Once per semester, Olivet’s HeArt Ministry has a Coffee & Canvas night in which students are led through a step-by-step painting process. On Thursday, November 9, the ministry provided fall refreshments in the Warming House and encouraged people to have a relaxed and care-free night. The event was also hosted to help fundraise for the HeArt ministry.
“Coffee & Canvas provides a break for students in their routine week, and it’s an opportunity to express themselves through art,” ministry leader, Jonathan Gonzalez said.
HeArt Ministry provides an artistic outlet for students to find good coffee and even greater company. The ministry’s members are not all art majors or even self-prescribed artists, and yet they still join and enjoy the weekly meetings and projects.
“I enjoy that our ministry is open to any and all majors and people who are or aren’t artistic. I think it allows art to be what it should be—fun. I think the event was successful. I got to know quite a few of our members a lot better and see even more new faces. While art is an integral component of our ministry, our main goal is to give the student body access to a community of people who laugh, live, and create art together once a week,” Gonzalez said.
The ministry has had an increase in attendance at their weekly meetings.
“We have weekly meetings with art projects and a weekly Bible study that examines how art connects to our spiritual lives. We use different mediums every week. In the community, we are always open to help, however, we can. We are working with Aunt Martha’s in Kankakee to have an art night with their young parents next week, and we are planning to integrate a service aspect into our Christmas party as well. In the past, we have worked with College Church, LifeCompass, and several other community partners to provide art therapy services to many in the community,” Allison Beecher said, another ministry leader.
“I love that we get to take two hours out of our hectic lives and just drink coffee, do art, and relax in the community. The best part for me is listening to the devotion and being with friends,” Timothy Hodges said, a member of HeArt Ministry.