Audio Visual Workshop (Movement)
Summary of Lesson Activities:
The children will begin to learn Psalm 100 by learning and applying the verses of the psalm to a praise song. They will also learn about different approaches to the use of song and dance in worship, by seeing a video with different approaches to worship and creating their own worship to a praise song by dancing in Body Sox™.
For scripture and objectives, see above.
- Read the scripture for this lesson.
- Read and reflect on the overview material provided for this lesson.
- Gather the materials.
- CD player
- Bibles (for 3rd grade and up)
- Flip chart, appropriate markers
- TV/DVD player
- One copy of Sister Act (DVD)
- Body Sox™ (tubes made of a very stretchy Lycra material)
- Sheet music to Come into God’s Presence Singing
- Words and sign language to use for Come into God’s Presence Singing (see attached)
- CD of dance song Lovely Noise – from Serengeti Trek VBS (2005)
Before Start of Class:
- Watch the DVD “Sister Act” before class to pinpoint pause places in the clip. [The clip begins right at the beginning of scene 17, "Hail, Holy Queen"]
- On the flip chart write the words to be used with the song Come into God’s Presence Singing. You may wish to write the words to be signed in a different color marker.
- Make a space big enough for the kids to move with the Body Sox™.
- Set up the DVD player so that the “Sister Act” clip is easily accessible.
- Place the Body Sox™ in a place that is easily accessible. [Notice that there are different sizes. You may wish to organize them by size.]
- Arrange Bibles in a circle (where students will sit - for 3rd grade and up).
Opening- Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet your students warmly, introducing yourself and any other adults. Welcome everyone to the Audio Visual Workshop.
Say: (Showing the flip chart, the “Sister Act” DVD box and one of the body sox to the kids) What do you think these things have in common – words to a psalm, a movie and this piece of fabric – with the sanctuary of our church? They all show different ways we can worship God! Before we get started, let’s begin with prayer.
Ask for any prayer requests. Ask if anyone would like to lead the group in prayer. Be prepared to say a prayer yourself, working in prayer requests. Use the Lord’s Prayer as the ending. A suggestion: “Dear God, Thank you for bringing us all here together to learn about worshiping you. (End with with the Lord’s Prayer) Amen”.
Pass around a basket to collect any offering.
[Note: The Shepherd will be quietly taking care of attendance, etc. while you are starting your lesson.]
Dig- Main Content and Reflection:
Ask: In this rotation we are studying Psalm 100.
Where do we find Psalms?
Say: Psalms is easy to find because it is right in the middle of the Bible.
What part of the Bible contains Psalms? (The Old Testament)
For 3rd grade and up:
Have the kids find Psalm 100 and read the passage.
For 1st and 2nd grade:
Read the passage to the kids.
For all students:
Ask: What is this psalm telling us to do? What are some of the actions? (Shout for joy, worship with gladness, come before the Lord with joyful songs, enter his gates with thanksgiving, give thanks to him, praise his name)
Ask: Is the author of this psalm asking us politely to do these things, or is he TELLING us to do them firmly? (There should be no politeness about this – these are imperative commands! The author wants us to experience the joy and passion of worship)
Can we do these things without being in the sanctuary?
Say: There are many, many ways to worship and sitting in the sanctuary on Sunday is only one way….we are going to experience some other ways to worship today. The first one uses a song about Psalm 100 – we are going to learn the sign language for the song as a way to learn Psalm 100. Learning this psalm is a great way to remind us how and when to worship.
See attached words to song with the corresponding sign language for the song “Come into God’s Presence Singing”. Try to encourage the kids to sing the song from memory if they can. After about 10 minutes of learning the signs and singing, have the kids sit down and watch the “Sister Act” clip. This clip is about 5 minutes long. Give the kids the following information about the clip:
Say: We are going to watch a scene from the movie “Sister Act” – this is a movie about learning how to worship God with joy and excitement! In the first part of this scene you will hear the nuns sing a song during church – as you listen to this, think about these questions:
- Are the nuns worshiping God?
- Watch how they sing.
- How does the Mother Superior look after she hears this song?
Show the first part of the clip. [The clip begins right at the beginning of scene 17, "Hail, Holy Queen"] Then stop before the second rendition of the song, when it becomes more upbeat. Talk about the questions:
- Are the nuns worshiping God? (This is certainly one way to worship God – be sure to emphasize with the kids that this is not wrong – it simply follows a more traditional mode of worship singing.)
- Do they sing as you expected them to – formally and with little movement?
- How does the Mother Superior (the nun in the congregation) look after she hears this hymn? (Make sure you include the shot of the Mother Superior before pausing the clip – she is very pleased about this kind of worship.)
Prepare to show the second part of the clip and ask the kids to think about these questions:
- Watch for the changes in singing – what happens to the tempo?
- How are the nuns moving?
- Who comes into the service? And why?
- How does the Mother Superior look after this version of the hymn?
(If time is running short – consider only showing a portion of this 2nd clip, long enough for the students to see the difference.)
Watch the second clip and discuss the questions:
- What happened to the tempo of the song? (It becomes very upbeat and more Motown in flavor)
- How are the nuns moving differently? (They are swinging with the music, clapping their hands, maybe even dancing a little! It is important to point out to the kids, though, that the nuns also looked very happy and worshipful in the first part of the clip – again it was not a wrong way to worship, just more traditional)
- Who comes into the church service? (Teenagers from the street who hear singing)
- Why do you suppose they came in? (Answers vary – maybe they were curious about the music)
- How does the Mother Superior look after this version of the song? (She is not very pleased!)
- Why do you suppose she looked this way? (Answers vary)
- Do you suppose the second way was a wrong way to worship? (Allow all answers)
Ask: Think about Psalm 100 and the actions we find in the Psalm: SHOUT for JOY, WORSHIP with GLADNESS, come with JOYFUL SONGS. Did we see the nuns following these directions?
Say: Now you are going to get your own chance to follow Psalm 100. We are going to make up a dance to a song we learned in vacation Bible camp a couple of years ago. We are going to dance in a special way, though – with Body Sox!
Have the kids listen to the song once through, then talk about different actions they could perform – there are ideas below. Next, explain how the body sox work – help the kids put them on.
Important: have them take off their shoes first!
Body Sox (Movement)
Rules for wearing body sox:
- move safely so you and others don't get hurt and
- no talking (use your body to show your feelings).
Try the different motions with the music.
Actions to go with “Lovely Noise”:
- Stretching up arms and reaching from side to side
- Jumping jacks inside the body sox
- Bending and touching toes
- Performing a “wave” motion – one kid starts an action and the others follow, one by one – this can work with many kinds of motions
This song has several pairings of words in the lyrics: rich/poor, weak/strong, short/long, up/down, square/round – these could easily be translated into motions
Let the kids enjoy the Body Sox. Leave time for closing.
- What were some of the ways we worshiped God today?
- Which ones did you like best and why?
- Why do you think we worship God in these ways?
- What are some ways to worship God that we didn’t explore?
- What DID we do in class today that was pleasing to God?
Say: Let’s close with a prayer: Dear God, we love you and want to worship you in ways that are joyful and exciting – help us to remember that you are good all the time. Watch over this week as we work, play and worship you. Amen.
Ask the kids to help clean up, putting away any supplies.
Attachment: Words and sign language to use for Come into God’s Presence Singing
(bold words are signed)
Shout for joy to the Lord,
All the earth,
All the earth,
All the earth.
Shout – curl one hand in a megaphone shape and extend the hand from the mouth to fully straight arm.
Lord – the L sign is moved diagonally across the body from shoulder to hip
Earth – the thumb and middle finger pinch the side of the opposite wrist
Poster’s note: just the first verse of the song is included here due to copyright issues. There are five verses. Just teach younger kids two verses.
- “Sister Act” DVD Copyright 1992, Walt Disney Video
- “Come into God’s Presence Singing” Words:Anonymous, Music:Anonymous – arr. By John D. Horman. Copyright 2003, Abingdon Press
- “Lovely Noise” by Gregg and Rebecca Sparks. Copyright 1999, worshiptogether.com Songs/ASCAP. Administered by EMI CMG Publishing
A lesson written by Debbie Houghton and Carol Hulbert from: First UMC
Ann Arbor, MI
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