“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” - Rom. 12:12

Enjoy the Wall Display & Songs

Many thanks to all who contributed to our church-wide celebration of creativity with the Lord! We received more than 70 submissions of original paintings, songs, poetry, and other works. You can continue to enjoy the remaining wall display in the narthex, a partial exhibit of original works by Rez artists, through the end of February. Other works were removed in order to make space for events in the narthex. We will be making an online gallery of submissions available soon.

Recordings of original music created by Rez musicians for the Festival can be enjoyed online. 

Resources on Creativity

Find inspiration, insights, and tips for sparking your creativity in these resources:

By Fellow Rez Members

Romans 12:12

RezArts Festival Submission By Hannah Smith “My work is a visual representation of Romans 12:12.…
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Other Resources on Art and Theology

A Letter to A Young Artist” by Makoto Fujimura
On Unnecessarily Owning Art” by Karen Stiller

Christians in the Visual Arts

Faith and Art: A theology of making by Makoto Fujimura
Placemaking and the Arts: Cultivating the Christian Life by Jennier Allen Craft
The Prophetic Imagination by Walter Brueggemann
Walking on Water: Reflections on faith and art by Madeleine L’Engle
Adorning the Dark: Thoughts on community, calling and the mystery of making by Andrew Peterson
The Mind of the Maker by Dorthy Sayers 

You’re Included- Music & Theology by Jeremy Begbie

You're Invited to the Festival Workshop Night

Jumpstart your creativity on Wednesday, January 5, 6:30-8pm.

Try a workshop in creative writing, visual arts, or worship song writing.
RSVP below by January 2.

Creative Writing

Refresh and reinvigorate your creative life by discovering new tools and spiritual practices for writers of all kinds and levels of experience. This workshop will include hands-on writing time, as well as the opportunity for small group sharing and mutual encouragement. Minimum age: high school.

Facilitator: Nicole Mazzarella’s  published works include: the award-winning novel This Heavy Silence, short stories, flash fiction, a documentary, and short films. She has taught creative writing for over 20 years and her specializations include cultivating habits of creativity, writing in the midst of personal challenges and suffering, and engaging in spiritual practices that nourish the artistic life.

Visual Arts

Enjoy experimenting on paper with the Lord. We’ll provide brushes, paints, and materials to spark your imagination and make your fingers itch. Stations will include mindful drawing, collage creation, and free expression. In mindful drawing you’ll learn how to pay attention to details as you create. Make a collage by combining colorful construction paper, printed words, cutouts of pictures, and more. Or, at the free expression station, dive into anything you feel led to explore. Minimum age: first grade; all elementary age kids must be accompanied by an adult.
Facilitators: Janice Skivington Wood and Emily Verdoorn.

Janice Skivington Wood is a painter, illustrator, and former art teacher. She has collaborated with various artists to develop liturgical art that adorns Resurrection, including the large Jesus icon, the great doors, paintings depicting Old Testament scenes in the narthex, and more.
Emily Verdoorn uses anything from pen and pencil to teabags, inks, thread, or homemade dyes to explore the world of her everyday life. Her work often begins like a quiet conversation with places, spaces and the natural world.

Worship Song Writing

Have you ever wanted to write music for a congregation but don’t know how to get started, or how to turn an idea into something that actually works in a worship setting?  This workshop will be a fun, helpful, and collaborative opportunity to take your worship song writing to the next level! We’ll chat about some basics and then have a chance to break into partners or groups to practice skills in a safe and creative environment. Both English and Spanish speakers welcome! Minimum age: 16.
Facilitator: Pastor Bonnie McMaken has been leading and writing songs for worship for many years. She and her husband Trevor pastor our sister congregation, City of Light Church, in Aurora, where they live with their four children. 

Submissions are no longer being accepted
Deadline: January 15, 2022

We invite you to contribute to our RezArts Festival, a church-wide celebration of art this winter. Whether you’re age 5 or 85, a beginner or experienced artist, you can participate. Take just a moment to reflect on our ministry year verse, Romans 12:12, and ask the Lord to help inspire your creation of original visual, written, or musical pieces. Your work does not need to directly communicate the verse in part or whole. You might consider what imagery, tunes, or words come to mind with the emotions of hope, joy, patience, sadness. We trust the Lord will work through your process.

The act of creating art can be one of worship and prayer as you submit your creativity to the Lord. As our Creator, the artist of the universe invites us to be co-creators. We hope to see a reflection of how the Lord is leading you and our church body in this particular season. While your finished art may or may not be a masterpiece, it can help others better grasp the Lord’s heart for his people. 

Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, we invite you to try your hand at creating art as an act of worship. Even if you ultimately decide not to submit your work to the Festival, consider participating in the creative process with this focus in mind. 

We will share select submissions online and on social media throughout the Festival and beyond. The Festival will include a gallery exhibit of all family appropriate submissions to be enjoyed by the entire church on Saturday, January 29. Visual artwork will continue to be displayed as much as possible in the building until Lent.


Such as drawing, painting, photography, pottery, sculpture, textile, crafts and digital art. Artwork that will be physically displayed in its original medium cannot exceed 3 feet by 3 feet.


Such as poetry, short stories, personal essays, flash fiction, devotionals, monologues, and scenes. Length: 1,500 words or less.


Voice and/or instrumental. Length: 4 minutes or less


  • All submissions must be original works, previously unpublished and/or not performed publicly, and may not have been shared online or on the artists’ social media. 
  • Submissions should be new creations made during this particular season in order to reveal the Lord’s leading during this time in our Body.
  • Participants must be members or active attendees of Church of the Resurrection over the last six months whether in-person or on livestream.
  • Each person or group may only submit one entry per category, up to three entries total. 
  • Group submissions are allowed if all individuals are active attendees or members. 
  • We’ve extended the submission deadline! All entries must be submitted online by midnight CST, Saturday, January 15, 2022.
  • Art that includes nudity, profanity, graphic violence or otherwise inappropriate content for young children will not be considered. 
  • Participants agree to allow the Resurrection to publish digital files of all submissions both online and/or in print, on its website and/or social media channels, both during and after the festival indefinitely with appropriate credit. 
  • Participants grant Resurrection non-exclusive rights to use their submissions in ministry, including but not limited to services, events, public displays, non-exclusive right to use your creative work in its ministry, including but not limited to services, events, public displays or performances, publications, sites, and programs, without further permission or payment involved, with appropriate credit to the artist(s).

The RezArts Festival will include a gallery exhibit on Saturday, January 29, 2-4pm at which time submissions will be displayed and presented for the enjoyment of the church family. Visual art submissions will remain on display within the church building until March 1. We will also explore ways to include creative works into the ongoing life of the church.

While we will do our best to care for your submission(s), we cannot guarantee the preservation of your artwork in its original form. We also reserve the right not to exhibit any piece we deem inappropriate for a family audience.

How To Submit

  1. Each work must be submitted online via an individual digital file– a Word document, a photo(s) of visual artwork in PDF, JPG or PNG files, or an audio file in mp3. 
  2. Visual art submissions may include up to 4 photos of your visual arts submission, such as a photo of your painting, a pottery work, or a sculpture. However, if your submission is actual photography, then only one photo is allowed.
  3. Visual art submissions of the actual artwork must be delivered to Resurrection in person between January 9 and 18 to participate in the gallery exhibit and should be left at the building until March 1. You are welcome to mount and/or frame your visual art submission for display before dropping off.
  4. Musical submissions must be no longer than 4 minutes, submitted in mp3 files. If you are creating a song, you might choose to submit your lyrics in a Word document. If so, then you may choose to format and print your song on a letter or legal size document. You are welcome to mount and/or frame it before delivering to Resurrection in person January 9 -18 for display at the gallery exhibit and to remain at the building until March 1.
  5. Include a paragraph of 200 words or less explaining: a) your work, b) your creative process, and c) how your entry reflects Romans 12:12 in part or whole.

Questions? Email dawnjewell@churchrez.org or office@churchrez.org

Submission Form

Please complete one form for each submission.



// Church of the Resurrection