When people think of the arts in worship, they typically think of music. Here at FUMCL, we strive to expand the vision to include ALL sacred arts in worship and in ministry. The arts have a special ability to enrich the lives of those who worship. The Sacred Arts Ministry at FUMCL has categorized the various arts into the following areas: Practical Arts (Domestic), Performing Arts, Literary Arts and Visual Arts. In our modern world, the field of “Virtual Arts” (digital media) is also important in worship and ministry.

 

Practical or Domestic Arts include those skills which are often found in the home, the yard and other family/domestic settings: culinary arts, sewing, knitting, crocheting. quilting and other textile arts, decorating, landscaping/gardening, etc.

 

Performing Arts include things such as music, dance, drama/skits, makeup artistry, and other aspects of performed productions.

 

Literary Arts in a sacred context include creation of literature such as novels, writing poetry, literary analysis and scriptural exegesis, organizing and holding book clubs to read and analyze religious literature, and even such ventures as creating biblical comic books and children’s bible literature.

 

Visual Arts (2- and 3-Dimensional, as well as digital) include things such as painting, drawing, sculpting, architecture, carving and woodworking, graphic design, etc.

 

As you can imagine, there is quite a bit of cross over between artistic fields. These lists are by no means exhaustive. They are intended, however, to spur on the imagination to realize that there are MANY areas of the arts which can be used to enrich worship and to enhance our ministry to others.

First United Methodist Church of Leavenworth