Praise Works at Oak Park UMC

August 24, 2009

You might say that praise works at Sacramento's Oak Park United Methodist Church!


Oak Park UMC's "PraiseWorks" class was featured in a segment on Good Day, Sacramento last week - and the video is available to view on the CBS 13/CW 31 Good Day Sacramento website.


The video highlights the "PraiseWorks, Inc.," fitness program for working out "mind, body, and spirit" to Gospel music, created by Lynnis Woods-Mullins.


Incorporating praise dance into worship, she says, is a way that people can be engaged and a part of the service rather than being passive observers of it. Her class helps prepare them for participating in that way. 

Just paste into your browser, to bring up the Good Day website. Rest your cursor on "Features" - the second item from the left, on the navigation bar - then bring it down on the silver row below and travel to the right, to click on "Momtrepreneurs." (See photo at top.)

On the screen that opens, you should see "Worship Workout" in the video player to the right.

(If you don't, click on the small hourglass icon on the video player and type "Worship Workout" in the search window.)


Reporter Stefanie Cruz begins the segment by saying that for her, going to church as a child was a "somber, morose experience." But she concludes it by mentioning that Oak Park UMC is "about a hundred years old," and noting that the PraiseWorks class is an example of "changing traditions . . . by doing something new and groundbreaking." Or as we like to put it: By "Rethinking church!"