This week CafeChurch was led by Pam and Ellie, who helped us explore creativity and prayer.
To introduce things each table had a sheet with reflections on it:
He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
When making objects and things, your soul is deeply entwined with the object. We, as beings, are no exception. Our souls are creative because they were formed by God; so we search for God through creative ways. Making something tangible, either for yourself or for others, requires intention, love, and energy (“heart, soul, strength, and mind”) thus our souls are inextricably linked with the things we create. So then, how can we utilise our creativity in pursuit of God?
For tonight, we will construct booklets to facilitate and explore prayer and meditation.
When constructing your booklets, think about the ways God has manifested your creative souls. What are these talents? Why do you think God gave you your specific individual gifts and talents?
(Do not worry about perfecting the final product. We are creations mirrored in the likeness of God, and He that his creations were good. Similarly, our creations are a reflection of us; imperfect but good. J)
After some chatting about our understanding of creativity and our understanding of God we (some of us slightly nervously) moved over to the tables that had been set up with a whole range of craft materials and some very good instructions about how to actually make the books.
Book Making Instructions:
Take a sheet(s) of white paper and fold into fourths. These will serve as the pages of your book. There is sellotape should you want to increase the number of pages of your book.
Use the coloured poster board as the cover for your book. Your booklet can take on any forms! Glue one end of the white sheet to your book cover.
The physical book form is unique in that it lends itself to intimacy and exploration. Books and notebooks are used by artists for sketching, writers for reflection, and scientists for observation; all of these actions are deeply personal in a way speak of the passions of each individual.
Now that you have your own booklet, for what purpose will you dedicate your creation to?
Will your book be a space devoted for personal prayer and reflection? Will it assist with more creative exploration? Will your book be gift for someone else as a gesture of your love for them?
Whatever you purpose your decide for your booklet, let this souvenir be a reminder of the intention and love God created us with.