Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #219 — ADVENTure Prayer Walk

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Advent BabyJesus strawADVENTure is a self-directed prayer walk we did several times at church on our college campus. It includes scriptures and short meditations combined with an activity at each prayer station designed to help ponder the true meaning of Christmas.

The church is set up with four candles around the outside of the room to represent a traditional Advent wreath. Another candle is positioned in the middle of the room to represent the Christ candle. These candles become the prayer stations where there are scripture meditations and supplies for an activity associated with each scripture passage.

Each week in worship we lit the Advent wreath (on stage), as well as the candle(s) at the prayer stations around the room. As we did, we read our scripture meditations aloud. One year we even kicked-off the ADVENTure walk (and Advent season) in church with a candlelight processional dance on the first Sunday of Advent. At the end of the dance, all five candles were set in place at their respective prayer stations. Another year our resident poet wrote a poem to accompany each station.

I have posted all meditations, as well as activity ideas for ADVENTure each week for your use. Feel free to use these meditations and ideas for your church, ministry or personal prayer life this most blessed CHRISTmas season. Here’s a schedule of Advent for 2015 and links to each week’s meditations and creative activities:

I encourage you to adapt this for your own purposes. Allow this to simply be the framework as you work with the creatives and artists in your church or ministry. If you click on the following links, they will take you to .pdf files of the hand-out we had available for the prayer walk and a list of supplies you will need: ADVENTure Instructions and ADVENTure Supply List.

Let me know if you have any questions by commenting below.

Blessings of ARTistry, CREATivity & BEaUty, Jody

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Create-A-DayWhat is Create-A-Day?  Just as One-A-Day® Vitamins help restore the nutrients we deplete in our bodies, so too do we need to refill, replenish and renew our creative souls. In 2015, watch for daily* posts to undergird your ministry; lead you to resources to nurture the creative spirit within; and draw you more deeply in worship of Jesus Christ. My goal is to provide you, the creative Christian, with over 250* resources to help you develop your ARTistry, CREATivity & capacity for BEaUty. Books, worship arts ministries, video series, websites, conferences—all geared towards artists, creatives, worshipers and people serving in worship and creative arts ministries. So, visit my blog every day* to see what creative resource I’ve hunted down for you. You can stay connected by following me on Twitter or Facebook. Or better yet, sign up to receive email updates by clicking the button to the left. We’ll watch the resources pile up as the year unfolds!
* I am a proponent of family time and Sabbath rest so don’t look for posts on weekends or Holidays.
God's Creative Gift by Jody ThomaeJody Thomae is the author of God’s Creative Gift—Unleashing the Artist in You, a devotional book with Bible studies to nurture the creative spirit within and to serve as a resource for creative Christians, artists, musicians and worshippers. She has been involved in worship arts ministry since 1997, coordinating artistic involvement in church services and regional worship events through dance, drama, poetry and fine arts. She performs, teaches, choreographs, preaches, coordinates and leads workshops in the area of creativity, spirituality and embodied prayer. JodyThomaeCDcoverart_FA_printShe has also recently released a devotional CD, Song of the Beloved. Her passion is for the revelation of God to be made more real through the prophetic use of the arts in church and formational ministry. It is her desire to portray the message of Christ’s desperate and unfailing love for His people to help sustain the hearts of the broken and weary. Life scriptures include Psalm 27; Isaiah 50:4-7; and Zephaniah 3:14-17.
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4 thoughts on “Create-A-Day: your daily dose of creativity #219 — ADVENTure Prayer Walk

  1. Reblogged this on God's Creative Gift — Unleashing the Artist in You and commented:

    I originally posted this in 2015 as a creative resource for Advent. I wanted to post it here as well as a Creative Spiritual Practice. ADVENTure is a creative and interactive prayer walk to contemplate the reason for the season. Designed to accompany the four weeks of the Advent season, each weekly devotional includes a focus on a “character” of the CHRISTmas story, as well as instructions for a creative or sensory experiential to accompany the meditation. This can be done within a church, ministry, small group, or family context. Kid-friendly and engaging.
    This post includes links to all five devotionals and instructions to assist you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below.
    Merry CHRISTmas, Jody

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