My denomination sponsored a workshop today called Reimagining Art for Worship. Led by Diane Brandt, this was a great day and a great workshop. Diane Brandt is the creative arts pastor at a church in nearby Lancaster, PA. She gave us a lot to work with. We started off working with Play-Doh, creating something that reflected a moment of blessing from the day before.
After that, she had us create a piece of art that reflected our view of God. It was really quite interesting to try to put into pictures what is in our hearts. In the midst of this all was a constant insistence that we be kind to ourselves and respectful of where we are in our creative journey. Brandt was a constant source of encouragement. Then before our lunch break, she showed us examples of the work that she had done. It’s clear she is a very talented artist, yet she was continually humble. After a lunch break we reconvened around a Scripture (the woman at the well), and through a process of Lectio Divina and prayer, each participant allowed the passage to speak to us and then created a way to express the passage as if we were going to share it in a church/worship environment. I was amazed at the diversity of creations that were created around the room.
This was a really good day, and even though I do a lot of this stuff already and on my own, it was good to sit under someone else’s teaching and to fellowship with other church leaders wanting to increase the creativity in their ministries. I learned a lot today and I can’t wait to put it into practice.