Creative Worship

Creative Worship At St John’s has a Facebook page where the group shares ideas.

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Remember to smile at the little things.

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Sometimes it is difficult to see the beauty until you get inside and look out from that perspective. Mindsets as well as buildings.

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Creative Worship, Sunday the 10th of May 2020

Use the resources here in your own time. Join us online between 7 and 8 pm on Sunday evening to discuss the theme of “How can we describe a relationship with God”. We may even have some musical worship too.

How to do this will be published on the facebook page (which shows up on this page). Or Email us quartz(AT)wordsmithcrafts.co.uk to be sent an invitation by e-mail.

Resources
These resources can be used just as they are, or might help you reflect on themes which feature in the book “The Shack” and the film of the book. These are themes like: suffering, the ups and downs of a personal relationship with God, how do we imagine “The Trinity” as three persons, and one being?

They will all benefit from taking time to do them, either before or after the meetup online for a discussion, so don’t feel pressured to rush.

Reflect
Joan Osborne wrote a song called “What if God Was One of Us”. This link will take you to a YouTube video, with the lyrics listed.
Listen to the song, watch the video.
Some questions to help you reflect:
* How does thinking of God as “one of us” make you feel?
* Read Philipians ch 2 vs 1-11 and listen to the song again. If God is close, in everyday life, does this tarnish our image of God or does it elevate the ordinary as an antidote to idolatry?

Discuss
Online! with a group of us using jitsi The name of the meeting is QuartzCreativeWorship.
The song we will be using can be found on YouTube https://youtu.be/6fak-h9_o4w

Create
Art is frustrating! The process of producing works of art takes skill and effort. Your perceived lack of success, especially if you invest yourself in the process, can completely undermine your self confidence. However, to not create can be just as bad. You may appear to be successful and conform to everyone’s expectations, but at the expense of suppressing your inner being. The author of “The Shack” uses his imagination to describe his relationship with God in strong images from his culture.

Here is a guide to some activities you could use to explore and express your relationship. Or you could just play with some clay and work through the meanings in Isaiah 45 5 – 13

Learn
What does the word “Theodicy” mean? If you enjoy using your reason to wrestle with complicated thoughts and discover #SensingMeaningfulness then it’s time for some theological research.
*An introductory essay to “Theodicy” can be found here “What is Theodicy”
*A broader discussion can be found here “Theodicy – A Brief Overview”

Lent 2019 – Quartz Activities

This year, in the run up to Easter, Quartz will be giving up Sunday afternoons in Lent for three creative activities on each Sunday.

#SensingSpirituality walk,
‘Reading’ our environment to search out and examine the sensations which make us more than just our physical elements.

Our route will take us through the diversity of Dumfries, both urban and natural. Each person will have a notebook and there will be stops for meditation and discussion. We will meet at St John’s at 14.00  and then walk on from there. Please dress for the weather!

#MysteryOfGod Discussion Group,
Using the Churches together in Britain and Ireland resources https://ctbi.org.uk/lent/
At 1 James Avenue

#MarysChoice meals
Wind up the day by cooking, or choosing to rest in the lap of God and listen. We will then eat together at Kate and Simon’s house, 1 James Avenue.

More information can be found in St Johns building, or on the Quartz at St Johns Dumfries Facebook page

Lent 2017 – book group

This year we will be preparing for Easter by discussing a book called “The Rebirthing of God” : Christianity’s struggle for new beginnings.

We will on Tuesday evenings, in Dumfries. We will also be meeting on google hangouts between 7 and 9pm for those who cannot get there in person CLICK HERE to join in (you will need a web cam!)

You can also contribute to an online discussion group that will run throughout Lent. Please contact wordsmithcrafts AT gmail DOT com

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