Worship on Canvas: a Beautiful Collision of Art and Prayer

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When it comes to worshipping, there are two things our students really love, experiential prayer and art. So, we decided to put those two things together for an annual worship event that we call Worship on a Canvas.

Worship on a Canvas is a night of prayer focused around prayer stations that all involve art of some form or another. We start the night off with a song and prayer and then let the students experience the stations at their own pace. While the students are interacting with the prayer stations, we play worship music in the background to help set the tone and mood, something like the Hymns for Hipsters playlist on Spotify, or other laid back worship songs, and we are intentional with lighting to help keep the mood quiet and subdued.

We are sure to encourage the students to do this at the pace and in the order of their choosing. For students who may finish before others, we have spaces for them to just sit and quietly pray, reflect and listen to the music as others finish.

When we do this experience, the kids will spend an hour and a half easily, or even more praying and interacting with the Word of God, and they beg for us to do this more often! From the 6th grade girl to the senior football player, this gives everyone of our students and interactive was to deepen their relationship with Jesus. This is a fantastic way to offer students a space and time where they can focus only on God and not be distracted, which is something they aren’t frequently getting in their daily lives.

Click Here to download a pdf with instructions for each station and images to help guide you.

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Chasity is the Outreach and Education Coordinator at Christ UMC in Newcomerstown, Ohio. As part of that position, she is the youth pastor for Meta Student Ministries, a community wide, student led youth ministry, that takes place at Christ UMC. Chasity is most passionate about empowering and equipping teens and young adults to make a difference in the world through the life changing power of Jesus. She is also pretty passionate about hanging out with her awesome husband and family, mission work to Cuba, traveling, sweet tea, all things Spanish and cooking. You can follow her on Twitter: @ChasLOpp

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