Jackson Arts Ministry, also known as JAM, is an arts-based ministry at Jackson Church. We cover a wide variety of the arts with different classes being held every Spring and Fall season. A significant emphasis on Christian faith is embedded throughout the program in both content and friendships.
JAM had its first beginnings back in 2012 as two separate entities: a youth drama program, and a child enrichment program that offered classes such as sewing and cooking. In 2016, these programs were reorganized into its current form as a volunteer committee-lead arts program as part of Jackson Church’s overall visioning plan. Since then, the program has grown from 5 to 10 weekly classes with many of the classes filled to capacity. Current and previous class offerings include performing arts, dance, Lego-building, cooking, sewing, vocal performance, woodworking, yoga, and fitness bootcamp.
At the end of each season, JAM puts together a show that includes performances from each performing arts class offered through the program. In the past, these performances have included one-act plays, skits, dances, vocal performances, and musicals.
JAM has also taken their end-of-season shows on tour to other churches and visits a local nursing home during Advent to sing Christmas carols.
JAM in the News
Next Gen Ministries – January 2019
GNJUMC Relay – May 2018
Greater New Jersey Annual Conference – August 2016