Worship Life

Visual Faith - For ALL PEOPLE

SO how do we open the door for ALL People to engage in Visual Faith practices?

How do we invite ALL people to engage and experiment with Visual Faith practices? One of the things we are asked by planning teams is how to bridge the gender gap. An easy thing to do is- invite everyone!! Make your event or gathering intergenerational and non-gendered. Often events are designated as an event for women- hosted by the Women’s Ministry or the Lutheran WOMEN’S Missionary League. Gathering in our churches can be segregated by age and gender. Visual Faith events can bring all ages together without being exclusionary.

How do we invite ALL people to engage and experiment with Visual Faith practices? One of the things we are asked by planning teams is how to bridge the gender gap. An easy thing to do is- invite everyone!! Make your event or gathering intergenerational and non-gendered. Often events are designated as an event for women- hosted by the Women’s Ministry or the Lutheran WOMEN’S Missionary League. Gathering in our churches can be segregated by age and gender. Visual Faith events can bring all ages together without being exclusionary.

Here is a group of people in Puerto Rico recently that attended a Visual Faith event led by Visual Faith Coach Judy May and the team from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Resources were created in Spanish and we are continuing to find and create new Spanish resources. Some things are up on the VFM website. This event was also attended by men. Once of the things that is helpful is simply to '“not assume” that men would not be interested in Visual Faith practices. Perhaps the assumption to be made is that they are interested in PRAYER. When prayer practices connect to learning style rather than gender- this allows connections to be made that make sense for each person.

Here is a group of people in Puerto Rico recently that attended a Visual Faith event led by Visual Faith Coach Judy May and the team from Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Resources were created in Spanish and we are continuing to find and create new Spanish resources. Some things are up on the VFM website. This event was also attended by men. Once of the things that is helpful is simply to '“not assume” that men would not be interested in Visual Faith practices. Perhaps the assumption to be made is that they are interested in PRAYER. When prayer practices connect to learning style rather than gender- this allows connections to be made that make sense for each person.

We know that Preschool teachers are using Visual Faith practices in the classroom with 3 and 4 year olds. Kindergarten is a great age to begin to add words to Visual Prayers. Here- above- we see that at the age of 9- a Visual Faith paper bag journal is a great project for an early elementary student. So when you are thinking about planning an event- ask how this might involve whole families! It is a powerful image to see parents sitting and praying at the table with their children. Memory making happens when there are three generations to share teaching, learning and experimenting with Visual Faith practices. We look forward to seeing how YOU bring ALL PEOPLE together for an event!

We know that Preschool teachers are using Visual Faith practices in the classroom with 3 and 4 year olds. Kindergarten is a great age to begin to add words to Visual Prayers. Here- above- we see that at the age of 9- a Visual Faith paper bag journal is a great project for an early elementary student. So when you are thinking about planning an event- ask how this might involve whole families! It is a powerful image to see parents sitting and praying at the table with their children. Memory making happens when there are three generations to share teaching, learning and experimenting with Visual Faith practices. We look forward to seeing how YOU bring ALL PEOPLE together for an event!

Young Disciples as Visual Faith Artists

What does the Holy Week story look like through the eyes of young artists?

Here is a the story of preschoolers at Prince of Peace Lutheran School

in Srpingfield, Virginia that carry out the 30 year old tradition

of telling this wonderful story— their own way.

They begin by sharing the story of Zaccheus who has something in common with folks of short stature. The 4 year old classes do all of the murals except The Last Supper which is created by the Kindergarten class.  In the 4 year old classes the teachers read the Bible story of the mural they are going to work on, then ask the children for ideas. How can they tell this story with a picture?

They begin by sharing the story of Zaccheus who has something in common with folks of short stature. The 4 year old classes do all of the murals except The Last Supper which is created by the Kindergarten class.

In the 4 year old classes the teachers read the Bible story of the mural they are going to work on, then ask the children for ideas. How can they tell this story with a picture?

The large murals- measuring about 3 by 4 feet in size are begun about 2 weeks before the Easter Chapel schedules. The images are drawn by the young artists, colored, finished, cut out and then assembled in groups to create each story board .

The large murals- measuring about 3 by 4 feet in size are begun about 2 weeks before the Easter Chapel schedules. The images are drawn by the young artists, colored, finished, cut out and then assembled in groups to create each story board .

The Kindergarten class reads several versions of The Last Supper and look at different artist’s interpretations of that story. Then we talk about how they could tell that story.and what elements were essential in the mural to do so.

The Kindergarten class reads several versions of The Last Supper and look at different artist’s interpretations of that story. Then we talk about how they could tell that story.and what elements were essential in the mural to do so.

Most of the art is process art. They are also places for cooperative work together.

Most of the art is process art. They are also places for cooperative work together.

Visual Faith Coach- Bonnie Hughes also serves as the Preschool Art Teacher. Her long tenure in this position has led to the development of wonderful Visual story telling. The murals are then all placed in the Sanctuary for the Easter Chapels- when families, grandparents and friends come to hear the stories and join in the worship together. Bonnie Hughes says this about the project-  “This art is an example of children working not only as artists, but as disciples of Jesus ,telling important faith stories through their work."

Visual Faith Coach- Bonnie Hughes also serves as the Preschool Art Teacher. Her long tenure in this position has led to the development of wonderful Visual story telling. The murals are then all placed in the Sanctuary for the Easter Chapels- when families, grandparents and friends come to hear the stories and join in the worship together. Bonnie Hughes says this about the project-

“This art is an example of children working not only as artists, but as disciples of Jesus ,telling important faith stories through their work."

The murals are left in the Church Narthex to greet all worshippers for Holy Week. You can almost hear the Alleluia - He is Alive! Thank you to Bonnie Hughes for the photos and story to share with the Visual Faith Community. Blessed Holy Week and Easter to all!

The murals are left in the Church Narthex to greet all worshippers for Holy Week. You can almost hear the Alleluia - He is Alive! Thank you to Bonnie Hughes for the photos and story to share with the Visual Faith Community. Blessed Holy Week and Easter to all!