Our Psalms Coloring Posters include nine unique coloring posters. The Psalms are from the Revised Common Lectionary (Year B) readings for Lent 2018. Each of the illustrations highlights specific themes and emotions from the Psalm. The texts from the Psalms are also incorporated into the drawing.
So whether you’re looking for an intergenerational program, a communal art activity or something a little different to do for Lent this year, our Psalms Coloring Posters provide a creative, engaging and participatory way for ALL AGES to engage with their faith.
GIVING CHILDREN NEW WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN WORSHIP!
"These children were so proud of their creations! The two older children on the left read poster descriptions and we sang a hymn for each one, too.
During the hymn sing, teenage boys walked the poster through the congregation before bringing it to tape on the frame. Apparently, the kids' eyes lit up when they realized everyone was looking at what they had worked so hard on!"
CREATIVE COLORING HELPS BREAK LANGUAGE BARRIERS
We've had quite a few churches take our large coloring posters with them when they go on mission and service trips, especially to places that speak a different language.
Being able to gather with other young people and color creates an instant shared activity and allows for casual conversation and the ability to communicate through art.
COLORING CREATES CONVERSATIONS
This is a story we hear over and over from our customers:
"We gathered together and started coloring...and then, it was AMAZING to see people just start talking, sharing stories, and having really meaningful conversations!"
Participating in the shared activity of coloring allows for the Spirit to move in new ways!
Since 2015, over four thousand churches, schools, hospitals, retirement communities, nursing homes, campus ministries and other communities from around the world, have found creative and engaging ways to use our large coloring posters to build community.
Whether it's the conversations that you'll experience while you're coloring, or the people who will stick around for a little longer during coffee hour because they want to stay and finish coloring...you'll be amazed at the way in which these coloring posters bring together a diverse group of all ages to experience a deepened sense of community.
Do you like the idea of our coloring posters...in theory? Not sure if they would work in your congregation? Maybe you're concerned you don't have enough kids to color. Or you don't think the adults in your congregation would be interested in coloring. Or you just can't quite picture it.
Well, take a look at this video we put together to get a sense of what it could look like in your community.
When I was a kid, whenever I’d ask someone where in the Bible I should start reading, inevitably someone would say, “Alright. Close your Bible. Now open it up to about the halfway point. Start reading.”
If you do that, you’ll almost always end up in the Psalms.
Reading the Psalms as a kid was a way into scripture that allowed me to figure out that emotions were a good thing, and that we shouldn’t try to hide them from God. Reading the Psalms as a kid gave me words to express the feelings I had, and helped me to see that the authors of the Psalms struggled with many of the same things I struggled with.
The Psalms are a great source of theological creativity, depth, and wonder, and we’re excited to be able to offer children and people of all ages a way into the Psalms this year.
Below I’ve listed each of the posters with the accompanying scripture, as well as which days in Lent we would suggest using each of the posters. Again, we made these posters for use any time during the year, but I’ve listed the proposed dates for Lent 2018. You can also get a preview of each of the nine illustrations below.
Our Psalms Coloring Posters are made up of 9 large posters. Each posters is 2' x 3' and you can purchase the physical posters, digital files to print yourself, or grab the bundle of both for the most options. We also have 8.5x11 coloring pages available here.
Additional details and cost for our Psalms Coloring Posters are below.
Physical Posters ONLY
Bundle of Posters AND Digital Files
Digital Files ONLY
We partner with a local printing business in Chicago and ship you posters that are beautifully-printed on heavyweight, 32-pound paper. You can use crayons, colored pencils and markers easily. You might also want to experiment with other medium as well to see what works best for you and your community.
UPS ships our posters in heavy-weight cardboard poster tubes. Because we use UPS, we cannot ship posters to P.O. Boxes. If you list a P.O. Box as the shipping address, your order will be delayed until you give us a different address to ship to.
International Shipping: We now ship our coloring posters to Canada! For the rest of our international customers, you can purchase the digital version of the posters and get them printed locally.
We are so excited to see all of the creative ways that congregations and communities use our Psalms Coloring Posters. Over 1,400 churches used last year’s posters, and we loved seeing all of the amazing photos they shared with us.
We’ve learned that most churches find the posters to be perfect for developing intergenerational ministry and connections. If you’re looking for ways to use these posters intergenerationally, here are a few ideas:
Gather both young and old together for an intergenerational education hour. Use our devotional guide (purchased separately) and enjoy coloring and conversation.
Many churches have topical Bible Studies throughout the year. Why not get a group together and do an in-depth study on the Psalms and color while you learn!
Have your children’s/youth ministry take a poster to a nursing home to color with the residents. Or leave some with the residents and pick them up to share with your church.
Your church could host a simple soup/salad/sandwiches dinner on Wednesday nights during Lent and have conversation and coloring before or after eating together.
Leave the coloring posters out on tables during Coffee Hour/Fellowship Hour after church for people of all ages to sit, color, and talk with one another.
Dedicate a portion of your worship space to allow young people (and the young at heart) to color during worship. A great way for children to engage with worship in a new way.
While our name is Illustrated Children's Ministry, please don't think that only children use and appreciate our resources. We've been providing coloring posters and pages to schools, churches, youth groups, college ministries, adult Bible studies, nursing homes, retirement communities, mission groups and others since 2015.
Churches from around the world, and from more than 45 denominations (many of which are listed below) have used Illustrated Children's Ministry's resources and products with their congregations. We'd love to work with you!