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Friday, September 17, 2010

Gospel mimes finding more and more outlets for worship garments

BY STEPHANIE ESTERS
HIS HEM MINISTRY
Min. Ellaysa Newton wore one of her higher-collared praise-dance dresses the first time she ministered in mime.
     One of the next few times she ministered, she wore a black, high-collared robe designed for Christian mime, a garment given to her by her mother.
Min. Ellaysa Newton.
Molly Wade Photography
      Now the mime wardrobe for the East Region Coordinator for the International Dance Commission numbers around 30-some garments.
     “I (started buying them) after I realized that that’s a ministry that the Lord was trying to bring out and bring forth,” said Newton, who is also founder of Perfected Praise Dance Ministry.
     Newton’s quest for garments for Christian and gospel mimes reflects a trend that is apparently occurring across the country, as more and more individuals and groups present the gospel message using mime.

Seamstresses called to meet the need
Newton gospel mime garments come from a handful of Word-based seamstresses: Faye’s Fashion Worship Garments, LLC, and Phase Fashion Fabric, LLC, both in Harker Heights (near Killeen), Texas; Ladie Di CSW in Dallas, Texas; and Waves of Glory in Texas.
     The stores’ owner, Faye Hill, said she was enjoying her life designing clothes for fashion shows that traveled across the country, when she felt God call her away from that in 2006.
     “ ‘Your garments are no longer for the world’,” she said the Holy Spirit told her. “ ‘You’re sewing garments for worship’.”
     Today, about three to four percent of her designs are for Christian/gospel mimes; Faye Hill’s sister, Dinah Harris, creates those specially tailored mime garments. Look for the stores’ mime garments in the new online catalogue, set to debut in January 2011.
     Diane "Ladie Di" Grant has been sewing since she was 13, but didn't start making garments for the worship-arts community until 2003.  That year, she said, she attended a praise dance conference, not totally understanding what it was about, but which eventually led her to meet Apostle Pamela Hardy head of the Eagles International Training Institute for praise dancers. That connection led her to make several contacts within the Eagles Network -- she has made some garments for Dr. Hardy --- and some of her basic items are sold on the JoyShoppe website.
     Her garments are designed specifically for the praise-dancing and "prophetic garments" --- those with and of themselves that 'preach' a gospel message.    
     It was around that same time --- 2005 to 2006 -- that Houston, Texas, seamstress Monica Woodbridge started making mime garments; she found herself tired of the work she was doing for a clientele base she did not think God had called her to honor.
     “It has to be better than this,” Woodbridge said she told the Lord. “I was kind of conflicted (over the clients she was serving).” She said God then told her: "‘I set you aside for my people’.”
     “I had a huge group of praise dancers that also had some men, and I did some mime garments for them (the men),” Woodbridge said. “Then it seemed like from there the (mimes’ requests) were coming …”
     About half of Woodbridge’s current orders are for mime garments, she said.
     A few months ago, Woodbridge opened Needles of Praise, a business that designs and sells garments and robes to praise-dancers and Christian/gospel mimes and robes to ministers. It is an expansion of the work she previously did through Praze Danz, which designed and sold worship garments catering specifically to praise dancers.
    Two days after activating her business website, she said she had orders from places as ranging as Alaska, Puerto Rico and Maine.  [Note:  Her website is currently under construction.]
     “We’re constantly sewing,” Woodbridge said of Needles of Praise, which employs four people.
     One client is a 67-year-old man who mimes, using that art form to minister to younger men.
     “I think God is pouring out His Spirit in that venue (of worship mime) to draw more men,” Woodbridge reflected.

Sampling of worship mime garments designers, resources
  Ladie Di Church Street Wear  (specializes in praise dance and prophetic garments), Dallas, Texas
        -  Owner:  Diane "Ladie Di" Grant
        -  www.ladiedicsw.org
        - Phone:  214.821.9771
        - Email: ladiedicsw@yahoo.com
   • Faye’s Fashion Worship Garments, LLC, Harker Heights, Texas
        - Owner:  Faye Hill
        - http://www.phasefashionfabrics.com/
        - Phone: 254.690.1441
        - Email: fhfashion@aol.com
        - Click here to view an online catalogue!
   •  International Fellowship of Gospel Mimes (has a 'Resource' link on garments)
        -  http://gospelmime.ning.com/
   *  Needles of Praise, Houston, Texas
         - Owner:  Monica Woodbridge
         - Needles of Praise Facebook page
         - Phone:  713.568.5858
         - Email:  needlesofpraise@yahoo.com
    *  Waves of Glory, Texas
A Waves of Glory creation.
         - Co-owners:  Michele Vela and Debra Geistert
         -  www.facebook.com/wavesofglory
         - Phone:   713.227.1065
        -  Email:  wavesofglory@sbcglobal.net

3 comments:

  1. Hi, Stephanie! This is Yolanda from Needles of Praise. Yes, I did read the article and you are a very good writer. Everyone here at Needles of Praise thank you very much for writing this article about praise wear. We pray that this will not be the last time. Keep in touch. You should come and visit and get an in depth story.

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  2. Praise the Lord, Yolanda! All the 'mighty skilled seamstresses' I talked to for the article were so encouraging! Yes, I'd love to one day visit Texas and visit Needles of Praise!
    Sis. Stephanie

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  3. Great article. Thank you for writing it and sharing it. God Bless. Liturgical Dancewear

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