January 31st, 2018

With Our Hands: A Creative Spiritual Retreat


I can almost hear folks asking, “What does that mean?”  We are all given gifts by God, and we glorify God as we work, teach, play, and care for others. This creative retreat is another way to consider our gifts and honor God.  Our medium happens to be 3-D collage. 

Since the real purpose of this retreat is to spend time thinking about your faith journey, we will begin and end with devotions. WHO nurtures you; who do you nurture in return? WHAT brings you joy? WHERE do you look for inspiration? WHEN have you experienced stages of growth, challenge, stagnation, or faith-building? HOW do you express your gifts? WHY is that important? 

The bulk of the retreat on Friday evening and Saturday will offer Open Studio time in Fellowship Hall. Each person will choose from a variety of wooden cigar boxes. Then, layer upon layer of photos, words, paint, paper, and trinkets will come together to reveal some of what is important to you and your faith. A large selection of objects will be available, and you may bring small significant items to include in your piece. Some of us communicate well through words, song, or dance. This time, we will worship God with our hands. 

Visual arts allow creators and viewers to share memories, make associations, and find meaning. While there will be a ‘finished product’, the emphasis will definitely be on the process. So, ALL levels of artistic ability are welcome! 

Come to BPC on Friday, March 2nd at 7:00-9:00 PM and Saturday, March 3rd at 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM. Age recommendation is 6th grade and up. Register at the Welcome Window in the Gathering Space. Cost is $15 by Feb. 25, or $20 at the door. Childcare will be available on Friday evening by request (by Feb. 14). Snacks and supplies provided, but bring your own lunch. At 1:00 PM on Saturday there will be a guided Art Walk around BPC which is open to anyone. Bring a friend!


Susan Hunter

Scripture Reading for the Week
Isaiah 40:21-31
Psalm 147:1-11, 20c
1 Corinthains 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39