SandArtistry opportunity for your congregation
” John 15
A Powerful SandArtistry Event for Your Congregation
Rev. Gary Alan Shockley, Artist and Speaker
Looking for an innovative and inspirational event for your church? Seeking a renewal or revival service?
I believe God has given me the gift of artistic creativity, and specifically the medium of sand art, to be a positive catalyst for change in the world and inspire others toward faith-filled and imaginative living.
In response to this calling I have created a one-hour event that incorporates two 15 minute SandArtistry performances with a message in between from John 15 that will encourage your people to abide in God.
Lately, God has been speaking to me through John 15 when Jesus said, “Abide in me as I abide in you…because apart from me you can do nothing…NO thing.” In these anxious and often fearful times I believe Jesus is calling us to learn how to abide in him. To abide is to open ourselves more fully to the reality of God in, around and through us. Abiding is taking up our home in God and God in us. To abide is to live without fear, worry, mistrust and lack of purpose. Abiding is to see and celebrate the love and presence of God in ourselves and everyone around us.
I would love to share this timely message of encouragement with your group.
Let me know if I can use my gifts to help you ABIDE. Send me an email to schedule ABIDE with your group: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit my website at garyshockley.wordpress.com
to learn about SandArtistry and view a promotional video.
Resources for Vital Congregations
Lewis Center for Church Leadership
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Books
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Serve Your Neighbor
GBHEM Leadership Resources
Living Faithfully: Human Sexuality and the United Methodist Church
Englewood Book Review
Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations
Ted Talks: The Golden Circle
Ted Talks: The Power of Vulnerability
Ted Talks: The Price of Invulnerability
Meditations on the Ministry of All Christians
Be A Disciple
A Disciple’s Path; A Guide for United Methodist
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Adult Christian Studies from the Wesley Ministry Network
Traveling Together: A Guide for Disciple Forming Congregations
Living As United Methodist Christians
Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Reclaiming our Wesleyan Tradition: John Wesley’s Sermons for Today
John Wesley Sermons: Anthology
Get Their Name
Evangelism & Theology in the Wesleyan Spirit
Canoeing the Mountains
Fresh Expressions: Dinner Church
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: Reach New Disciples
Lewis Center for Church Leadership: 50 Ways to Reach People
Community: The Structure of Belonging
RESOURCES TO CONNECT WITH THE COMMUNITY:
Institute for Emerging Issues
Congregations 4 Children
The Royce and Jane Reynolds Ministry Fund Grants
The Duke Endowment
The Appalachian District Church Vitality Team has been prayerfully seeking ways to help support you and the ministries of your local congregation during this COVID-19 pandemic. Together they have diligently researched and connected with others throughout the conference and our denomination to identify resources and offer them to you. We hope they will be helpful to you and bless you greatly in leading your churches and communities through this unprecedented time. We are very grateful to the District Vitality Team and other contributors for their great work on this resource.
This faithful team has created three documents, two of which you are receiving today. They include:
- Family Home Worship – designed to help families establish a regular worship space within their homes as well as a time where they can worship together.
- Tech Strategies – to help guide you in selecting effective tools and resources within your budget to best communicate in the digital world.
We believe these resources will be of great benefit to you. Also know that the District Vitality Team is available to answer any questions you might have in regards to the documents attached. If you have questions, you may email Rev. Howard Fleming at email@example.com.