Every year, we want to provide, in the best way possible, a great worship experience to thousands of people who come celebrate Easter with us on 2 campuses and also on the Online campus. During this year’s Easter celebration at Mount Pleasant Christian Church, we took visual worship to new levels. During the months of January and February, I spent some time with the Worship and Arts pastor working on elements and details for this special service.
By the end of February, I had the stage layout designed and ready to go to production. However, during a meeting with our senior pastor in March, we talked about new ideas. It is important to say that my pastor was ok with the first stage design, and he never asked for it to be changed. But as we discussed new ideas, I made the decision to change the design so we could provide a better worship experience. This change happened four weeks prior to Easter weekend, so I don’t consider this a last-minute change, but at that point we had to move fast and make arrangements to meet the deadline.
Basically, all programming elements together are a complement to the music and message, so it is important that these elements don’t cause distraction to those participating
live and via broadcast. That needs to be the goal when using stage elements, lighting, and projection. Here is how we put these elements together for Easter services:
- Large cross – we built a 16’x12’x3’ cross covered with seamless front/rear projection fabric from Rose Brand, to be used as a projection surface. Rented a 7,000 lumens projector from our longtime friends at Orange Thread Media (Nashville, TN). For content delivery, we chose ProVideoPlayer2 (by Renewed Vision)
- Side crosses – two side crosses were made out of wood and back lit with LED strips
- Lights – we already owned a good number of light instruments, but on special weekend services we rent some special lighting we don’t own (yet). We rented:
- Content – here is the most important piece of puzzle, because wrong content means all the technology we gather for this event was in vain. It is important to know that all content was specially selected and built for each song.
When it comes to programming, less is more (most of the time). During the song “Broken Vessels” (video below), you will notice that we used one single image throughout the entire song. This was a time when we wanted the focus to be one hundred percent artist and song delivery.
There are times when you will have the opportunity to extend to more than one image per song, but it is important for you to know when to use less to open all the space for the simplest ways you can use to deliver the message during a worship song.During baptisms, we projected videos of the confessions of faith on the large cross. These were the highlight of the weekend. The videos gave a face and a voice to those being baptized. My pastor has already mentioned to me that we will do this again, given the response we received.
If your church offers an online broadcast or a video venue, it is important to customize all content to those watching live so they also feel they are part of the service and get the most out of the worship experience. For instance, all baptism videos projected on the cross were reformatted for those watching on video. Also, the lyrics for every song were in the lower third of the viewing screen. Basically, all of the content showed live was adapted and displayed to meet the needs of worshippers participating online.
Next up… Patriotic weekend!
Few more pictures (by Chris Williams) from Easter weekend: