We experience God in so many wonderful ways. The creative ministry of Park Ave. makes space for response to God through art. Here are some of our favorite projects over the years to give you a taste of what to expect.
Congregational Art Making
Congregational art-making is a spiritual practice for the Park Ave. Community. We often create art work that is facilitated by our Artist-in-Residence. These group projects are a way for the whole congregation to respond creatively to the sermon. During particular times of the liturgical year we will respond in worship by contributing to a large scale project.
The movement of the spirit can be seen through creativity and painting is one medium to witness the Spirit at work through artists. At times we have artists responding live to the worship service and sermon through visual arts. These artists are modeling a creative connection with God that Park Ave. feels acutely. The walls of our building are full of pieces created in worship in this way.
Experiential worship is an experimental worship style that reorients the worship experience toward participation by the congregation. At times we use stations to experience worship through activities, art and reflection. This type of worship de-emphasizes the sermon and puts the focus on the individual experiences.
So much of our sacred scripture is communicated through poetic form. The truth of a poem speaks above time and history to communicate at an emotional level that is connectional and artistic. Poetry, one of the main genres in the biblical text is an important way that we worship at Park Avenue. With many talented poets in our congregation, you can expect to hear a poem or original piece in most worship experiences.
Liturgical dance as with any embodied practice of worship brings to life the act of worshipping God. Body movement and choreography to praise the Holy One is something that we try to practice at Park Avenue as a means to invite more people into worship. We are an accessible community who seek different ways to express our love of God through liturgy and worship.
Park Ave. invites our members into the creative and spiritual process of dressing the sanctuary dressing for the changing liturgical seasons. This decorating is accompanied with reverence and includes altar building, liturgical painting, children's area activity arrangement, and communion preparation. This activity happens the Saturday before the new Liturgical Season.