“Why are we doing this
?” is an
important reflection question following a special event or activity. Over the
summer months my church revs up the fellowship events for kids, teens &
tweens to foster “kids in community.” During the process of using art with theological
reflection, some questions to ask include:
What's the point of this event?
What’s going on behind the fun?
What are the children getting out of this?
Is it only fun and games or is there something
deeper happening here?
You can include the specific answers to your reflection questions in the art
journal vis-à-vis writing a short paragraph or
you can include simple words that summarize what you learn or
you can simply experience the insight you gain and let the art
speak for itself.
For example, in
reflecting on the summer fun that the children had with a bike rodeo, pool
parties, and croquet tournament with root beer floats, I was struck by several
theological themes running through these on-the-surface-fun-and-games
activities. Obviously there is laughter and joy, but the children also experienced
the simplicity of backyard activities in the neighborhood plus hospitality, sharing,
and patience as the older kids helped the little ones. They also learned about
missional participation as the bike rodeo was a mission event with the “entry
fee” back-to-school items for Communities In Schools. They were encouraged to
invite friends, family, and neighbors to the various activities. The children
learned about unconditional welcome, grace, prayer, and love. Pausing to ask, “Why
are we doing this?” gives insight from the past for guidance in the future so
that one is able to tweak an event or activity the next time around.