Upcoming Events 2020
Friday, July 10
Praying in Color: Old and New Ways to Pray in an Ever-New World
An All-Day Retreat Online
9am First Session—Intercessory and Blessing Prayers with Q&A
10:15am Health break
10:25am Join Us for a Tai-chi Virtual Warm Up
10:45am Second Session—Griping, Grieving, Grounding, and Gratitude Prayers with Q&A
12pm Lunch Break with Visual Presentations from Paraclete Press
1:30pm Third Session—Praying With and In Scripture with Q&A
Sybil MacBeth is a dynamic and engaging leader for the process of learning about visual prayer tools. She used music as the thread that wove an intergenerational Sunday School hour for families with about 200 in attendance into a memorable experience with reviews that claimed her as “top-notch.”
– Connie Denninger Family Life Educator, Visual Faith Coach
Sybil offers workshops introducing Praying in Color®
Sybil is one of those rare presenters who can work with people of every age, even when they’re all in the room at the same time! I’ll always remember our Fellowship Hall packed with families with children of all ages. During our prayer time it was absolutely quiet, as each of them prayed in color on paper with markers and crayons in hand. Sybil’s down-to-earth style really connects with people and helps “spiritual-ADD” people like me have a very fulfilling prayer life.
– Rev. Dr. John Denninger, President of LCMS Southeastern District
1) Praying 2) Singing 3) Warming-Up 4) Doodling
5) Learning a new way to pray for others 6) Praying Scripture
7) Experimenting 8) Discovering a Breath Prayer 9) Having fun
10) Being serious 11) Being quiet 12) Talking
13) Honoring different paths to God for different learning styles
14) Sitting in the presence of God with open hearts.
15) Creating community.
Praying in Color® or Praying in Black and White workshops create a safe place to experiment with new ways of praying. Most participants discover at least one prayer form that works well for them. We like to say that we come together both to PRAY and to PLAY. Prayer and play have a common starting place. Both are about becoming like courageous children and setting aside the inhibitions that require us to look good or be perfect. We are not out to impress anyone—including God.
My personal favorite thing about Sybil’s workshop is that it has been and will continue to be practical for ME. Most of the time when I go to conferences or retreats, I am concentrating on what I will bring back for OTHERS to use, learn from, or experience. I rarely think about how it impacts me as a child of God. So, what she offers is perfect. It is playful and a little out of the box. I think the use of scripture, dance, color, word and silence is just what most of us professionals need to reconnect with why we do what we do and the Who we do it with.
– Rev. Debby Fox, Pastor of Christian Education and Discipleship, First United Methodist Church, Gainesville, GA
The format for a Praying in Color® or Praying in Black and White Workshop can be anything from 45 minutes to a weekend retreat at churches, women’s and men’s groups, and conferences across the country. For information email Sybil or email Andy.
Sybil is REALLY GOOD at what she does. At our workshop she paved the perfect path into comfort and then depth. She used graphics and tradition and creativity and humor all in the service of nurturing those very things in the rest of us. It’s all gentle (as much involving Great Spirit is) and a subtle connection was forwarded in all of us. She got rave reviews from the participants.
– Rev. Carleton Bakkum, Rector of Grace Episcopal Church, Yorktown, VA