The visual medium is a powerful way to reach people with the message of the Gospel. At Love Hobart we encourage the creative arts as a way of expressing the message of God's love, the power of the cross, the life of a Christian, the character of Christ and the spiritual realm amongst other themes. These paintings all have a spiritual meaning and explaining about what is behind each painting can be a way of leading into sharing the Gospel.
We always have someone do a painting during the worship time at Church on the Rock on a Sunday on a subject to tie in with the sermon that week. Some of these paintings can be viewed below (after 'Gallery'). We also have art materials available at youth night so the young people can relax and enjoy this powerful medium, along with some training in art if and when needed.
Gallery - Helen Devenish
Helen enjoys time aside from the busyness of being a wife, mother, pastor and evangelist to paint/draw. Her artwork is used as a powerful medium to express different elements of the Christian life. Helen's artwork is often centred around themes and in recent times it has been on spiritual warfare. Click on each picture to see a larger version and to read the caption.
Prophetic Art - During Worship
On Sunday's, during the worship meeting at Church on the Rock, we have one or two paint a picture, as an expression of worship to the Lord. We encourage children to be involved in this too. As can be seen by our gallery of prophetic art the young ones especially enjoy the visual medium as an expression of worship to the Lord. All paintings are completed during the worship time which means they're done in approximately 20-25 mins. The children do smaller paintings, 50cms x 40cms, and the adults 90cms x 70 cms.
Blackboard Art - Mathers Lane
Right outside Criterion House in Mathers lane where Church on the Rock meets every Sunday afternoon at 4:30 pm is a blackboard. When possible, Helen gets to church early so as to do a chalk picture before the church meeting starts. The pictures stand out from a distance and they can even be seen from our local Christian bookshop, Koorong, in Criterion Street. The chalk art is just another way of sharing about Christianity through the visual medium. Most pictures are completed in 50-60 mins. The black board is quite high up so Helen stands on a step ladder or chair to reach the top.
Faces of Love Hobart
Helen has been doing a number of pencil sketches in the last year or so of contacts made through street ministry and also of some of the team members involved in the ministry of Love Hobart. Each portrait is given in a frame to the recipient. Some of them are quite blown away by this gesture. It's great to be able to bless these ones with their own portrait sketch. Following is a selection of a few of the sketches, all used with permission.
Poetry can be a powerful way of expressing our walk with Jesus. We have team members at Love Hobart who are gifted in poetry. Following is a selection of poems by some of our team.
This narrow road seems endless;
It's straight- strangely familiar.
There's a yearning in my soul for a bend,
Or for life to take some sort of shape.
There's a dream inside my heart,
I can't seem to shake it off,
Nor have I the means to bring it to pass.
Human am I, with little strength,
I can't push the door open.
Then I hear a voice say,
"I created it that way,
This time and this place forever will not stay.
Enjoy this time spent just you and I,
For all at once this day will end,
And take a turn around that bend.
Not a day early, not a day late,
I'm always on time with the perfect date."
But I can't see that day or hour,
When you will turn my night to day.
Give me, I pray, eyes to see,
The things which surely will unfold.
I long to see all the things You have for me,
Teach me dear Lord to faithfully wait,
When my heart and flesh cry out,
I call out for your strength & might.
For You are the Way, the Truth and the Life,
To You I come and lay down my life.
By Joanne Devenish
Thankyou for making Me, Me!
It may not be pretty, but it is me.
Every line and wrinkle tells a story – of where I’ve been;
Every form and feature has a history – of where I’ve come from;
Truly the picture speaks a thousand words.
Thank you Lord for making me, me!
Even in this time of decay
We see a glimpse of the glory veiled;
Faculties that chance, could not create.
One day the new will rise, not in the likeness of Adam,
But in the likeness of Christ, my Saviour.
The line, the wrinkle will be erased,
The form will be perfect and all of grace.
By David Devenish
How marvelous are Your works Oh Lord.
How intricate are the works of Your fingers.
You are creating a masterpiece,
One layer at a time.
'Canvas, be still!
Let the craftsman take His time'.
Another layer is being added,
giving a new dimension.
Don't try to guess the outcome,
I havn't finished yet.
This isn't the last layer of paint, I have so many more colours to add.
You won't stay this colour, but you will be more beautiful with it.
I know you don't like the browns, blacks, and greys,
But hold on, they're not the only colours on My pallet.
I have blues, greens, & purples too.
Wait! Do not fear the shadows;
They make the colours more vibrant and beautiful.
I'm not stopping until it's complete.
Golden hues of yellow & oranges, are just around this bend.
Hold on! I've got a bit of sparkle on its way.
Here comes that finishing touch,
You can see it taking form.
How lovely it is!
I'm so pleased with My painting.
Behold! How wonderful is His masterpiece.
By Joanne Devenish