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Drawing Nearer: Devotional Workbook of Creative Prayer – Lent 2011 Event!

More information available from Kathy Bestwick.  Please sign up in the lobby for any workshops you plan on attending so an accurate count of supplies can be made.

Draw Near to God, and he will draw near to you.  James 4:8

Seek God’s loving presence as Creator.  God has provided everyone with the desire to create.  For this devotional experience the visual arts are used as a form of praying.

We invite you on this pilgrimage of prayer and creativity to deepen your relationship with God and others. Start with an open mind, a willing heart and hand and an adventurous spirit. Lent is the perfect time to explore praying and creating with a loving God. These workshops are about the process of drawing near to God through artful prayer, rather than seeking a particular outcome; although, the creative experience may surprise and delight you.

Each Sunday in Lent we will choose a different scripture, prayer practice and creative experience.  Those that participate will also be invited to share their experience in the following Sunday’s worship service.  We would like to take photographs of the artwork created and collect stories and reflections that this process revealed. Of course, participating in all six creative workshops would achieve the greatest benefit and we invite you to do that. But, we also invite everyone to join us for just one, if that is all time allows.

When: 6 Sundays in Lent March 13th through April 17th from 12:45 to 2:15

Where: Fellowship Hall (on 3/27 in the MPR)

Why: To develop individual creativity and a sense of community through prayer to bring meaningful sharing and visual arts into the worship service

What: Each week we will reflect on a scripture passage, meditate/pray and then create an inspirational piece of art.

Who: Come as an individual, in a family group, or with a church group.  You are also welcome to bring a friend.

How: Just sign up for all as many as you would  like on the signup sheet in the lobby.  Pack a lunch (or order pizza) or grab a snack between 2nd service and 12:45

How much: cost per person for each workshop is only $5.00 for those 8 and up.

Weekly Details

Week One: March 13th  12:45 – 2:15 Fellowship Hall
Theme: SEARCH and you will find
Scripture: Psalm 23:1-2
Prayer Practice:  Breathing, stretching and postures.
Art Activity: pencil, markers, crayons with different movements and pressures

Week Two: March 20th  12:45 – 2:15 Fellowship Hall
Theme: PLUNGE deeper in to the well of prayer
Scripture: Genesis 1:14-15
Prayer Practice:  contemplation, Be Still and Know God
Art Activity: crayon, cray-pas or oil pastels with your non-dominant hand

Week Three: March 27th  12:45 – 2:15 MPR
Theme: WALK with endurance the hills and valleys of life
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13
Prayer Practice:  Movement, body prayer
Art Activity: collage, water-color and markers: opportunities to pray

Week Four: April 3rd  12:45 – 2:15 Fellowship Hall
Theme: DIG, tilling your hearth, preparing to receive
Scripture: Matthew 13:20-21
Prayer Practice:  Reflection on a difficult experience
Art Activity: Sharpies, oil pastels, color washes with line, color, texture and blending

Week Five: April 10th 12:45 – 2:15 Fellowship Hall
Theme: HOLD: give consent for God’s love
Scripture: Song of Solomon 7:10-13
Prayer Practice:  reading, reflection on sensory pleasures and poetry writing
Art Activity: tempra paint with complementary colors creating color energy

Week Six: April 17th  12:45 – 2:15 Fellowship Hall
Theme: MINE the treasures God has placed within you.
Scripture: Exodus 39:10-13
Prayer Practice:  Breathing, relaxation and rest
Art Activity: all color media, using many colors, filling the page with child-like wonder

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