While many people were observing Resurrection Sunday, or Easter, April 20, 2014, this writer was ecstatically moved to see an unusual type of performing art at Baltimore's Ark Church, 1263 E. North Avenue. The members of the group willingly granted an on-the-spot interview at the conclusion of the service.
The group known as New Birth Mime Ministry ministered to the congregants assembled at the church, sending the 10:45 AM worship service into a spiritual frenzy. The group is a travelling ministry and has been in existence since 2012.
New Birth was organized by Lenny Berry and began with three married men. It has since grown to seven members and includes women, as well. The members of New Birth Mime Ministry are Lenny Berry, Marcus Reed, Christopher Poole, Danielle Berry, Yontia McCune, Amber Reed and Shantell Harrid.
According to Lenny Berry, the group was formed to show God's love through mime and dance. He envisions the group building a bigger ministry which will include youth. The group is now laying a foundation to prepare for the admittance of young people, in order to perpetuate the art form to another generation.
New Birth will appear May 3, 2014 at Maranatha Memorial Baptist Church, located at 4109 Ridgewood Avenue in Northwest Baltimore. The occasion for this performance is a pre-Mother's Day celebration.
Mime, acting through gestures and pantomime without the use of words, was popularized in Greek and Roman civilizations.
Tne group is available for bookings. New Birth Mime Ministry can be reached via Lenny Berry or Marcus Reed by calling 443-413-5278 or 443-253-0508. New Birth can also be found on Facebook.
The pastor of Ark Church is Bishop-designate J.L. Carter. The church office can be reached Tuesdays - Fridays from 9:00 AM-5:00 PM at 410-539-1591.