I am often struck by how different the UK is to other places. We make jokes about how we love to queue and complain, it always rains and how we all love to drink tea in the afternoon. Outsiders think we’re very prim and proper, but we know the truth! However, our culture is very different to other parts of the world (I think it is part of what makes me fearful of travelling!!!) and if we are going to truly understand how things work here we have to accept that.
I think the same is true when it comes to bible journaling in the UK. Recently our lifegroup has done a few dvd series created by churches in the US and pastors from other there. And as great as the teaching often is, it loses some of its impact because it just doesn’t apply as well to our culture. Bible journaling started over in the US and was popularized by Shanna Noel and the team at Illustrated Faith. They have done an amazing job in making Christian themed products available for creative people like myself, but sometimes I wonder if it doesn’t all translate exactly to how we do things over here in the UK.
In my mind, we’re not quite as garish and over the top sparkly as the US (sometimes I like a bit of glitter, but not always). We are that bit more reserved and traditional, some of us a little more reluctant to take our paint sets to the word of God. But I think the potential for bible journaling to inspire and encourage people here in the UK is just as great as anywhere else.
There are lots of people leading the way in showing us how bible journaling is done here in the UK. No, it’s not mainstream and you won’t walk into the range or hobbycraft and find loads of bible specific resources on sale. But I think that makes us British bible journalers that bit more resourceful and creative. We have to fight for inspiration and use whatever materials we can find. We look to reuse and recycle. We are local not national, encouraging each other in small groups and making gentle waves across the UK. We love for anyone to join us and we try to capture the heart of what God is saying to us, not just catchy slogans.
What do you think of bible journaling in the UK? Share your thoughts in the comments below