West Texas: Acolytes stir international excitement with promo video

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska By Laura ShaverPosted Mar 7, 2013 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] The 109th annual Diocesan Council for the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas erupted during the showing of the video, “Serve Christ Maybe,” a promotional video for the 2013 Acolyte Festival, created by Scott Parnell, youth ministry director at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi, Texas, and a group of his high school-age youth.The video promotes the ministry of acolytes and is set to lyrics written by Parnell and sung to the tune of the popular song “Call Me Maybe.” The acolytes who perform in the video dance their way down the church aisle, light the candles, swing the thurible, and pop up behind pews in Good Shepherd’s choir loft. As the song draws to a close, basic details for the upcoming Acolyte Festival are displayed, followed by a cameo by the Rt. Rev. David Reed, bishop suffragan of the diocese, who mouths the lyrics, inviting acolytes to come join the fun.The council floor received the video with stomping feet and a standing ovation, and when Reed appeared, laughter and hollers filled the AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi. The young people who were assembled for the Youth in Action event were on their feet, dancing along.Youth in Action is an annual gathering of youth groups from across the diocese to participate in a day-long outreach project in the same city where Diocesan Council is hosted.Parnell said the idea to make the video developed with a group of eight high school-age youth that come together at Good Shepherd every Wednesday night to assist Parnell in leading a middle school-age youth group. “They wanted to make a video that would help them teach one of their lessons,” said Parnell. “It was originally going to be based on commercials shown during the Super Bowl and why the promotions are bad for our youth.” Instead, Parnell suggested a better idea – make a video to promote the upcoming Acolyte Festival that Good Shepherd will host on April 19-20.The youth jumped right in, and during an overnight lock-in at the church, the group spent two and a half hours perfecting the moves choreographed by Abbey Shockley while Parnell held the camera. The youth, who also serve as acolytes, were excited to promote the ministry. “I enjoy acolyting because it gives us a chance to play a huge role in leading a Eucharist [service], something that is often reserved for adults. It is nice to know that no matter what your age is you can still serve God and your church community in a significant way,” said Shockley.Dave Moore, who leads the contemporary worship service at the church on Sunday evenings, recorded the music, and Lauren Rader, a professional musician who sings at the church, exquisitely sang Parnell’s lyrics.And just how did Bishop Reed get in there? “He owed me something,” said Parnell, “for organizing Youth in Action and agreeing to host this festival. Not really, but he was a great sport. I asked for a cameo so we could try to drive up attendance, and he agreed.” Parnell filmed Reed’s part the Wednesday before Diocesan Council convened.On average, the Acolyte Festival is not very well attended, but this year’s promotional video may change that. “If the response at Youth in Action was any indication, we could have a very full house,” said Parnell.Parnell has received notes of congratulations from across the nation, with requests to show the video in other dioceses, Episcopal churches, and churches of other denominations. At the beginning of March, people in more than 162 countries had viewed the video on YouTube, where the “hits,” or views, have reached more than 48,000.Comments from those writing to Parnell come with gratefulness for his efforts. The senior acolyte at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Lafayette, Louisiana, wrote, “I am jealous of such enthusiastic acolytes over there in Corpus Christi. I usually end up serving two to three times a month due to lack of attendance. Hopefully with some of my new ideas in mind for training and this awesome video, I will be able to revamp the acolyte program before leaving for college.”The acolytes from Good Shepherd definitely portrayed the ministry as great fun, but they also realize its importance and appreciate the opportunity to serve. “Acolyting has allowed me to understand the church more effectively, and I have grown closer to God by reminding myself of what God has taught me,” said Trevor Mauck.Elizabeth Kirkland said, “Acolyting is a great way for people to become involved and give back to their church communities. I have loved sitting right next to the altar because I feel closer to God. In addition, we are all so excited about the video, and I had a great experience filming it.”— Laura Shaver is the communications officer for the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Margaret Smist says: Kathleen Dubois says: March 7, 2013 at 7:30 pm Fantastic … but I know of nowhere in our Diocese (North Queensland, Australia) where there is a Server’s/Acolytes Guild. Maybe start one? Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI March 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm Love, Love, Love this — I have been humming this song since the first time I watched. Yes, church CAN be fun! March 7, 2013 at 5:45 pm Fabulous! I love it, love it, LOVE it…and that ain’t maybe!! March 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm This is fantastic, and though I sit here in London, I am sending it to my friends and colleagues at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York where there is a vibrant and dedicated Acolyte Guild. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 March 7, 2013 at 9:39 am Creativity bubbles upwards! Great job! March 7, 2013 at 6:42 pm Put it on YouTube – please. March 8, 2013 at 1:14 pm That was great. I do remember when I was 12 and an Acolyte, in Newburgh NY. 1942 Lori Mills-Curran says: Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem March 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm I like this very much! Now I am a retired bishop o Episcopal Anglican Church, in SW Braziil. This month I will be seve nty years old. But I need to say that my call to Mi nistry happened the time I was an acolyte, I was about 14 years old! During all my life as a priest I worked a lot in this min isgtry… Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest March 13, 2013 at 9:55 am FAB!!! It reminded me of my days of acolyte duty in Richmond, Virginia and how much fun we all had serving at the altar. Br. James Teets BSG, Canon says: Comments (23) John E. Colón says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA March 9, 2013 at 11:00 am We are going to the National Cathedral this fall for the Acolyte Festival. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Fr. Jay Pierce says: March 7, 2013 at 8:11 pm Wonderful! We old gray hairs speak fondly of the “next generation” and haven’t a clue of how to communicate with them. This is an opening to them that invites a fuller experience and reflection on the Liturgy and the role Christ can play in their lives. Give them a hand–applaud the intent and effort. And remember, much of the music we acclaim as traditional was written not to many generations ago for the local theater or pub . . . Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET March 7, 2013 at 9:37 pm Loved this creative video. My rector liked it so much he posted on our parish face book page. Michael Russell says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR March 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm Hello, Lori!My diocese is Souwestern Brazil where I was diocesan bishop fo seventeen yeas. Santa Maria, RS, is the see. Could you write me by email? Many brazilian immigrants? My hug! March 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm It is realy nice! It is a way we may reach people, acolytes and families, with a good christian nurture for ever!Thanks! jubal neves says: Rector Tampa, FL March 8, 2013 at 10:00 am Fantastic! 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Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET center_img Rev. Sylvia Vasquez says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 March 7, 2013 at 5:56 pm I know I helped drive the view rate up on that and it was shared widely in my Episco-social networks. I’m grateful for the creativity and a way to show that serving in a liturgical role IS serving Christ!Great work. Great story! 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Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth & Young Adults Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Lori Mills-Curran says: March 7, 2013 at 5:02 pm I sent this to my acolyte coordinator–its a must see for all acolytes–such an upbeat, fun, yet inspiring video should not be missed! KUDOS to David Read–he made the finale a gas! March 7, 2013 at 9:55 pm Love it! Super! Attention acolytes in the Diocese of Texas, this fun, creative music video comes to us from the Diocese of West Texas. The the gauntlet has been thrown! New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bill Hilton says: Rector Shreveport, LA Tom Morgan says: last_img

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