This is a two-day workshop (with follow-up consulting and coaching) for up to 20 parishioners. Its purpose is to build a Visual Arts Team in the congregation which will be equipped to provide the visual component for worship across the span of the liturgical year.
No special experience is required. My gift is to bring out the creative artist in each participant and to help the group bond as an effective team, capable of training others to become engaged in this aspect of worship.
[Photos from Baptism of Jesus (above) and installing the Christmas triskallion at First Plymouth Church]
This is a one-day silent retreat for up to 25 parishioners (depending on space restrictions) which can be held either on or off site. Participants work with between 2 and 5 painted and fabric icons over the course of the day. They are invited to journal or play-create with various art supplies to reflect on their experience of deep prayer.
Lay Reader Training
In a culture where reading aloud is practiced less and less, worship associates often find it difficult to capture a rhythm and pace that brings the Biblical word or prayer alive in the assembly. Inflection, volume, and pronunciation are all important, but at the same time it is necessary to create expansive verbal space to allow the listeners to hear with both heart and mind. During the process, I share the skills I learned during my professional training and my work in theatre to equip others to bring meaning and power to scripture and other worship elements.
This workshop is effective in a single congregation or sponsored by a group of congregations. It is designed to include a one-day workshop followed by three or four weekly meetings over the following month. Follow-up consultation and coaching can be added on. [Note: This training can be adapted to a two- or three-day retreat if follow-up is not possible. ]