chURch News 1.29.16: International Student Conversations, Godly Play

By | January 29, 2016

PRISM English Conversation Group and Volunteer Orientation

Mondays @ 7 – 8:30pm | Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland

Do you realize the impact you can make on the lives of international students simply by meeting with them to converse in English? PRISM offers an English Conversation Group every Monday evening from 7-8:30pm at Bellefield Presbyterian Church in Oakland, and it is a great place for you to come volunteer. Not only is it an easy way to meet and talk with internationals, but it often leads to lasting friendships where you can share Christ through both actions and words. We are hosting an English Volunteer Orientation on Monday, February 15th, from 5:30 – 6:45pm. at Bellefield Church.   Come to learn about the program and get connected. It’s an easy way to start volunteering with us!  Please contact Lisa Boyd or Call 412-683-0342 if you have any questions

An Afternoon of Godly Play, “The Best Ways of Love”

Saturday February 13 @2:30 – 4:30 | Dave and Karen’s home

Our family had a blast doing Godly Play presentations at the beginning of worship during the Sundays of Advent. Now, together with Daniel Kaufman, we are excited to explore having more Godly Play style happenings with Upper Room this year.  Though we are not entirely clear about what Godly Play at Upper Room might be like by the end of the year, we want to start by sharing occasional Godly Play experiences.  If there is interest, we will do more.  Do let us know if you are curious about Godly Play!
For me (Karen), Godly Play is my absolute favorite way to explore the bible and draw near to God’s Spirit.  Rather than simply reading words on a page or listening to a sermon, the visual and tactile elements of Godly Play with its emphasis on space for genuine wondering, have opened up ways of being with God that bring so much depth to my Christian discipleship.Beyond the brief presentations at Upper Room worship during Advent, this upcoming Godly Play afternoon will have the rhythm of a typical complete Godly Play session.  This includes: gathering/preparing for the session’s presentation, bible storytelling with 3D objects,  a whole group conversation wondering about the presented story, individual work time for further personal reflection with God – this may include journaling, drawing/coloring/painting, walking outdoors, and more – then regathering to share what arose during time alone with God, especially any prayer requests to briefly lift up together, eating some small bits of food together, thoughtfully closing with expressions of appreciation and blessing.We hope an afternoon of Godly Play will refresh and nurture all of you, mind, body, soul and spirit, preparing you for greater love with whoever crosses your path on Valentine’s Day.
Please email Dave if you are interested!