Bible Journalling UK was set up in 2017 to offer creative resources and study notes appropriate for British congregations. Acknowledging that our context is different from the US, Jane started writing materials for Christians in Scotland, and it grew from there. From the first workshops on a friend’s dining table, we now run a regular programme in Edinburgh throughout the year, offer workhops and retreats at churches around the British Isles (forthcoming trips include Cumbrae and Orkney), and have:
a thriving Facebook page and group @biblejournallingUK https://www.facebook.com/biblejournallinguk/
an Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/BiblejournallingUK
and a You Tube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQhrLClaZXCvFl8vCjvmHIw
We also run a sister organisation, Creative Journalling UK www.creativejournalling.co.uk
Revd. Jane MacLaren, as well as being an obsessive crafter, is an ordained Anglican with more than 20 years experience in running church groups and teaching the Bible. Having started life in England she now lives in Edinburgh with her husband who is also ordained, and their 3 children. Previous roles have included Parish ministry, school and university Chaplaincy and event management for charity Fischy Music, where she still works as project manager. Amongst other things she also teaches Preaching at the Scottish Episcopal Institute which trains the Ordinands and Readers for the Scottish Episcopal Church.
“I’ve seen how powerful a learning tool images can be. They connect with us more deeply than words alone. We traditionally associate this with children yet many of us older folks can benefit too. Perhaps one of the reasons that I love Creative Bible Journalling is that it’s so accessible to adults. As a Christian I want to immerse myself in God’s Word; carry it with me wherever I go; live in the light of God’s love and strength. For me as a visual learner and a keen crafter that means using things like washi tape, stickers and swathes of paint to remind me of the wonderful images we find in Scripture. Getting creative helps me engage with our Creator God – and it’s fun!”