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‘Step Right Up!’ to FUMC’s MAD Camp; Summer camp with music, arts and drama begins July 9

Scenes from previous MAD Camps. (Submitted Photo)

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MAD (Music, Art, Drama) Camp will begin on July 9 at First United Methodist Church, 200 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Michelle Olson will lead children and youth (completed grades 1-7) as they learn the musical “Step Right Up!” by Dan and Heidi Goeller.

Scenes from previous MAD Camps. (Submitted Photo)

“Step Right Up!” is an exciting and educational children’s choir musical for kids ages 5 through 12. The lyrics for all of the songs are adapted from Scripture. The songs are very accessible and written in traditional circus music styles (e.g. waltz, march, etc.). The musical score is accompanied by an authentic circus band. Children’s choirs are sure to enjoy this physically active, theologically enriching and musically engaging musical.

An accompaniment CD will be used while the children will provide voices.

Olsen said the musical is simple and fun and can be learned in a week.

She said the camp is not really similar to vacation Bible schools, which typical begin on a Monday and end on a Friday.

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She said there are activities planned on Saturday and the children will perform the musical during the Sunday service.

Scenes from previous MAD Camps. (Submitted Photo)

The kids also will do innovative art projects and participate in fun recreational activities. Rev. Tina Cross will lead preschool-aged children (4 year olds through kindergarten) in music, art, drama, movin’ & groovin,’ story time and outdoor games.

“I really like what we’ve going to be doing with a lot of the activities,” Olson said.

The camp runs from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. July 9 to 14, and concludes with a performance of the musical during the 10:30 a.m. service on July 15.

Registration includes a T-shirt, listening CD, arts and crafts materials, snacks, lunch and a pizza party on Saturday.

Olson and Judy Armstrong are this year’s co-directors of MAD Camp.

Registration forms are available online at fumc-roswell.org and in the church office. Registrations will not be accepted after July 10. For more information, call 575-622-1881.

Olson said she chose the musical because of the valuable lessons it provides.

Following are the songs that will be performed and the Scripture passages from which they are derived:

“Do Your Best,” 1 Corinthians 10:31; “All Things Are Possible,” Philippians 4:13; “Do Not Be Afraid,” Joshua 1:9; “Be A Good Listener,” James 1:19-20; “We Are the Body of Christ,” Romans 12:4-5; “Love Each Other,” 1 Corinthians 13:4; “Forgive Each Other,” Colossians 3:13; “Always Be Full of Joy,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; “Be Thankful,” Ephesians 5:20; and “Speak With Love and Respect,” Ephesians 4:29.

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