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Junior High Art Workshop @Vail Church 2/4/24

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  Vail Church's Junior High Sunday School Class, exploring their identity in Christ, was led in an art worship workshop of affirmations and who we are in Christ.  Collage was the medium where the students practiced their listening skills from God, and were led to concentrate on 1 of the many affirmations of who they are if they have decided to follow Jesus.  Many wrote the affirmation that they chose, and all were a beautiful collage of how they saw their affirmation statement.  All of the students were deeply engaged and would have worked longer if they had more than the 45 minutes allotted to the class.  Below is their raw artwork with some of their affirmations:.... Then, Wendy overlayed the students profiles that they had made during the previous week's class.  Not all of the same students were in attendance both weeks, but she worked with what she had.  The beautiful results are below:

Writing Workshops

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Come carve out some time to write and be inspired! 277 Hawthorn Blvd.  Glen Ellyn, IL Glen Ellyn Evangelical Covenant Church  

January Workshop on Hope and Joy-2024

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Breath as Prayer Bead Bookmark and Journal Blank Journal – found some inexpensive at Five Below store $5 for $5, if you want to share. Prayer Bead Supplies to Make at Home: You can use old beads from broken jewelry or rosaries (10 or 12 beads) Purchase a pack of colorful beads from Joann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby or Michaels. 16” string small enough to string through bead whole. Inexpensive cord can be purchased from Joann’s or Michaels too. Look for discount coupons before buying. There’s always a sale. Cross Charm or favorite charm from broken jewelry or rosary. Tied at end of bookmark to weight it down. Instructions: Cut a piece of cording or string to about 16”. If your journal is long make the cord a little longer. Ties a simple knot at the top of the string. Lace on your 10-12 beads. I used different size beads for my fingers to feel when saying the breath prayers. Tie a simple knot below the last bead that you strung on the cording. Tie a charm on the end of the cord. I used a cross

Now in 2 Different Locations in January!

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  See the art from this workshop  https://www.themakersspace.us/2023/10/visual-journaling-of-psalms-1-and-2.html Exciting things have been happening with The Maker's Space this January, 2024!  The Vail Church in Avon, Colorado has been wanting to start a creative group for the last few years.  This year, it is happening with 2 sessions scheduled for January, and more TBD.  It just took interested individuals to be willing to lead and open up space to slow down and listen to The Maker using different art forms. 

December 2023-Ornament Marbling of Lament Prayer

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  Supplies:  Empty plastic ornaments from a craft store, craft paint and or marbling craft plain available from a craft store or any extra you have, newspaper for dripping paint. Welcome to The Maker’s Space!   You have set aside this time to meet with your Maker and do something creative together!   Our God is such a creative God and is so full of joy at the presence of you and your attention and focus on Him.   Come and try to leave your burdens with Him for a while so that you can find rest, peace and hear how much He delights in you. Let’s ponder the awesome mystery of a Love that knew us before we were born and will follow us beyond the grave. We are going to start with a short meditation to help us shift our focus off of ourselves and on to God.   Listen, and then we will do a time of focused breathing to help us get out of our left brain control mode and into a right brain creative mode.   Deep focused breathing slows down a racing heart and helps kick in creative thinking, just

November 2023, and January 2024 workshops of The Maker's Space--Wet Felted Spring Bookmark Tutorial

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Welcome to the Maker’s Space.   You have chosen to carve out some time in your life to slow down and notice what God might be saying to you, using art to pray with your hands.   This is not a craft night, although we will be making something.   It is different than an art class, that we are doing something that you might not have done before for a reason.   And that is to get your brain out of a left-brain control mode and intro a right brain creative and sensitive mode.   This will help you hear what God might be saying to you and notice something that you haven’t noticed before. We are now going to focus on our breath, to start to leave all that we have brought in with us at the door, so we can meet with God and create with Him. 3 minutes Breathe in: “Many are the plans in a man’s heart,” Breathe out:   “But it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”   Proverbs 19:21 "Give up the illusion of being in control of your life. When things are going smoothly, it’s easy to feel as if you