Images of the Holy Spirit
This is an idea that we came up with for the Alternative Celebration at Spring Harvest back in 2011. The theme was the Holy Spirit and the aim was to allow us all to reflect on the different images we have of the Holy Spirit in the Bible and elsewhere. We started by showing the powerpoint slides with the different images of the Holy Spirit - expertly created by Richard Lyall.
The script, crafted by Chloe Axford, was read along with the images, as our amazing musicians improvised underneath in order to 'paint' a musical picture of the images. As a response the congregation was asked to consider which image of the Spirit they related to most at that moment in time, or which side of him the felt they needed the most. This could be done as group discussion or quiet reflection.
As seen on the slides, we gave each image of the Spirit a particular colour, and the response from the congregation was to paint with that colour. We provided a large sheet with a 'squiggle' (imagine letting a black marker pen go nuts!), where people could fill in one or more spaces with their nominated colour. We ended up with a beautiful painting, full of colour, respresenting our corporate need for more of the Holy Spirit.
Sam has also used the pointpoint in a simpler way during a recent youth service. They simply showed the images and read the Scriptures. The young people were then asked to respond in different ways, for example by being prayed for.
Feel free to use one or all the different elements of this idea!
This was one of those ideas that happened in community, and it's impossible to say who came up with what first, but thanks to Richard Lyall, Chloe Axford, Matt Long, Richard Morgan, Sunil Chandy and Sam Hargreaves who were part of the creative process!