Spencerville Pathfinders Stick Drama, “Arise, My Love”
by Debbonnaire Kovacs
By Debbonnaire Kovacs
Submitted August 13, 2014
I am strongly of the opinion that God has made it very clear throughout the Bible that we are to worship Him with our whole selves, including our whole bodies. Worship in the Old Testament was a dramatic, whole body experience which did not include sermons at all. By New Testament times, homilies and Bible study discussions had been added to the mix, but it is only in modern times that we seem to think worship is a mental activity. Hence my request for all forms of art for this space, including drama and dance.
If you are one of those who have wondered what worshipful Christian dance might look like, the answers are varied. Here is one option. I will never forget the first time I saw what is often called “Stick Drama.” It was at an Ohio camp meeting some years ago, and brought tears to my eyes. I don’t remember the song, but here is an example of the same thing. This was uploaded in 2009 by the Spencerville Polar Bears Pathfinder Club’s TLTs at the Spencerville Seventh-day Adventist Church, Spencerville, MD.