse" yourself in the Ruach HaKodesh.....to be cleansed, if you will, in body, mind and spirit. And some days, I find I need more time to release it than the first 2-3 songs allow.

For me, dance also serves as a catharsis, a release that nothing else can affect. To lose oneself in the dance, in the pure worship it offers, is liike nothing else in the world. It's especially true with dances you know and have often done before....not necessarily because its done by rote, but because knowing the steps allows your spirit (and your mind) the freedom to be more open for what the Ruach wants to do in and for you. You can do the steps without having to constantly be aware of what comes next where or when.

How many of you have suddenly felt Yeshua's presence in your midst as you dance? Or experienced an unexpected surge of such joy that you can't help but laugh out loud? Many times this occurs during what I call the "cool down" from praise to worship music, when the L-rd's presence is palpable, well into the worship. The focus of dance changes, becomes more prayerful, more personal, more one-on-one.

I am truly thankful that the L-rd has honored me with the gift of being able to worship Him in this way. And I definitely look forward to dancing with Him on "the streets that are golden", as the song says!

"Dance with me, Oh lover of my Soul.....to the Song of all Songs".
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Lovely to hear from you, Margolit, and what lovely things you describe. There's just nothing like the feedback you get from the Lord when you're dancing, or flagging, or ...... anything - oops! I'm off again!! :snoopy:
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we have a dance team at our church, that was started by our pastor, many many many years ago, i am now dance leader and because she has the heart of a dancer she allows us to minister every service, we are considered as part of the whole praise team(musicians and singers). we worship freely, and spontaneously as the spirit leads us, but because we flow heavily in this area, choreography happens only for special events.
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