In keeping with the vision and the future Life of St Barnabas, of pursuing the encouragement of relationships, small group meetings, ministering an understanding of the Bible in an authentic manner, appealing to a modern, new and often fragmented society in South Africa and Cape Town, events have taken a very positive turn.
Under the leadership of Bruce Hewitson, on the 2nd of February 2012 the first small- group workshop under the newly formed banner of “The Creative Worship Workshop”, took place with a discussion which inspired the creative thinking minds towards a mini-debate, the basis of which could possibly lead to a future logo for the group, ”Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast”.
In addition the evening saw the creativeness in Flag dancing, a drawing of a Disa and where to find it on the mountain, prose and music.
The second creative workshop took place on the 28th February which was an evening of mainly music; although the group numbers were short with some of the first attendees not able to make it, new faces appeared and the evening saw the birth of a band. Names were suggested and after an entertaining and somewhat captivating performance the following Sunday, the newly coined Barney's Beetles showed the spirit and results induced and set in motion by the workshop.
The patient and inspiritment nature of good leadership of the group allows one to try things a new or out of your reach, such as musical instruments, and you can even get a fair chance to be able to sing besides in the shower cubicle. Although the creative worship workshop has a strong music background, the encouragement of other creative practice is certainly part of the objective.
Here are some idea’s to help you make the move to the workshop.
If you like writing anything from prose to short stories, or reporting to producing cartoons, then bring along your pen and paper and start creating. Bring extra paper and pens for others and suggest a topic.
If you like art, bring your pencils, charcoal, etching tools or anything else you can use to produce some new art and again please bring additional items to help give somebody else the chance to try what you do and for you to mentor for the evening to a small group in your favourite skill.
The workshop will encourage any media or forms of a creative nature, not everybody may be able to participate in all the activities at one time, so as the group grows so the array and choice of activities must grow too. With the recent award the City of Cape Town recently won, which bestows upon us the honour of being the World Design Capital till 2014, gives our creative workshop a chance to piggyback off this accolade by encouraging people through the Arts together with enjoyable worship of our Lord God, the ultimate Creator and help create that healthy society we all constantly have prayer for.
The CWW plans to take place on a semi-regular once-in-3 week schedule, starting from 19H00 till approximately 20H30 or till we have a RAP. Emails will be distributed beforehand confirming the date, so email Bruce on firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the mailing list.
That moment of transition between two states is awkward. Before, we are ungainly, clumsy, out of our element. Afterwards, one soars ... mostly. Ok, so there's the occasional crash, splash and embarrassment, but with persistence we become at home in the new environment, until the next change looms.
Non-Christian to Christian, child to adult, student to professional; again and again we step into a new life.
StB made a change a few years ago, to one where we became a lay-led community. As we've stumbled we grew, people changed and acquired new skills. We worked hard, but we became stronger, and found God didn't leave.
Now StB is going to see change again, a new environment faces us. We have new leadership, new ideas, new visions. In time, what will those who encounter us see? Will we be attractive?
I've heard it said that creativity is simply a manifestation of humanity, and that when we creatively dress, speak, and decorate our homes, we do so as a way for people to see into who we are. Christians should be the most creative of anyone, because in Christ our humanity is completed!
So as we step into another change, when people visit us, what will our creativity say?
(For another take on this, see here)