Antioch Baptist Church of Deanwood
Liturgical Dance Ministry

Contact Person:  Brian Keahey

“…Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes.” - Psalm 150:1-4

“They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance.” - Job 21:11

Liturgical dance—like prayer, music, and preaching—is an integral part of the worship service. In its highest form, liturgical dance is like a silver thread woven into the fabric of worship. The most effective use of liturgical dance is to illuminate the scriptures by bringing to life the stories of the bible, the messages within our music, and to celebrate the Holy days of the church.

The mission of the Liturgical Dance Ministry is to assist those youth feeling a call to dance, to investigate and define their calling. This includes providing education, training, and support in an environment where dance is accepted and welcomed as part of the worship experience. The youth experience the act of ministry, as they become ministers of the Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

The purpose of this Ministry is:
  • to glorify God in praise and worship through dance;
  • to demonstrate that this generation is fully in tune with the reality of God’s love for them;
  • to teach our young people that God is able and willing to use anyone or any means to reach out to them and meet them where they are;
  • to provide a visual interpretation of what God is doing and saying in the worship service by ushering the congregation into a higher realm of praise and worship; and
  • to provide the education, training, and experience in the use of dance for “spiritual warfare” and “ministry” versus “secular” dancing and “performing” for entertainment.
The Liturgical Dance Ministry is comprised of youth, ages 5 to18, from the Antioch Church family and the community regardless of dance experience or church affiliation. (Note: Ages 5-12 are not required to be members of the Antioch Baptist Church; however, ages 13 to 18 must hold an active membership with the Antioch Baptist Church). This means that members should be active in a teaching ministry at Antioch such as Bible Study and/or Church School. They should also be in regular fellowship at Antioch. Members must be of good health, able to follow direction, be cooperative, and have a teachable spirit. The Liturgical Dance Ministry currently ministers at various church services and programs in support of the other ministries of the church and throughout the surrounding community.

Antioch Baptist Church
1105 50th Street NE
Washington, DC 20019
Rev. Dr. Eric E. Baldwin
Dr. Eric E. Baldwin
Tel: 202-388-7770
Fax: 202-398-3466
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