THESE ARE JUST SOME OF THE AREAS WE ARE BEGINNING TO EXPLORE. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER CREATIVE WAYS FOR YOU TO EXPLORE GOD . . .

All the Way Back to the Tabernacle

God’s blueprint for the Tabernacle of Moses was full of colour, dazzling work to be carried out by master craftsmen.  One of these, Bezalel, is described by God as being filled with the Spirit of God and gifted to do the work, to oversee and teach (Exodus 31: 1-5).  Skills needed to follow God’s blueprint for this place of extraordinary worship and encounter included: metal work (in gold, silver and bronze), jewellery (stone cutting), woodwork, textiles (curtains, linen, fur), clothing (priestly garments), perfumes (anointing oil and incense).  What was made was not only beautiful, but immensely prophetic because it metaphorically foretold the life and ministry of Jesus Christ, thousands of years later.

We have used a weaving frame as prayer, several versions of hanging clouds (a pillar of cloud in fabric, a prayer cloud and a multi-faceted paper cloud with lights inside as part of an installation that allowed interactive response to God.

Working from inspiration by the Holy Spirit, we have used draped fabric as part of the atmosphere design in conference settings. At times long lengths of fabric have been part of prophetic dance to pray in something we felt the Holy Spirit wanted to do.

We are exploring embroidered works carried out as part of worship sessions- sometimes an intricate piece made by an embroider and on another occasion a collective of people made a textile quilt wall hanging during many Sunday church services as worship.

Further Exploration

Over the years we have used crafting and fabrics for much of atmosphere design, as accessories for dancers and also as mission giveaways – but there is more to discover.  Some of our pioneering Creatives are busy exploring this area further.

Textiles

We have explored making costumes as part of a prophetic message the dance and movement team would release. This included clothing but also many different hand accessories for adults and children that greatly enhance the area of movement in worship.

Costume

They come in many forms and combinations bringing together elements like art, visuals, words and media for the purpose of interaction. Prayer stations are a good example of this.

One year when the theme for a conference was finding greater depth in God, Jaclyn Stuart handpainted a set of stones to represent a central 'well' in the main auditorium. It formed an interactive focus for people to gather round and connect with God through  the words painted on the stones that reflected His attributes.

Installations

Prayerloom 2016   “a collaborative wall hanging/weaving open frame weaving space – to encourage creative expression of prayer and/or worship through fibre and fabric.”  This was carried out in the front area during worship and seminars at a Christian conference. The yarn used was commissioned from a wool supplier who wrote a key Bible scripture for the event (Ezekiel 1:4) on the wool before dyeing it in rich colours.

Weaving

The same fabrics are reused time and again, sometimes being dyed – one hanging of fire-like fabrics was used multiple years – at one year blue was added to signify communion and revelation – and at CLAN Gathering 2016 in its red/orange/white colourway it was used as a fire tunnel, to pray for a long line of people.

Multi Purpose

This is an area that is being explored within the area of hand massage on outreach as well as for contributing to the atmosphere design for a particular purpose.

Prophetic Acts

Fragrance

Ceramics

We have had a pottery wheel in use at one event; handbuilding and painting pots has been done during worship (2016).  Clay pots and the potter’s work recur throughout the Bible as metaphor.

One year, as a prophetic act for the bride of Christ, a set of tissue flowers were made and carried on a small canopy (similar to the one used in Jewish wedding ceremonies) and then thrown over the bride ( the assembled women) as a surprise, right at the end of the conference.

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