- For a women’s event, be sure to invite all women, not just those who attend weekly meetings. This is an opportunity to connect that day, but also outside of the corps, so it is a great opportunity to build a sense of belonging without weekly participation. (This could be a meaningful intergenerational project for all genders. It could be a great project for a corps to do with a service center, ARC, etc. Consider what will work best in your context.)
- Set up a printing station with printer, thicker-than-ordinary paper, and scissors or cutting machines. Have a friendly person or two with skills available to assist.
- Have a snack station set up for the return time.
- The prayer station that will display the photos should be set up. It could be a clothes line display, a grid wall, an attractive bulletin board devoted to the purpose, etc.
- Have the prayer cards pre-printed and pre-cut. They are in a separate PDF.
- Consider how much of the pre-event work could be done during your normal women’s ministries gathering or by volunteers. The more people are engaged in the preparation, the more they will be invested in the rest of the process.
- Typically, this event will take a little over 2 hours. Make sure that you have provided a guideline for participants, so that they know what to expect.
In God’s Image Event Process
Event leader/s should welcome participants, explain the overall idea, tell them when to return (usually 45-60 minutes after the start) and send them prayerfully.
Participants will go together in small groups to take pictures on their phones of street names, storefronts, neighborhood spots, parks, schools, gas stations, other churches, fire departments, etc. They are looking to capture images of significant places for which they will pray, including places that might not seem notable at first glance.
The full group re-gathering should start 15-25 minutes after the target return time. The event leader/s will welcome everyone back and could ask each group to share one photo and prayer. After sharing, put photos up in a prayerful way. (Spend at least 30 minutes on this. Don’t skimp on prayer!!!)
The leader should explain that each participant should take at least one photo and a prayer card, so that she can continue to pray with it. At a time of her own choosing, she is to return the photo with a note on the reverse side and the prayer card. Participants should be encouraged to choose an obvious spot, so it will be found. Include a benediction or charge with the explanation.
Ask people to share if they’ve prayed and returned their card. If they have, encourage sharing about this experience as a testimony time on Sunday and/or other corps programs.
Consider adding new photos to the photo display of participants at those spots, new spots, or new prayer concerns, etc. Have a basket or jar of photos and prayer cards that can be taken home. Talk about it. Encourage your welcome team to invite people to visit the prayer wall and to participate.
Be creative about new opportunities to encourage exploration and prayer and do a follow-up event or Sunday.