Adventist creatives inspired to use their gifts for God

L-R: Steve Kane, Patrice Patel, Bethany Pefu and Tyrone Adamson.

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Aiming to empower and encourage Adventists to be more creative and innovative in their worship and outreach, the South Queensland (SQC) Creative Conference took place at Springwood Seventh-day Adventist Church (Brisbane) on October 21 and 22 for its third year. 

Organised by SQC visual communication officer Charmaine Patel, the event was also livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube and featured a series of keynotes and practical presentations by Adventists who use media and creativity in their professional or personal spheres.

“It’s always one of my favourite weekends of the year! [I] love being inspired by creatives using [their creativity] for His glory!” said one of the attendees, Jodine Azzopardi. 

Presenting at this year’s conference was Patrice Patel, who shared what God is doing through the charitable arm of her performing arts company Gobsmacked Productions/Gobsmacked Ministries in New Zealand. 

Every year Ms Patel runs a performing arts holiday program that reaches more than 200 children from the community. For her weekly and regular programs, the children come from all the schools she teaches her original Gobsmacked musicals to. 

The line-up of speakers and topics also included Tyler Colquhoun (drama), Tyrone Adamson (songwriter), Darelle Hunt (children’s ministry), Annalise Cherry (Bible journaling), Leighton Hedges (stage atmosphere), Music Room (songwriter), Steve Kane (mentorship) and Bethany Pefu (community and the value of small groups). 

“Thank you to these individuals who use their gifts to glorify God. We were blessed by the workshops and I pray everyone can take their pearls of wisdom and implement it back into their local churches and communities,” said Charmaine Patel.  

All workshops and presentations are still available online

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