Visualise It!

PATHWAY
Community: Church Community
AGE GROUP
12-14 years, 14-16 years
Anticipate Time
2 hours min
GROUP SIZE
2-5, 5-15, 15-30
Values
Cooperation, Creativity, Enthusiasm, Reliability, Thoroughness

Synopsis

Group participants create one or a number of posters/artworks which capture the central theme of the sermon topic for a particular Sabbath.
Their work could be placed on the inside of church walls or as a display at the front of the church.

Through participation in this Pursuit, the Pathfinder will:

  1. Practice reaching a group consensus for a project
  2. Express spiritual themes visually
  3. Make a positive contribution to Church life

Scripture Focus

Memory Verse

Ecclesiastes 9:10
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.

“Not what we get, but what we give, measures the worth of the life we live.” (Anon) God has given us all many talents that He wants us to share. 
We all give out an influence at all times – positive or negative. What shall we choose?
NB. Numerous spiritual lessons could be drawn and personalised from the specific sermon topic and resulting artwork chosen for the Pursuit.

Preperation

  1. Ask the Pastor for a number of sermon topics for the next month. This will give group participants some choice in topics. Groups could then collectively brainstorm ways in which such themes could be visually represented.
Materials:
  • Blindfolds for each participant
  • A scene from the ‘Acts’, ‘Matthew’ or ‘Luke’ video series (select a scene that has a degree of ‘drama’)
  • Video and television for viewing or Data projector and screen.
  • Poster making materials, cardboard, pens, rulers, textas, paint etc.

OR

  • Collage materials

OR

  • Sculpting materials
  • Paints OR textas and pencils for the Commitment exercise (See Step 6)
  • One A4 piece of paper for each participant

Outline

1. Explain the intent of this Pursuit to the Pathfinders: that they are going to create a poster, artwork, or visual display which will highlight a sermon theme at a time agreed upon by themselves and the minister of the day. Share the spiritual themes that will be the focus of forthcoming sermons in the next month. Brainstorm some techniques they may use to create something visual to go with these themes. There is a lot of latitude with this Pursuit. It can be as large or as small as the Pathfinders choose. (Encourage them, however, to give their best in the direction they choose)

Questions to answer:

  • Will we work collectively or individually?
  • Will we produce one work or a number of smaller ones?
  • If there are a number, will they graphically fit together in some way or complement each other?
  • Will our posters / artwork / or display be realistic or abstract?
  • Will we use words? Bible texts?
  • Will we complete the works before, during or after the sermon?
  • What medium or mediums will we use?
  • Will we include collage items?
  • Will we incorporate church flowers or greenery as part of our display?
  • What can we include to really make our viewers think about the topic?

2. Encourage lateral thinking. Also, encourage the Pathfinders to consider deeply the theme for the day. Ask lots of questions to really get them thinking about it.

3. Work in close liaison with the minister and an artistic ‘expert’. Check with the person who is to do the flowers that week. Tell them of your planned activity. They may like to work in with you, or swap to another week. Enjoy creating!

4. Participants could be interviewed in the church service to share their interpretations of the theme together with an outline of the genesis of the work. Alternatively, if the work is a collective effort and more abstract in nature, they could write an interpretation of it, for inclusion in the church bulletin.

5. Participants respond to the following in their Journals after the display Sabbath:

• Here is my work. • This is why I value it

• This is how I did it • This is what I’ve learned

6. Say: Everything you do affects people around you in some way. Paint or create a reminder of this fact for your own bedroom wall. Give your Pathfinders paints,brushes and an A4 piece of paper to do this. (Give them the option of working with textas or pencils)

Debrief

Select from the questions below:
Reflection

  • Did you enjoy the experience?
  • How did people respond to your artwork?
  • How did their response make you feel?

Interpretation

  • Did the work convey a thought-provoking message?
  • What did you learn about yourself, the topic, and others in your group?
  • What personal qualities / values and attitudes did this activity really test?

Application

  • As you see other works of art, look for the ‘messages’ hidden in them. Try to imagine the feelings of the people who created them.
  • What do many pieces of art created recently tell you about the thinking in our world today?

Commitment

  • Everything you do affects people around you in some way. Paint or create a reminder of this fact for your own bedroom wall.