"We have a creator God, who made us to be creative and for some time we have been exploring how we can use the arts in our worship." Sue
On Saturday 19th October, 50+ Network gathered together some of our church members to share their skills by leading creative workshops. The day was about sharing life and sharing skills and enjoying fellowship over activities such as; painting, lace making, pyrography, card making, electronics, calligraphy, jewellery making, knitting, sewing and creative writing. They also shared lunch together and the day was enjoyed by people from all parts of the church. Sue Bishop, one of the organisers shares some reflections with us:
"It was great to explore our creativity, to meet new people and to engage in good conversations." Sue
We have a creator God, who made us to be creative and for some time we have been exploring how we can use the arts in our worship. Two years ago we held an art exhibition where members of the congregation exhibited their art and craft work and it was clear that we had a pool of talented people. Two things grew from this: firstly, a steering group to oversee visual art at Christmas and Easter (eg. the painting, "Prepare ye the way of the Lord" at Christmas, the graffiti wall at Easter and the flames at Pentecost - all which help us to worship). The second, was the idea of organising an event where people could share their skills and the first Creative Day was born.
"Being creative together breaks down all sorts of barriers and encourages inter generational understanding and the building up of the Church as family." Sue
Providing lunch made it welcoming and gave guests the chance to socialise. We hoped that people would be able to invite their non Christian friends too. The first Creative Day was a great success; we had several people bringing their friends and many people asked to do it again.
This year there was a mix of age groups; being creative together breaks down all sorts of barriers and encourages inter generational understanding and the building up of the Church as family. The event was covered in prayer. On the day, in a relaxed atmosphere people were able to talk and share; we felt truly blessed!
"We encouraged one another, sympathised when things went wrong, shared our frustrations, laughed together, admired each other's progress" Jenny
Debbie works hard throughout the year organising lots of the art work for events like Christmas and Easter. This can be a big operation so lot's of help is often needed. Creative Day was a success because she "not only got to know people I didn't know before, but finding no less than 3 lots of people who will help make the Christmas banner - a real answer to prayer." Debbie
How did Creative Day help you to share life and love Leeds?
"Fellowship was built as we jointly learnt a new skill. We encouraged one another, sympathised when things went wrong, shared our frustrations, laughed together, admired each other's progress. Around our tables we introduced ourselves and learnt something about each other. God was in the sharing of our lives on that day. We had made new and reinforced old relationships. People came from all over the city, the fellowship of the 50+ Network was strengthened." Jenny
"It was a great opportunity to get to know other members of the Church, of all ages, and spend time together doing something creative. I met new acquaintances with similar hobbies and learnt new sewing techniques from other members in the group. It was a very enjoyable day and the food was brilliant!" Grace
"For me, the creative day is something of a response to the 'Shape Course' in that it was a way to share a gift that I believe I have with wider group and encourage them to see if they are like minded. I think that seeds of growth that we plant as Christians aren't limited to faith but also to a realisation of ministry, which is what I hoped to inculcate via sketch writing. It was also good, cathartic even, to be able to share how I have written stuff in the past and some of my reasons for writing. It's quite difficult to explain a part of your life that is usually a fairly solitary experience and open it up for analysis, so I suppose the experience for me was a test of my trust in my fellow Christians as well as in the 'Boss upstairs' that I was right to offer the workshop that I did. Having said all that I found the morning fun and the time just flew by!" Clive
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