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In this new year, we are launching a new ministry at Trinity designed to bring hope to ourselves and our neighbors! We will harness the power of creativity to unleash abundant life through a Community Makerspace Collaborative with Cherry Grove and Mason UMCs. Working together, we will create monthly experiments in each location. Participants, for a small fee, will come together for a time of creativity in an intentional culture of encouragement, exploration, and experimentation.

Over the next several months, I’ll be exploring how this ministry helps to bring healing and wholeness, bring people together across divides, and sparks co-creation of a new future. Stay tuned for each Newsletter article.

So how does our Community Makerspace bring healing and wholeness?

The Pandemic highlighted our deep need for community in order to be whole, and also caused people begin to reexamine their work and time choices. People are caught up in a world of work, where value is determined by productivity. People are hurting and need healing, need rest and restoration, need balance and hope.

For Christians, we turn to God to help us discover a healthy balance of work and rest, find healing from all harms, and find wholeness in the depths of our soul. Yet this is no easy task, and for non-Christians it is even harder. How can we help one-another to connect with the source of all healing and discover pathways to wholeness?

The Community Makerspace is all about fostering creativity in community. Since one of the names of God is Creator, and a fundamental attribute of the Trinity is Community, it makes sense that fostering creativity in community is opening ourselves up to God! Additionally, since we are made in the image of God, this work also opens us up more fully to ourselves (wholeness).

Creativity has been shown scientifically to be a good therapeutic vehicle for restoration and healing. The American Art Therapy Association says, “Art therapy is used to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, cultivate emotional resilience, promote insight, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal and ecological change.”

On an intuitive level and an objective level, a scientific level and a spiritual level, a Community Makerspace is a beneficial space for all people to find healing and wholeness. Join a class, dabble in something creative, bring a friend, and see how the power of creativity can add value to your lives!

Pastor Jennifer