Art Workshop Idea
Summary of Lesson Activities:
"Creating a Prayer Wall" for the congregation.
- 2x4 sheets of drywall
- Colored duct tape
- Premade stand
- Make stand
- Gather materials
- Read the scripture.
Opening-Welcome and Lesson Introduction:
Greet the children and introduce yourself.
Open with a prayer.
Dig-Main Content and Reflection:
In the Art Workshop, students will work collaboratively to design and paint 4 panels that correspond to A-C-T-S: Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication
Depending on how many classes you have, you could have each class produce 1 panel during its week in the Art Workshop, thus rolling out the Prayer Wall over a period of weeks.
Each week after it is created and put on display, members of the congregation are invited to TACK NOTES to the new Prayer Wall panel. You'll eventually collect a "wall of prayer" which you can leave up for a few weeks, --as others will no doubt want to add to panels when they attend.
The panels can be made out of 2' x 4' sheets of drywall. Drywall is easy to paint on with watercolors, quick to dry, and easy to pin notes to. Use colored duct tape to frame the border of the panels.
Make a simple stand out of three 2" x 4" x 6* foot uprights and two cross pieces of 2" x 4" x 8' studs. Place the bottom cross piece about 2 feet above the ground so that the panels are within reading distance.
You will produce ONE panel PER Week. The new panel will need some time to dry, so you can place the previous week's panel out on display as part of your Art Workshop, and have the students begin to add their A-C-T-S prayers to the panels.
The Four Panels:
• A – Adoration – praise to God – God is awesome, Holy is your name. (Hallowed be Thy name).
Ideas for panel: Names of God.
• C – Confession – confess what we did wrong, tell what we’re sorry for (Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive our trespassers).
Ideas for panel: Creatively painted 'starter phrases' such as, "I should have..." and "I need to remember to..." and "I need to stop...."
• T – Thanksgiving – give thanks to God, grateful for God’s blessings (thank you for this beautiful day).
Ideas for panel: Creatively painted pictures of people and things kids are grateful for.
• S – Supplication – or asking – asking for help for yourself or others, asking for what we need, (Give us this day our daily bread).
Ideas for panel: Creatively painted phrases, such as: "I need..." "Give this person...." "Keep an eye on ...." "In my school/work we need..."
For the bulletin: You are invited to come to our prayer wall in the narthex. Stop & pray with the prayers already hanging there. We encourage you to write your own prayer & tack it to the wall, also. Rotation Sunday School.
Suggestion: Pass out Post it Notes during prayer-time in Worship. Have members post their prayers as they leave worship, or collect them and post them for them.
A concept from Rachel H and Neil M, with ideas from other posts as well...
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