Group seeks to bring Bible passages to life

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Joelle Henry works on a page during a Bible Journaling workshop.

Sentinel photo by TABITHA GOODLING
Joelle Henry works on a page during a Bible Journaling workshop.

RICHFIELD — Scripture says the Bible is meant to be a “lamp unto my feet and a light for my path.”

There are many times in passages where the imagery is real in the mind and colors are even mentioned. What if someone could put those colors directly onto the page and bring the passages alive?

This is the concept of Bible journaling.

A new group has been established for this very purpose meeting from 4 to 8 p.m. the third Friday of every month at the Chat Shack (at the Village Merchants) in Richfield.

Fawn Arndt leads the meetings where individuals sit at a table with scrapbooking materials, Bibles and many colored pencils.

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A Bible journaling page is pictured in memory of Carolyn Arndt.

Sentinel photo by TABITHA GOODLING
A Bible journaling page is pictured in memory of Carolyn Arndt.

“After a couple of us went to Bible journaling classes at a scrapbook store in Mechanicsburg, we decided we could do the same thing in our area. I decided to call it a workshop instead of a class so individuals would hopefully see it as a place to catch up with their journaling or artwork as opposed to an instructor driven class,” Arndt said.

Arndt enlisted scrapbooking friends Melanie Leister and Sheree Brogan to help start the local workshop.

“It’s nice to get together with other people to learn and share, as well as socialize with each other and catch up on what we are doing. Best of all, we do not have to drive over an hour to get to the event. People do come and go as they need to throughout the night, but we all get to spend some time with our Bibles.”

Each time they meet Arndt gives a tip for how to do something differently. Arndt often refers to the “Complete Guide to Bible Journaling” for examples. Other attendees reference Pinterest as well.

Joelle Henry, of Mifflintown, has been a regular attendee.

“I like to read the scripture first and draw what the verse represents,” Henry said. She sketched green grass and a narrow path over a page of scripture.

Most of the work done allows the verses to remain readable. There are options to apply stickers that can be lifted in the corners to read scripture as well.

Arndt pointed out there are specific journaling Bibles that can be purchased that have spaces for writing and drawing. But any Bible can be used.

She also said these Bibles are not their only Bibles. Most of those who journal keep a Bible strictly for study and this Bible is used for reflection.

A special section Arndt has done is with the scripture, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint,” from Isaiah 40:31.

Her sister, Carolyn Arndt, passed away earlier this year. Arndt said this was the scripture used at her funeral. She made an eagle and patriotic symbols on her page in memory of Carolyn.

Susie Stahr, of McAlisterville, said she struggled with the concept of Bible journaling.

“When I was growing up, I was told you didn’t mark your Bible. That is the hardest thing.”

Stahr said she now enjoys sitting and “coloring in my Bible.”

Customers of the Chat Shack often peer over the shoulders of those working on their journaling, which often results in questions about what they are doing. The ladies are happy to explain they are Bible journaling and how it has blessed their lives.

In many cases the customers write down the time of the next meeting and mention they will consider joining.

The next Bible journaling workshop is 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 15, at the Chat Shack.

There is also information on Arndt’s special Facebook page, Creative Cropper.

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