Painting for Visitors

Each week, many people visit Bethel from all across the world and the rest of the US too.  We like to make them feel welcome, so I joined a small team of artists who sit in the church cafe (Hebrews- yes the really did call it that) and prepare a little painting or drawing for newcomers.

Here I am with the rest of the talented team.

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Watercolour is my medium of choice because of its speed and vibrant colors.  Visitors to the church approach our bench and we encourage them with a little hand made watercolour and a word or song of welcome as the come into the church.  All part of making it a friendly place for people.

Each Christmas Bethel invites all of the local homeless community to the church.  There are far too many here in town as it is a drop of point for people leaving prison. So I am busy preparing watercolors for the party too between visitors.  This is not often as normally there is a que (line) for most of the morning.

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Art should be for everyone – not just those who know about it.  We are encouraged to remember it is not about skill or performance but communicating the love of God to people in different ways.

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