Everyone is invited to our third annual Black Friday Craft-In! This drop-in, free event will be Friday, November 25, from 1-4pm. On the biggest shopping day of the year, try out making instead of buying. Make simple gifts and learn crafting skills. Quick and great-looking make-and-takes for kids and adults include steampunk journals, die cutting, simple circuits, felt flowers, ornaments, cards, and more. Cocoa and cookies will be served.
Why a Black Friday Craft-In? Living in a capitalist society, we get a lot of messages that define us as consumers. But that’s not our only or our truest identity, as human beings. As people of faith, we believe we are made in the image of God, and that we find delight and wholeness in the moments when we are doing the things God does. We believe faith communities should be places where people rediscover all our God-given capacities, including the capacity to be creators of beauty.
It’s interesting that ‘Maker’ has become the overarching term for crafters, artists, DIY-ers and tinkerers of all sorts, because Dorothy Sayers, best known as a mystery author, used it in her 1941 book The Mind of the Maker. She argues that creativity, in the broadest sense, is a fundamental aspect of God – and that our creative impulses are expressions of our inner holiness, the part of us that looks like God. God is a maker, and so are you.
So: Resist the mall. Make stuff. Give it away.