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Try your hand at ‘gospel graffiti’

Drawing graffiti on the side of a church building is typically the type of activity that would land you on the inside of a courtroom. But one local church is encouraging artistic minds to come together for the first ever ‘Gospel Graffiti Competition', starting tomorrow at noon.

Miracle Temple Church is calling people of all ages to paint gospel-inspired art work on their building, located near to the Old Clayhouse Inn on North Shore Road, Devonshire.

Organiser Akilah Swan, a member of the church's Impact Team, said the event was the brainchild of Pastor Clark AD Minors. After seeing a play held earlier this year, Pastor Minors wanted to find other creative ways to reach out to the community and let artists use their God given talents.

Ms Swan and four others on the newly established Impact Team strongly backed the idea.

She said: “When it comes to church sometimes what happens is we seem to do the same thing, and not in a bad way, but we do the singing, the Sunday School and the dance ministry. However people who have an artistic talent we don't really get to see that utilised.

“We don't see people get up in the worship service and do a drawing. I saw that kind of thing while I was in university, but I don't see it done much in Bermuda.”

An architect by day with Linberg & Simmons, Ms Swan said she was always encouraged to explore the arts by her parents. Both her and her sister, Alandra Swan, have their own side business involving the arts.

She encouraged anyone interested in sharing their artistic talents to come out to tomorrow's event.

So far six individuals or teams have signed up to take part in the competition. There are two more spaces available, but Ms Swan encouraged interested participants to arrive at noon to ensure they get a spot.

The event is free of charge, but artists will have to bring their own paints and supplies. There will also be free sidewalk chalk available for attendees and food vendors on hand for anyone looking to purchase snacks.

Music and live entertainment, will also be on offer until 6pm.

“I want to encourage anyone, whether you are local of just visiting the Island, to come out on Saturday. It will be a fun day for everyone to have with art.

“For those who are serious about art, they can get their work out there. And from the standpoint of the church, we just wanted to host the event to allow people to use their God given gifts.”

The gospel graffiti work will be kept up on the church property; the winner will be selected by a panel of judges and may be asked to paint other pieces for the church.

For more details on the event, visit, e-mail or phone 297-1886.

Akilah Swan is one of the organisers, from the Impact Team, at Miracle Temple in Devonshire. The church will be hosting a 'Gospel Graffiti Competition' on Saturday from noon until 6pm.

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Published September 13, 2013 at 9:00 am (Updated September 12, 2013 at 8:21 pm)

Try your hand at ‘gospel graffiti’

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