How can one share Jesus with others? One creative method is through mime and drama!
This was what a group of mostly young people learnt when they gathered at the Catholic Archdiocesan Youth Centre on Feb 23.
The participants, aged 17 to late 30s, attended a creativity workshop led by theatre practitioner and mime artist Krysztof Najdowski.
The founder of Summer School of Theatrical Arts in Poland in 1998, Najdowski has had his theatrical performances and programmes presented in 25 countries in Europe, US and Asia.
He was also invited to Singapore to train participants for a recent School of Witness programme organised by the Office for Young People.
The School of Witness is a six-week formation programme which is currently ongoing, that helps participants to deepen their relationship with God and discover their call for evangelisation.
During the Feb 23 workshop, Najdowski educated participants on the power of non-verbal means of communication, visuals, props and storytelling for evangelisation.
Through drama activities and practical exercises, participants learnt how to use gestures, body postures, facial expressions and eye contact to convey Gospel messages. They also learnt the art of storytelling.
Ms Chrestella Setiyadi, 25, from the Church of St Vincent de Paul shared that the workshop helped her move out of her comfort zone. “I’ve also learnt new ways to evangelise with creativity and body movement,” she said.
Ms Margaret Nonis, 49, said the workshop was a good revision of what she had learnt in her drama instructor training years ago.
“Krysztof has reminded me to expand on creativity,” she said.
By Rachael Nonis