To help with tidying up the art tables in the sanctuary once a month, click this link and specify you’d like to join “Edify the Church.”
Since 2012 our church has provided art tables in the sanctuary during services, to allow people to express what God is doing inside them through visual and written means. We open the tables before the worship music starts, and we keep them open during the sermon so that creative folks can stay there and process the spoken Word, even during the sermon.
The tables include crayons, watercolors, colored pencils, and similar not-too-messy mediums that are accessible in terms of completion time, ability ranges, and cleanup.
We didn’t want the sign to convey that “only artists” are allowed over here. After all, a very high percentage of even the most accomplished artists feel inadequate and are constantly worried about being compared to other artists. Therefore, our sign says:
“Art Tables: You’re invited to respond to God by MAKING STUFF during today’s service in Quiet Contemplation. Please no unattended children.”
This has been working very well!