I am always scribbling concepts for set designs on pads around me. Here are a couple of conceptual drawing and the sets they led to.
Anthony Barlich of Barlich Photography photographed our Lessons & Carols service. Here are a couple of his shots from the evening.
We spent the first part of the Christmas season in a purposefully cold stark setting. We were focusing on the simplicity of the event of Christmas. The theme was designed to contrast what the rest of the world does for Christmas. The last half of the month I wanted to create a lush warm environment but still maintain the non traditional aspect of our setting. Throughout the month there was no element that was traditionally Christmas decor.
An inn with no room, a manger with a baby, a teenage girl in an unknown town, and some shepherds that celebrated the arrival of God on earth. Christmas was never intended to come along with the all of the flash and stress that now surrounds this holiday. It was intended to celebrate the incarnation and now has become more about consumerism and our western culture.
So this year at Park we decided to go simple.
The Birth Narrative in Luke 1 & 2 for four weeks.
Simple not for effect, but because we believe that if we could remove the inevitable distractions that come our way this time of year and remember that the incarnation, God being made flesh and dwelling among us, is real that it will change our lives all over again.
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been working very hard to make Park’s very first children’s summer camp,VBS, a fun exciting experience for the kids. The week was themed “The Loop”. We are a city-centric church and we love to celebrate the urban life experience. We built “L” tracks around the ceiling of our children’s area by cutting forms out of 1” thick styrofoam with a hot knife. We built a version of the great hall of Chicago’s Field Museum on our main stage. The main teaching segments happened there. It was themed Night at the Museum where the Bible characters, the t-rex skeleton and the statues came alive to teach. This included a night guard to guide us through the story. We created the museum out of 2” thick styrofoam and added some faux painting. The effort of many volunteers and staff has paid off with a great week of seeing children impacted for the glory of God.
This video is a brief look at the construction of the L.
This is the initial test of the crude animation.