Community arts programs

Over the years, Newark United Methodist Church has initiated several program ministries that have become popular community arts programs.

photo of Godspell cast from 2010Inner Light Theatre

Created in 2010, the Inner Light Theatre is a community arts ministry of Newark United Methodist Church, the mission of which is to create connections between members and friends of the Newark United Methodist Church as they share an outlet for their creative talent while providing wholesome family entertainment for the community.

Each year, a new production is planned, with openings for cast members, directors, musicians, lighting crew, stage hands, and choreographers, young and old alike. Anyone is encouraged to come and participate in some way.

The George V. Kirk Concert Series

Each winter/spring, Newark United Methodist Church hosts three Sunday afternoon music or choral performances in its worship space. This series was created in memory of educator, musician, church and community leader, arts advocate, and one of our longtime organists, George V. Kirk.

photo from 2013 Music FactoryThe Music Factory

A week-long summer music camp for children and youth typically held in August at the church facility, The Music Factory was started by the late Leanna Williston, a former member of Newark United Methodist Church. Its purpose is to give children and youth an experience in telling biblical stories with simple instruments, song, and drama.

By the end of the week, the children will be ready to lead Sunday worship services by showing what they’ve learned. This is a great opportunity for children and youth to grow in the arts and knowledge of the Bible. Older youth can volunteer to help mentor and guide the children during the week.

First State Ringers

The premier handbell ensemble in Delaware, First State Ringers grew out of this church’s foray into bells as another form of accompaniment to worship. Though many of the current ensemble are associated with our congregation, experience and desire are the key requisites. It is an auditioned group that performs throughout the New Castle County area and occasionally plays during our worship services.