I have to say thank you to everyone who stopped by for the Art Fellowship Group this last week. Chuck and I are very encouraged to see the Holy Spirit on the move through the arts. In day to day life its easy to have our heads down and not notice that God is doing something greater. It is for that reason that coming together over this shared love of (and talent for) creativity is vital. I hope to see many of you throughout the year.
Instead of reviewing the entire meeting I will pick out some highlights. If you attended, please feel free to leave comments about anything I miss. If you weren’t able to make it I hope that this blog will keep you informed.
Here is the summary, via bullet points:
- We have a lot of artists who are connecting with our community. I heard several painters and photographers with a consensus that God was pushing them to grow in the area of their creativity. How exciting!
- There are many ongoing projects for many of the artists who joined last year. Highlights include Jennifer’s Healing the Damaged Soul show, Diantha’s blog, Kelly’s ongoing development of ASL worship dance, and this blog (do you like the new look?).
- The subject of mentoring/teaching art came up a couple of times related to connecting to young people. Many public schools lack funding for arts programs these days, so there is a clear need. Would you join us in praying for discernment of where God is moving within this need and how we could engage with our community?
- We introduced the book “The Creative Call: An Artist’s Response to the Way of the Spirit.” Over the next month we will read Chapters 1 and 2. Please make the time to journal, work through the activities, and memorize the verses at the beginning of each chapter if you can. We will discuss these chapters at next month’s meeting.
- A couple of random items that came up -Akiane Kramarik, child prodigy who painted Jesus…
- For those interested in online instruction in the arts streamed live for free: http://www.creativelive.com/
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or prayer requests, please leave a comment. See you all soon!