Stained Glass shape, shade, and symmetrical design symbolize the diverse cultures we represent and our individual uniqueness in God. Just like beautiful stained glass, the Ministry of Fine Arts at MAM is intricately, instrumentally, and innovatively designed. Visioned out of divine inspiration and crafted through God’s people, the Arts in worship and outreach are a centering, calling, and commitment-developing tool. The MAM Fine Arts department consists of seven distinct ministries, including: Choral Music, Dance, Drama, Silent Praise, Arts, Crafts, and Banners, Instrumental, and Audio Visual.
MAM provides opportunities for group and solo singing for both adults and youth.
Tabernacle of Praise
A choir for adults, this ministry uses a wide range of Christian music styles (hymns, spiritual warfare, gospel, spirituals, anthems, carols and contemporary to name a few) to provide spirit-filled worship services.
Perfecting Praise is MAM’s youth choir. This Choral Ministry focuses on developing self-esteem, good musicianship, choir decorum, Bible and music connections. The worship service is the chief venue for performance, although public performances and traveling is encouraged. Auditions are required.
The 4C- (Core City Children’s Choir), started in Fall of 2011 involves children from the Core City of Holland Michigan and beyond meeting to gain valuable vocal techniques, inspiration and self esteem, discipline, as well as group cohesion. Children learn songs in over 8 languages. The K-8th grade choir meets weekly from 4:30-5:30pm on Wednesday’s at Maple Avenue Ministries.
They have lead concerts for thousands including some of the following: The annual Holland Juneteenth Festival, Lifehouse Lakeside Vista, Holland Heights CRC, Ridgepoint Church Holland, New Community Fourth Reformed Church. January 2012, the 4C choir lead worship for an International Conference, Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Jan 26, 2013 marked the final day of a 4 day international conference held by the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship. The 4C Choir led hundreds of worship leaders, singers, pastors, bishops, and students in the Closing Communion Ceremony in seven languages. Additionally, they participated in a workshop educating about 80 people from around the globe on Community Choirs. 4C has been invited to do a concert tour in Haiti as a result of this conference. Saturday December 21, 2013 marks the beginning of a three day choir tour to Philadelphia Pennsylvania.
Educational instruction mixed with inspired improvisation sets this ensemble apart from most liturgical dance teams. This ministry’s goal is to develop a varied repertoire while embodying Christ through fluid movement.
This ministry provides contemporary and relevant dramas for worship services and outreach. We seek individuals with talents in various fields including acting, directing,, lighting, set design/construction, audio and video recording and mixing.
American Sign Language is combined with fluid movement and spirit-filled interpretation to produce a breath-taking expression of praise to God. This ministry (an amalgamation of pantomime and dance) is open to all with or without experience in dance, signing or mime.
Arts, Crafts, and Banners
Visual artists gather together to express their love for Christ by creating arts, crafts and banners for all seasons of the Church year.
There are many opportunities for skilled musicians to participate in MAM’s ministry of music, including worship services, youth rallies and various off-site venues.
All Sunday morning services are recorded and audio tapes are provided free of charge. Some worship services and other celebrations are video recorded. Professional training if provided in each area.