Sometimes we need to know how much God carries us in his heart. This is a simple activity that you can do to help with reflection.
What you need:
Big heart drawn onto a piece of card
A mat or cloth to put on the floor in case of spillages
Different paints and brushes or sponges
Wet wipes to clean and a bin for dirties
Optional – felt hearts that people can take away with them, rope or something to mark out a big heart on the floor.
Invite participants to paint their hand and when they are ready print their hand inside God’s heart. There is the option if they wish to write their name in their hand in the heart, they could also choose to print a hand and write names of people who need to know they are in Gods heart too. Once they’ve done their hand print they can move into the heart drawn out on the floor and sit or stand inside Gods heart. When and if they feel ready they can then move and choose to dance right inside Gods heart.
In October I had the privilege to dance with some ladies from Emmanuel Church, Guildford, where we put together a dance to In Christ Alone/ Solid Rock by Travis Cottrell.
Putting a dance together is always such a process, but the most enjoyable thing is taking time to draw close to God and seek out what he wants to say to others through our dance. One of the over arching themes during this dance, was the desire that God is our solid rock throughout all seasons, and will carry us ‘when all around is sinking sand’. Each dancer has a different skill and set of choreography to bring to a dance, which is why it’s a privilege to work together. God speaks to us all in different ways, and that includes through different movements.
We shared the dance during a missions Sunday, which gave a great opportunity to bless others and show how dance can be used to share a message. Do hope you are blessed as you watch. Know that God will carry, He’s bigger than what you are going through, let him carry you, and build you up when you need it most.
The Lords Prayer is a set of common words used across the world to pray to God, learn more about him and grow in our faith. As I started to run more and more workshops I recognised that the prayer offered a great opportunity to draw the group together at the beginning and end of a session using movement.
Over a period of time I began to build a set of choreography that could be used along the side the words, which could act as an icebreaker at the beginning of workshops. Moving and saying Gods word together.
Since then, many people have asked if there was a copy of the movements so they could take it back to their church and their group to share. Since sharing is central to what I do, I finally got round to making an instructional video. Use the movements as a starting point and add your own flavour or feeling to what is already there. Each of us pray differently and each of us move differently, so the movements are not necessarily one size fits all. They are however accessible to all ages and abilities and can be adapted as necessary.
We’d love to hear if you do this in your group, and how you get on, so make sure you let us know!
In March this year I signed up and decided to go ahead with this site, but for one reason or another I never quite got round to making time to build it, work on it and get it going! I am hoping this will change over the next week or so, building the different pages, and getting information up, so we can get a conversation going about life, living it expectantly and saying WOW to God regularly!
This is one of my favourite images from the dance retreat this year, taking the plunge to swim, move about, and laugh in the sea of unknown that God has for us. This whole blog is unknown, but I’m very excited about where it’s going to go. I do hope you’ll join the journey with me, and engage with what’s going on.