A couple of months ago I received a very exciting email: would I come and lead a private workshop for a Bible study group? It was from a past guest at one of my last Art & Prayer Workshops. I said, "Of course!" We navigated the logistics, and just last Sunday met together to learn from one another where God might be speaking to us about how to use art as a means to entering prayer. It was a phenomenal time, and such a gift to be a part of this group for this short time.
Afterwords, I asked the hostess if she would mind sharing her experience, in the form of a review. Below is what she had to say about attending, and hostessing, an Art & Prayer Workshop. Thank you, Elaina, for sharing your thoughts and heart with me (and us!) in your reflection.
"I first attended this workshop after visiting the E:V site and checking out the Art and Prayer Workshop link. I'm an artist and I love Jesus, I've never participated in a workshop that could combine the two so I signed myself up. I had no idea what to expect but there I sat with a group of strangers participating together. It was peaceful and really helped me experience God in a way I hadn't before.
I realized that this workshop isn't [only] for artists, it's for everyone. The people in my first workshop were all diverse in age and personality. Yet we each left having a memorable experience. I strongly felt the need to share this experience with friends. I considered my bible study group; we had been gathering for 2 years and I felt we could have an intimate time together. They all experienced a greater way to study the bible, express themselves, and dig further into their life experiences and were reminded how God was and is present with us. My friends all said they enjoyed the workshop and some said they had learned new ways to connect with God and the bible. It was a success.
Christine creates a positive and comfortable atmosphere, she guides you through each step and shows you how to further experience the bible and parts of yourself through art. She uses photographic art of her own and it's amazing how it truly ministers to each person and very differently. She's a blessing and God definitely uses her gifts as a ministry for others." -Elaina S.