I’m finally getting round to sorting through some of the
dance videos I have (yay), and today I want to share with you about ‘Boldly
approaching the throne’. This was a dance that we explored whilst away on the
dance retreat back in March and was also used at the latest Moving Rainbows
session at the beginning of April.
The main aim was to consider how we approach the throne, how
we can be in fellowship with another, supporting one another and have a time
just dancing together.
I find it incredible to see how God speaks movements to
individuals that mould together into a dance to demonstrate his love,
compassion and steadfastness.
At the retreat we did a lot of work in groups that helped to
emphasise different bits of the verses, and use layers of movements such as
canon, freezes and unison. We wanted to demonstrate the connection in movement
(having contact with another person during the movement as much as possible),
as a reflection of how we can keep connected with God, but recognise that
sometimes even if we loose connection, it can be found again.
In Moving Rainbows we encouraged each child to think about
the words of the song, to stand, lie, balance and turn in the first verse,
before coming together in groups in the second and use flags in the 3rd.
But if we walk in the light, as
he is in the light, we have fellowship
with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1.7
The bit that I feel is really important in this dance is the
chorus, moving forward together, welcoming one another before the throne and
being free in it. Check out Hannah and Janes face as they spin round at the
Do you boldly approach the throne?
Why not take a breath, walk forward and smile, and choose
someone to do it with!
Summer holidays are
here and we have some great activities lined up that we would love to see you
at. So why not get yourself or your child booked on.
Our 25% off offer for our children's activities
has finished but we are still taking bookings, however the full price is now
Moving Rainbows: 5—11 year olds Monday 11th and Tuesday 12th August
Time: 2.30—5pm. Full Price: £25,
siblings £20 for 2 days Venue: QE Park Centre, Railton Road, Guildford Surrey, GU2 9LX
We are going to jump into the story of Joseph, with all of it's colour, fun,
dancing and creativity, with some craft along the way too. No previous dance
experience is necessary, just enthusiasm and smiles. Parents will be invited at
the end of the Tuesday session to see some of what the children have been up
to. Registration from 2.20pm each day.
One Big Rainbow: Under 5s and parents/ carers Tuesday 12th August
Time: 1pm—2pm. Full price: £6 Venue: QE Park Centre, Railton Road Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9LX
Join us for a fun filled hour of craft, movement and games. Children will have
the opportunity to make and create with mess and creativity in a safe
Older siblings are welcome, but spaces maybe limited, same price still applies.
A fruit snack will be available at the end of the session too. Registration from 12.50pm.
We have a small amount of funding available to assist those families who can’t
afford the full the cost but would still like their child to attend, contact
Anna for more info and a chat.
To book your child on to either of the above activities - Visit bookwhen.com/ucgrace
Then complete the online booking form displayed at the end of the bookwhen.com process.
All Age Outdoor Dance Worship Workshop Tuesday 12th August
Time: 7pm - 9pm. Price: Adults £5, under 10s £2.50 Venue: Stoke Park, Guildford, Surrey (Advisable to park along
London Road and head towards the dip with woods.)
During the summer we are going to take the opportunity to take our workshop
outdoors and embrace the British (!) weather and Gods creation. This is open to
ALL AGES and abilities. But we ask that under 10s are accompanied
by an adult (they don't have to join in, but can watch) and if they need to
leave before the end that's fine. It will be a lovely opportunity to gather
across the ages, there will be praying, moving, dancing, talking, sharing and
lots of fun on a journey with God together.
You don't have to book, but it's great if we know numbers, so please let us
know via phone (07920 405512), email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or bookwhen.com/ucgrace.
Our next workshops are coming up this weekend and we would
love to see as many of you as possible, we have use of a lovely space a Christ’s
College, Guildford this month for our Living Colour workshops – adults and
young people welcome, and are back at the QE Park Centre for our Moving
Rainbows ones for children on Monday.
Living Colour Dance
class - 7 - 8pm. £2 Living Colour SEED
workshop - 8 - 9.30pm. £4 *Friday 9th May
@ Christ's College, Larch Avenue, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1JY
No experience is necessary for either session. Wear comfortable clothing
and bring a drink. The workshop theme will be 'Shake the Heavens'. Feel free to just
Moving with a Strong
Foundation dance day. 10am - 4.30pm. £10 - £20 if booked
before. £25 on the door. *Saturday 10th May @
Christ's College, Larch Avenue, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1JY
you a DANCER? A MOVER? Curious about DANCING? Passionate
about your FAITH? Passionate about WORSHIP? Want to know more
about DANCING in CHURCH and WORSHIP? No
experience necessary. Explore what the Bible says about movement and understand
and explore moving in the Holy Spirit. Wear comfortable clothing and bring
a drink and a pack lunch.
Please email email@example.com, or call 07920
405512. Booking is recommended so we have enough resources for everyone.
note - on Friday we are dancing in the dance studio and on Saturday, the
morning is in the dance studio and the afternoon in the sports hall. Signs will
be up directing you. Parking is available at the rear of the college, entry is
also at the rear of the building (you can park at the front but you will need
to walk round the back). The entry door will be manned from 10 minutes before
each session on Friday and from 9.30am on Saturday, if no one is there, please
call my mobile – 07920 405512, the number will be on the door too.
Under 5s - 3.40 - 4.20pm. £4.50
5 - 7 year olds - 4.20 - 5.15pm. £6
8 - 11 year olds - 5.15 - 6.15pm. £6 Monday 12th May
@ QE Park Centre, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 9JX.
Dance and craft workshops where your children can move, make and create using
themes and stories as inspiration.
advised via bookwhen.com/ucgrace, or
phone or email.
Workshops and EventsPosted by Anna Sun, April 20, 2014 21:27:53 Today is Easter Sunday. A real celebration in the Christian calender and probably a day I love more than Christmas Day. I find it so exciting, and today was just as exciting as ever, as the group Blurred Edges, one of our SEED groups were performing at Guildford Baptist Church their first dance. They had done two previous performances in the preceding couple of weeks in other places of a dance called Oceans, but this was the first time they were doing something actually in the church service.
I felt really honoured to be there and see it, was quite a change from being involved, but so much enjoyable, and I was so excited for them. They performed with a live band and choir, I managed to get a few pictures, the one I love the most is the seniors pastors response when they did a small lift. See if you can spot it, I've zoomed in as much as possible. The service was very busy, but I managed to sneak in and find a pot right a the back. Got the video too, so that will make an appearance at some point soon!
April is zooming up really quickly and there are still lots of spaces on the Treasure and Truth dance and movement retreat that is happening at the end of April and we need you to help us to get the word out.
I took a step of faith organising and putting the retreat into place, people said they wanted it, and I felt God nudging me to do it. So now I have a little plea, I really need YOU to help me spread the word and encourage people to come. I truly believe that God is speaking and opening up people's hearts to come, but some people just need a few more nudges and encouragements!
So here's a bit more inside information about the weekend and what we are going to be getting up to!
Who is is for? It is for anyone who has a passion for their faith and worship. You can have lots of experience of dance or no experience. Men and women are welcome and so are young people (get in touch for a specific price if under 18 years).
What will we be doing? The precise full programme is still to be set, but is likely to include an evening workshop/ meeting on Friday and Saturday morning, free time/ reflection space and some optional workshops on Saturday afternoon, and then a further workshop/ meeting on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. We hope to have some people join us for live worship on the Sunday morning where we also take communion together. There will be a mixture of taught dance and space to create own, with individual and groups tasks. Come with an open heart to let God heal, restore and bring peace. There will also be a prayer/ movement space that will hopefully be open 24/7.
Where is it happening? Kings Park Conference Centre, Kings Park Road, Northampton, NN3 6LL. Accommodation is in twin rooms, although if you would like a single room this available at a supplement.
When is it happening? Friday 25th April until Sunday 27th April. You can arrive and register from 4pm on the Friday, with the weekend beginning with an evening meal at 7pm.
How can I get there? There is plenty of parking at the centre for your car. The nearest train station is Northampton which is 1 hour from Birmingham New Street or London Euston. There is also a minibus going to and from Guildford with limited spaces.
How much does it cost? The good news is that you can still access the early bird price of £175, just tell us how you found out about the retreat!
Please do spread the word, we would love to see you there. Get in touch if you have any questions and of course if you want to book! Email - firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone - 07920 405512