Art as a Spiritual Activity
The Arts & Spirituality Ministry provides opportunities to explore our creativity, and to experience and share our spiritual journey through creative expression.
There is a special relationship between art and spirituality. The arts have always been integral to religion. Sacred pictures, symbols, dances, chants, hymns and tunes have been used in rituals, in places of worship, and as aids to prayer and meditation in every religion. The arts seem to be natural vehicles for expressing or connecting with God. The arts can transmit our central beliefs and values of our religious faith. At Good Shepherd Episcopal Church the various Arts and Spirituality Ministries are a good way for an individual to strengthen one’s faith and to express it in a spiritual dimension. This creative expression and reflection provides tools for engaging others, as well as a sense of replenishment and joy for the individuals who participate. Community participation is encouraged.
Whether one joins one of the ministries primarily as a personal quest or to share in the fellowship of fellow artists, participation facilitates expression and strivings of the soul. The mediums of fiber, paint, paper, plants or film can be an appropriate channel for expressing and developing spirituality. The artist can use symbolic weight and the significance of various colors, textures and shapes to communicate the deepest thoughts, ideas and prayers.
Fiber Arts Group
You are welcome to join a fiber group meeting on the second Monday of the month at 10:00 am in the undercroft. Bring your knitting, crochet, sewing, handwork and your lunch. No dues, no agenda, probably no program, just a community gathering of fiber folk. You might pick up an idea or two. Invite your fiber friends.
Anne Wolf, Coordinator
Knitting and Prayer Shawl Ministry
This wonderful group of people makes beautiful shawls for those in need as well as for celebration, baby blankets, prayer squares and premie hats for newborns. Each piece once completed is individually blessed. Anyone is permitted to take a knitted piece for themselves or a loved one. This group meets the 4th Monday of each month at 10:00 am in the Dogwood Room. Please join us for this blessed time of fun and fellowship.
The Prayer Gardens Ministry seeks to honor the spiritual connection we have to God in nature through the design of our Prayer Gardens. Participation is not just through working as a Garden Angel maintaining our Church Gardens; walking the gardens, sitting and praying are also an integral part of gardens. They are available to our church family and the local communities. Come, enjoy the gardens...they never close.
Think of this...we take a word "prompt" such as the word shoes, friend or books and this word triggers our group to write on that weekly prompt. We then share our stories at the next class, where you are asked to speak on your subject for 7 minutes. This exercise allows us to drive into our memory in different ways. We have also discovered that this establishes a sense of being safe, caring and just having a lot of fun together.
Jean Gora, Coordinator
This group is for anyone with artistic interest in painting and/or drawing (whether you feel you have any experience or talents in these areas or not)...come and see. Our purpose is to experience God through creating and to feel the joy that this brings to us through our experience. All medias are welcomed.
Stephanie Forbes, Coordinator
Photography entitles one to see into the sacred in Creation. Our world is afire with the Glory of God. Photography helps us find our way back into nature. Photography also helps those of us with natural deficit disorder. Discover the beauty that photography can bring about in your life!
Pat Mahon, Coordinator
Storytelling is vital for all of us. It is a means to preserve family history, inform and entertain others, share values and visions, and build our heartfelt reflections, discoveries and imaginations. From introducing ourselves, seeking a new job, relating family stories, entertaining others and making career-long presentations, stories help people build confidence, focus on what is important and be aware of listener reactions.
Kanute Rarey, Coordinator
Quilts for Honduras
This is a group of people who are using their skills to do something useful and helpful-making beautiful, utilitarian quilts that will be given to children at the Lamb Institute in Honduras. This group has spent many fun hours together creating lasting memories both for themselves and for the recipients of these warm and love-filled gifts. Please join us.
Helga Reaves, Coordinator
This is a time for fellowship for anyone interested in stamping with rubber stamps and all the other wonderful supplies that can be used in this creative endeavor. We meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month at l:00 pm in the undercroft. Newcomers are always welcome to join in with this fun group of people!
Susan Morgan, Coordinator