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Standing on the Mountain Top: Never Once part one

TeachingPosted by Anna Mon, September 23, 2013 12:08:34

Welcome to post one in the Never Once series, come and join us and stand on the Mountain Top.

Standing on the Mountain Top

‘Lord, when you favoured me, you made my royal mountain stand firm…’ Psalm 30.7

Each of us is unique, that’s what the Bible says and that is true; because each of us are unique, each of us have something different to tell about our journey and our life story. Do you think you have a ‘good testimony’? What do you class as a good testimony? When there is a call at the front of church for people who may have testimony to share, do you shy away from it, think that you haven’t had that big, amazing moment that some people talk of therefore your testimony isn't ‘worthy’ enough to be shared? That’s so wrong, there is no one that said that testimony has to have a big WOW factor.

The essence of a testimony is celebrating what God has done, however big or small, it’s declaring when you accepted that God was a faithful God or when life was just all too much and you wanted to walk away. It can be praying for a parking space and you get one, it could be offering to help a friend that couldn't do things alone.

Your testimony is what you choose to make it. God always brings us from one place and takes us to the next; He will always take us further still.

Think about your testimony, where has God brought you from? These are some of the responses we got at the workshop:

Now, if you are someone who has flag, go and get it, if not grab a piece of free flowing material. Pick it up and start moving slowly around and watch how the material flares and moves. Is it a little or lot? Try moving at different speeds and watch the differences in what happens with the material. Begin to play with bigger/ exaggerated movements, using the whole body and different levels. Always keep focused on the material, not the movement.

Notice the effects that happen with the material, the rippling, flaring, crumpling and more. Our testimony can combine all of those things, each unique depending on how you move as an individual. God is the one that creates the ripples and waves in our testimony, he is always with us.

One lady made the comment, that even when you stand still, there is still an effect that is happening with the material.

Thank God, that you can stand on the mountain top and see where you have come from, there might be mist in the direction that you've got to go forward into, but remember that God is with you in all that is to come.

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Topics for the coming weeks...

TeachingPosted by Anna Mon, September 23, 2013 10:55:20
So what struck me over this weekend is how beneficial it would be to run some 'mini-series' on topics and teachings that I am not only delivering at the moment but also provide encouragement on dancing with children in worship dance and movement. Check out below a bit more information about the two mini-series planned so far...

This week we are looking at 'Never Once' our own personal journey about identifying and accepting that God is in all of our battles, we never walk alone and that he is a faithful God, worthy of being praised endlessly. This series comes off the back off the workshop we had on Friday for the September Living Colour SEED workshop, at Emmanuel Church. It was a great evening, with God moving, speaking and touching each person there. We are going to unpack some of what was done during the workshop. I challenge you to answer the questions that are posed and do the exercises.

Next week we are going to skim the surface about working with children in worship dance and movement. It really will be a skim the surface as there is so much to share, but we'll touch upon -
- igniting children's creativity
- interacting with children
- investing in children
These are all topics that we will look into practically at our training days we have planned for next year, sign up for our newsletter here to be the first to here more about this.

All that's left to say is -

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The Placement of Our Feet

TeachingPosted by Anna Tue, May 14, 2013 17:41:53
Over the past couple of days I have had several conversations with people that seemed to pick up on a similar theme regarding their our own personal development and equipping of skills. Although individuals recognise that they have a desire to share, they feel some what 'dry' because they can't expand what they are doing due to a lack of knowledge, or what one might call 'a movement bank'. Some topics which may come under this revolve around having the right foundation, or knowing the right 'basics' of dance.

Whilst I can not cover all the themes in today's post. I want to highlight just one to start off with, that being the 'placement of our feet'. This is not only fundamental in a dancing sense, but also in our faith.

In dancing, aligning our feet in the right way, enables the rest of the body - bones and muscles to sit in the right place. Think of a corkscrew, the deeper it goes into the cork, the better grip it has within the cork. However if you put the corkscrew in wrong, the cork can break (not good!) or can come out at an angle.

In contemporary dance, parallel position, is the starting point of most movements. Why don't you try your own parallel position and see what it looks like. Consider some of the following:

Imagine two parallel lines drawn down in the inside of each of you feet. Spread your toes, so your weight is distributed evenly between the ball of the foot and the heel. Position your hips directly above so your weight is in the middle, bend the knees slightly. From the hips, tuck the pelvis under and straighten the back. Relax the shoulders down and think about lengthening the neck away from your centre. To hold this position, your stomach muscles, butt muscles and back muscles should all be engaged!

In faith, we don't necessarily know where we are walking, but we do know that God want's us to be ready for when we do walk. In Joshua it says -

'I will give you every place where you set your foot...'

God knows where we are walking, however to walk the best, we need to have a good foundation, our feet need to be fitted with readiness to go where ever. To do that we have to trust God with the skills that he gives us, and be willing to build on them and develop as we feel called to.

How are the placement of your feet?

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Sharing Skills

TeachingPosted by Anna Thu, May 09, 2013 23:09:15
I had a very exciting meeting today with Llyndyn Kapsalis, who is the lady that heads up Deo Gloria at Emmanuel Church. Herself and the group have been offered the opportunity to take over something uC Grace has been involved in since 2010.

For the past three years I have worked with Guildford Diocese during their summer term alongside some of their year 6 schools to put together dances to be shared during worship at their Year 6 Leaver's Services at Guildford Cathedral.

This year with the many changes I have had going on and not knowing quite where I would be, I agreed to pass on the baton to someone else; Deo Gloria. Llyndyn was very excited by this opportunity as she felt the God was leading the group to some how get involved with schools work and this was a opening that God was providing.

Despite passing the opportunity onto to Llyndyn and the rest of the Deo Gloria dance group, I was very keen to still outwork the values of uC Grace dance.

~ Encouraging ~ Growing ~ Releasing ~

Today's meeting was spent guiding and providing ideas of how Llyndyn could develop the work with schools from the initial contact moment through to delivery and on the day. The exciting thing is encouraging Llyndyn to grow in the skills she has, not only as a choreographer but also as teacher and dance artist.

It was clear that there were to be lots more moments of sharing and passing on information. But for me it indicated that one of the SEEDs that had been planted was already starting to flourish and grow.

When new things start to grow and develop, they need encouragement, water and vitamins. Over the coming months uC Grace is looking forward to guiding, mentoring and sharing the skills it has with Llyndyn.

I wonder who you could share the skills you have with? Who could you get alongside and help to encourage, grow and release.

Llyndyn leads Deo Gloria at Emmanuel Church on Monday evenings, watch out soon for an interview with her.

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