This year in our Shared Confirmation Program, we used Sparkhouse's re:form curriculum and DVDs, enjoyed a Autumn retreat together and integrated Art and Prayer elements to the expereince.The heart image below is a prayer process of weaving hopes and sorrows in a visual manner. This exercise was adapted from my friend Lynne Farrow's resource book: Art Making and Metaphor
Last Sunday, this group of youth, their parents and teaching team had an opportunity to meet at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center to share in a time of games, art making, food and fellowship.
The banner project was begun by our Create Fellowship that meets on a monthly basis at First Lutheran Church. This group designed the banner, transferred this design on a canvas painters drop cloth by using masking tape as a guide, and began painting the banner.
Acrylic paints (found at a Walmart or Michael's) were applied to the canvas to create the Pentecost themed design with wind, fire, a dove, chalice as well as a banner dating the year of Confirmation.
Confirmation Students wrote reflections of the experience, hi-lights of what they have learned as well as how they intend to use their gifts in their home churches as brand-new adult members. Art projects like this involve many people, allow for reflection, and implement visual skills as a means for expressing ideas.
The paint is almost dry, and the tape is about to be pulled to reveal what was created by our collective community. This banner will be revealed on Sunday May 19th at our service of Confirmation.
Stay tuned for pictures of the finished product.