Cheerfully Given Workshops
Cheerfully Given Workshops is on a mission to deliver high quality events that spread joy and bring people to Jesus! We have a pool of tutors who are specialists in their creative disciplines, and are ready to deliver joyful events that celebrate colour and creativity to your community.
Countless studies have shown how the creative arts enrich the lives of those who undertake them, with research showing the emotional and health benefits of art in fostering an overall sense of well-being. They help people learn new skills, and they can open new career opportunities. They boost people's confidence and sense of achievement as well as being a great way to relax. Creativity encourages emotional functioning and helps people to flourish mentally, physically, and socially. Crafting contributes to cognitive development and overall well-being.
Why should churches run high quality craft workshops?
Over 17% of the population are involved in art groups around England alone, and with under 2% of the population attending Church of England services, creative events are a brilliant way to foster relationships with your wider communities who may never otherwise come to church.
In a world searching for purpose and belonging, creativity can help to bring people to the LORD Jesus who answers every question about why we're here and who poured out His life to give us community, family, and relationships with eternal value.
These workshops are for those who are broken and those who've got it all together; they're for those who are happy and those who are sad; they're for those with loads of friends and for those who are completely alone; they're for the hurt and the helpless and for those who feel like they're winning at life; they're for the ambitious and the hopeless, for the educated and uneducated.
They create space for healing and love and community so that we as the Body of Christ can walk alongside people and share the life of Jesus with them.
Bible Journaling or Faith Journaling Workshops
People use Bible journaling for many reasons - as a creative way to remember Bible verses, as a way to visualise what's happening in the passage, or as an act of worship. It's increasing in popularity, and lots of people are curious about how they can use art journaling to deepen their faith and explore the teachings of the Bible. These workshops will provide a joyful atmosphere to explore art journaling and how it can be used to illustrate sermon notes, devotional passages, and worship songs that point us to Jesus.
Brush Lettering Workshops
Brush lettering is a popular derivative of modern calligraphy, using a paintbrush and ink or watercolour paints to create a fluid, relaxed script. The tutor will guide you through learning brush strokes and shapes before you practice a full alphabet, and attendees will leave the workshop with a finished piece of brush-lettered art.
Crochet or Knitting Workshops
These traditional crafts have seen a resurgence recently, and our crochet and knitting workshops are available for every level from absolute beginner through to advanced. In the beginners' courses you'll learn the basics like how to hold your hook or needles, common stitches, and the different types of yarn. More advanced classes will teach you how to make varyingly complex garments and bigger projects.
Whether you're interested in making bouquets to gift to your friends (or make for your wedding!) or you'd like to make centrepieces suitable for big family dinners, or you fancy channelling your inner flower child with a flower crown, our floristry workshops will give you a contemporary introduction to the craft, helping you with composition, colour, and caring for cut flowers.
Jewellery Making Workshops
Learn different jewellery making techniques from beading to metal work with a variety of jewellery making workshops suitable for every stage of experience.
Linocut Printing Workshops
Linocut is a traditional form of printmaking that involves carving your design into lino before loading your stamp with ink and hand-printing your designs onto card or fabric. Whether you'd like to make some festive cards or you fancy a bigger project like making your own linocut lampshade, these classes will instil you with a passion for the hand-crafted nature of traditional printmaking.
Modern Calligraphy Workshops
Learn how to use a nib and ink with aplomb with our modern calligraphy workshops, perfect for up-levelling your happy mail game. You'll learn how to create letters using fluid hand movements and varying pressure with a modern calligraphy nib (and holder, of course!) and a pot of ink.
Needle Felting Workshops
If you love the more tactile things in life, needle felting is a brilliant way to relax. Using wool roving and special needle felting tools, you'll shape your fibres into woodland characters perfect for popping on a shelf or wearing as a brooch.
Painting, Drawing, or Illustration Workshops
If you've always been curious about painting, or you fancy trying your hand at (clothed!) life drawing, we have a range of workshops that will help you get to grips with pencils and paint (and everything in between). From watercolour florals to painting landscapes with leftover paint samples, we have a number of different options that will appeal to any budding artists (even if you don't think you're a budding artist).
Papercut Illustration Workshops
Learn the art of papercut illustration! Using colourful paper and scissors, you'll learn all about composition and layering, enabling you to make a beautiful set of papercut flowers and giving you the skills to go home and try your hand at illustrating the dog (or the goldfish!) using layers of paper.
Spinning workshops are a great way to try spinning your own yarn, and learning more about where our wool comes from and the process in getting it from sheep to jumper.
Whether it's making a hanging banner, a book cover (or Bible cover), a poetry scroll, personalised hanging hearts, or a piece of embroidery hoop art, we've got a range of workshops that are based around the use of fabric and textiles.
Other Workshop Options
Whatever you've got in mind, let us know! We have tutors all over the country who are highly skilled in their creative disciplines, so it's no trouble for us to source a workshop specific to your needs.
What Does It Cost and What Do You Get?
Our church workshops start at £275 for up to 20 people.
In the run up to the event, we'll provide you with the digital files (ready for printing) for flyers, posters, social media graphics, newsletter graphics, and sign-up sheets as well as an event planning checklist to make sure you get the most out of your craft workshop (including advice for ticket sales should you decide to charge for your event!).
So if you're ready to run a seriously awesome creative workshop in your local church or community group, fill in the form below and let's make something beautiful together!