Thursday, January 22, 2009

creative fuZion lab //4// postcards from eternity...

Welcome to "fuZion lab" at designing for Philistines (on Thursdays)...
Once upon a time there was a blog kingdom where freaky creative’s could share the chaos created in their minds for THE Kingdom.
Sadly, it went away. Yet the creative minds keep blogging.
Now there is a place to share all those creative elements again at the fuZion lab on Thursdays.
So here’s what you do…
1. Each Thursday YOU post on your blog on whatever creative church element sparks your passion.
2. In your blog, link back to this weeks specific creative fuZion lab.
3. Then link your particular post at the Mr. Linky here. (I'm working on the Mr. Linky's)

4. Then hop back to comments share your name, a brief description of the element.
If you don’t blog yet, still feel free to share your idea in the comments.
5. Then off you go. Visit other people’s ideas, comment and share.
6. Ready to begin? Here we go.
Let the creative fuzion begin.
Spread the Word.
Dorothy (vicar of vibe)
Postcards from Eternity (week 1 and 2)

This is a four week series teaching through the letters to seven churches in Revelation. Seven mini-sermons, seven mini-dramas, seven stage sets, seven lamp stands.

The mini-dramas revolve around various members of a family, each receiving a postcard from the patriarch of the family, who recently died. He is giving counsel on various issues in each person’s life. Each scene in the drama corresponds with the message given to each church in Revelation.
It is really cool, because the congregation is really getting caught up in the mini-dramas.
Making comments like:
“Robert is a jerk”
“Is he ever going to read his postcard?”

The playing out of the scenes and related props and detail may seem confusing, but if you take the time to click through to the details linked below, it will help.
The messages related how the various letters to the churches in Revelation reveals Christ's identity to us now.
WEEK ONE: Postcards from Eternity…
Ephesus and Smyrna
The Drama-Postcards from Eternity (script): (see details of how week 1 all relates together)
Drama & Mini-Message 1: Postcards from Eternity
Ephesus: (Park w/ tree): representation prop was an apple (the goodness of being able to eat from the tree of life). Ephesus is counseled to find their passion again. So were we.
Drama & Mini-Message 2: Postcards from Eternity
Smyrna: (Firehouse): representation prop is fire. Illusionist’s flash paper and/or fire extinguisher. We are promised we will not be hurt (we will be protected) at all by the second death.
WEEK TWO: Postcards from Eternity…
Pergamum and Thyatira(details of how week 2 all relates together)
Drama & Mini Message 3: Pergamum:
In front of White Stone Bakery.
In the drama the character is counseled to turn away from the wrong crowd. Don’t succumb to their way of thinking. Turn to the One who made her.
We included an experiential element: baking bread in bread machines during the worship service.
Prop: Is the baking bread and we handed out cinnamon bread during the message for everyone to eat! Man, that was a hit...
Drama & Mini- Message 4: Thyatira:
On the steps of a courthouse
Prop: scepter/gavel
In the drama the character is told to be wise in whom he seeks for counsel, know who you’re talking to. Do not tolerate anything false in your life. Know the truth so you are not misled. This was a really big undertaking for us in several aspects.
We changed from our standard of building a set to projecting the scene on the screen. We had actually started out planning on using a standard flat set with ginormous printed pictures attached, but due to outrageous costs, we had to change our plans at the last minute-and we LOVED it even more than the original idea. It was sooo God!

Which changed up the location of the band (something that we have wanted to do anyway).
Here's to continuing to add experiential elements (engaging all the senses in the worship experience).
What is your biggest 'last minute" innovation?


Jim Drake said...


here's mine:

It's for our next series ROOTS

Andrew Hunt said...

Not a stage design this week..a new one will be coming soon though! This week - a side project for helping the team know faces and names as the team grows...

Of course, Polaroids just never substitute for face to face!

dorothy (vicar of vibe) said...

@Jim - Love it!
@Drew - Thanks for sharing and starting to blog....