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Mime team adds dimension to worship at St. James

Published: Thu, March 15, 2012 @ 12:01 a.m.


Cierra Gordon, 10, of Austintown holds her breath as white powder is applied to her face to look the part of a mime.




The mime team at St. James Church of God in Christ offers participants an avenue to express creativity, channel their energy, engage in positive behavior and express their faith.

Sybrena Robinson, director of the mime team, said the activity evolved out of another youth group that had run its course. The 12-member mime team was formed about six years ago, she said, with participants ranging in age from 9 to 22.

“I believe the mime team helps young people learn and builds character,” Robinson said. “It brings them out of their shell, and they develop poise.”

Robinson said members also learn to function individually in solo parts and as members of the team, both valuable educational experiences. “The older ones teach the younger ones,” she said.

The mime team performs regularly at St. James, 75 S. Prospect St., and has presented programs at other churches. On Friday, the team will participate in the Leaders for Progress talent show in Wick Pavilion at Wick Park. They will perform to the song “Rebuild.”

The team uses the traditional idea of mime, defined as acting out a story through body motions without use of speech, but also incorporates sign language, music, dance and even dialogue. “We mostly perform to Gospel music,” Robinson said, adding that the kids “feel the song.”

They wear a “uniform” of white shirts, gloves and faces and black pants.

Robinson said her experience of working with youths comes from being mother to Desiree, 20, and Doricia, 15. “I started with my own daughters,” she said. They studied the Bible together. “It was a good experience,” she said of what they learned and shared.

The mime team, part of the youth ministry at the church, has been well-received at St. James, said Pastor George Moore. The team performs as an element of worship twice a month. “Everyone, young and old, likes the spirit of this blessing on the church,” he said.

“It’s an opportunity for the youth to express themselves in a positive way,” Pastor Moore said. This activity fills up time, he said, and may help prevent “negative” behavior.

“It also is another way to bring God into their lives,” Pastor Moore also said, adding it may “touch and inspire.”

The pastor said he appreciated the mime team for the “visual experience” it provides during services. “It adds another dimension to worship,” he said.


1NoBS(2758 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Seriously? Mimes?

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

And Ytown's class act comes out strong and alive .
What a town

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I can not believe that the vindy lets this hateful comments about KIDS to stay on .

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4lynnpat(3 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

It must be really awful being so dead inside that you would make negative comments regarding children doing something positive. This is not the type of miming that you would see on a city street. It is an act of praise and worship set to Gospel music.

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5RoddAC(102 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Everyone chill. ALL mime is presented with white face. Who said the lack of education doesn't hurt much. Does so!!

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6VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Go get 'em kids...it's great to see education, theatrics, religion and Americanism at work. We need more of this. Fine, fine job!

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7trena(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Cierra Gordon is my daughter and I am so proud Of her And the other children doing something positive for the Lord. It's sad when most of the comments are negative and race related. The comments that I usually see about blacks are so negative and when there are blacks actively doing something good...the comments are still negative. For those positive comments...Ty! All of the kids participating are good Warriors for the Lord:).

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8msweetwood(179 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

We have suspended the accounts of those who chose to make racist statements here about a worthy youth project. The terms of service you agree to for an account to post here does not allow for such ridiculous statements.

Remember, anyone can alert the Vindy.com staff about offensive posts simply by clicking the alert under each statement.

Mark M. Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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9VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Mark.

We can be better, We should be better, And we are better when the community reacts in this way against idiots who chose to make stupid remarks against others who are trying to improve their lives and those around them.

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Thank you Mark
We can disagree with each ohter on a lot of things and most of us do .
But to pick on a bunch of kids GOOD KIDS . Working to improve him/her self and the community Is the wrong thing to do .

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11LoveWins(35 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

These kids are awesome!

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12yng00128(67 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Congratulations kids......finally a good story in Y-town involving youth......Awesome!!!!!!

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13nane6(41 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Kudos to these young people. My granddaughters are also praise dancers at Metropolitan Baptist Church and the whole team is awesome. You have never seen anything so beautiful as when you see young people involved in church with their whole heart and praising the Lord in song and dance.

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14Bree13(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

The world is missing religion because it is being taken out of everything. This is why I love the job that I’m doing with the children. Before you make comments you should do research, education goes both ways. This is why we need more positive thing for youth in Youngstown so this negativity can be defended. Racism can only have breath if you give it life. After all you cannot receive the full effect from a picture. OPEN YOUR MIND

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15SMoore59(1 comment)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

I am proud of our mime team, because they are serious about allowing God to use them. Our children could be doing other things, like selling illegal drugs, or gang banging but they choose to serve the Lord and not Satan. We need more positive things like this .

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16walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Sweetwood,
Good choice on bumping the accounts of the commentors that made this racial. Some people are beyond stupid! This is a good positive story about kids that are encouraged to do uplifting things in their lives. It also demonstrates that minority kids are not all gangbangers or thugs. The parents of these children have every reason to be proud as this is what happens when you take an active role in the upbringing of your offsprings. The most telling item is the caption to the photo that lists one of the kids as being from Canfield. Do you think that would have been possible 50 years ago?

HOWEVER, that being said, the Vindicator felt it was alright to print a Letter to the Editor on 3/14/12 where the writer thought that:
"Congress should pass legislation that would disallow anyone (private or public citizens) from derogatory remarks that disrespect the president."

Of course, you aptly stated in your post "The terms of service you agree to for an account to post here does not allow for such ridiculous statements."

Now, under The Vindy "Terms of Service" it states that it is a violation to make a submission that
"2.advocates or facilitates a violation of any law, or that is itself illegal to communicate or transmit;"

SInce the letter writer advocates the violation of the Constitution of the US, why would the VIndicator Editor deem it appropriate to print a letter with such "ridiculous statements"? (Your words, not mine) Did you want to just purposely embarass the letter writer or just be controversial? I hope I didn't just violate some sort of term of service.

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17300(573 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Out of curiosity, who were the posters who got bumped?

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18Billy_Bob(60 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

Might have been Stan =)

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19JimJ(2 comments)posted 4 years, 3 months ago

There is an oppurtunity to watch the Mimes tonight at St. James. An East Side coalition of churches known as the Ambassadors For Christ have been celebrating during the Easter season for twelve years now. As a member of St. Stephens(Holy Apostles) on Wilson Ave. and a staunch participant and supporter of the services think the group is phenomenal.

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