Take Heart Create
Take heart create started by Suzanne Dugmore, with the simple act of making a heart, attaching a bible verse of hope and encouragement such as
'Nothing can separate us from the love of God': Romans 8v 38-39 and then giving them away during Valentines week.
Take Heart is low cost and low risk for individuals and Church alike, but has a far reaching exposure for the Christian message of God's unconditional love. Take Heart taps into the very basic human need to know that we are loved and worth loving regardless of circumstance, looks, gender, disability or anything else that distracts us from that
truth that 'We are God's masterpiece' : Eph 2v10 and that
There is nothing that can separate us from his love' It helps us know that even though we have trouble in this world, Jesus has overcome for us
In 2016 Take Heart was offered over Exeter diocese via the magazine and some invitational emails. A number of churches and groups expressed an interest, and implemented it for Valentines week (although it doesn't need to be time specific or just hearts alone!).
It can be used through existing groups such as Messy Church, toddlers, small groups, special needs, whole church
Taken into schools, nurseries, care homes, hospitals etc..
Involve local shops or groups- make hearts and bring to church, hang on a tree at Christmas or harvest etc..
Reflective day- looking at self worth and identity- with creative afternoon
Talks on what God's love means.
Pop up Take Heart cafe with creative experience
Can be used to give away at weddings, baptisms etc
It is accessible for all people of all ages and all levels of skill and confidence, enabling and encouraging involvement in evangelism and outreach into local community.
Take Heart, what does it mean?
The dictionary says: ‘ Take heart, help will arrive shortly and everything will be fine’.
If you take heart from something, you are encouraged and made to feel optimistic by it’
As Christians we put our hope in Jesus.
Contact me :Suzanne Dugmore if you would like me to come to your church (When Covid allows), or zoom meet with some of your congregation.
Outcomes and opportunities
It gives the church a common evangelistic opportunity, unifying and involving all groups, ages etc.
Releases creativity, bringing a sense of fulfilment and self esteem. Creativity is increasingly being acknowledged to have health benefits. We have made a variety of hearts, (hands, doves, and more)using sewing, cooking, and various creative ideas. Being creative will spark off more creative ideas to reach out to our communities
Simply make, attach Take Heart labels of hope and give away!
PLEASE DO NOT CHARGE FOR THE HEARTS. They are a symbol of God's love freely given
Take heart is used in the bible a number of times, in the Psalms, Deuteronomy, Joshua, 2 Samuel,
1 Chronicles, 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Isaiah, Haggai, Matthew, Mark, Acts and my favourite John, which seems to encapsulate it all.
'I have said all these things to you so that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble: but take heart!
I have overcome the world '
‘I’ is Jesus. We don't have to ‘work hard’ to be loved and saved by him. Only to put all our hope in knowing that because of Jesus all will be well!
Not necessarily in this world. As we all know too well, especially in our present times when so many are suffering in so many ways and even dying. How can we take heart?
Only by putting our trust in Jesus, who stands alongside us and holds our hand, reminding us that He has already overcome all troubles in the world when he died and rose again.
The Kingdom coming, like a baby being born is messy. The joy of new life being born outweighs the pain of getting there. Today the world is in great pain but lets take heart our selves and help others to take heart that there are better days ahead. Not only on earth but also in eternity.
Romans 8 v38-39 says ‘Nothing can separate us from the love of God… even death’ and in
Romans 8:18 'For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us’ and that isn’t to be flippant or dismissive about the reality of the pain of today during the Covid 19 pandemic, or indeed at any time of suffering, all humans will go through in our lives.
To quote the dictionary again ‘ help will arrive shortly and everything will be fine’. Help has already come in the form of Jesus, who has sent the Holy Spirit to be with us, so lets Take Heart, be encouraged and encourage others.
We don't have to pretend everything is ok or not be upset, worried or sad. That is to be human. However we don't need to despair;
2 Corinthians 4 v8-9 ‘We are experiencing trouble on every side, but we are not crushed, we are perplexed, but not driven to despair’.
We can encourage each other to stand firm, to take heart, because we have hope for the future because of our faith in Jesus.
Romans 12v12 ‘Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer’
We can do this in a simple way using our creativity. We are all creative in some way. We are made in the image of our creator God. We can pray whilst being creative.
Make hearts and other things, use bible verses of hope and give away. We can do these things in our isolation whilst being part of a community with a purpose. Creativity, purpose and being part of community are proven to be part of helping towards having ‘good’ mental health.
We don't have to be an expert; there is something everyone can achieve, regardless of age and ability.
I have labels and ideas you can download here, you will have some too! – Please take a look at Take Heart Create Facebook