Jump to Navigation

Resources

Using Art to Include Shut-ins in Worship and Church Life

When church members suffer strokes, serious illnesses or other challenges, their ability to attend worship is severely hampered. Too often, they fall off the congregation’s radar. According to the Rev. Colleen Kwong, a part-time minister of arts at Christ UCC in Milwaukee, home visits that include art can help shut-ins connect with the life of their faith community. For example, she said in an interview posted to the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, a website devoted to promoting and strengthening worship in Christian worship communities, “For Lent we put together a Lenten booklet and asked everyone from the congregation, including children and regular attenders, to contribute. ... Some people that we might call “shut-ins” participated too. For example, one woman wrote, ‘When I was young, God rained in a gentle spring shower and I grew...Now life is like a peaceful river and I’m flowing with God.’“ Other church members who had heard her name in corporate prayer but didn’t really know her “didn’t realize she was still so vital.” Her contribution brought her more deeply into the minds and hearts of the church community.

Similarly, Rev. Kwong has made a travel communion set that includes a chalice, paten and cloth “so I can set a beautiful table of hospitality.” The point, she said, is not efficiency, but “bringing the church, in miniature, to the people.” One shut-in, Kwong reported, “said to me, with tears in her eyes, ‘I miss the sanctuary so much. Thank you for bringing the church to me.’“ Because everyone has a passion or gift, Kwong said, God invites us to “live it out and offer it to the church.” Also see our feature article, “The Changing Nature of Worship,” for an exploration of the ways worship is becoming more expressive.

News

News

Meeting Information Needs: Amazon's Alexa and The Church of England

"Religion exists to answer the questions and supply the needs that couldn’t possibly be bought with money. But...

Serving its Community Transformed a Dwindling Church

"Trinity’s building is surrounded by the bleaker symbols of urban life, including graffiti-covered billboards, a...

Caring for Creation

"Whether it is Wendell Berry, Michael Polan, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Pope Francis, Prince Charles, Mondragon or...

Calendar

Wed, May 30, 2018 - 07:30 pm
On Being, the Peabody Award-winning radio show and podcast, takes up the big questions of meaning at the center of human life: What...

Popular Tools

Search