Stay at Home Activities


Ideas for thriving, giving, and spiritual growth amidst extended time at home.


For many, these past few weeks have meant spending extended time at home. In these moments (and in our current age) it’s easy to choose practices of escapism, inactivity, and over-consumption. These activities appear good in the moment, but can often lead to feelings of lostness and despair. Instead, we can choose activities that contribute to our spiritual growth and help those around us. Here are a few ideas from the Alabaster team.

I. Make/write postcards to friends
Design and craft a beautiful postcard; give a message to those in your community who might need some encouragement in their life.

II. Disconnect from technology
When at home for longer, it's easy for us to stay glued to our technology: phones, social media, TV. Take some time to get away from screens and pursue analog activities. Read a book. Do a puzzle. Declutter your space. Make art.

III. Be with friends: over video-call
Set-up a video-call with your friends: get creative on how to play board games with a web-cam, show each other what you’re eating for dinner, pray together.

IV. Serve your neighbors and local communities
Buy take-out from local restaurants. Donate to causes that are helping with groceries and supplies. Use a delivery service and deliver it to the elderly. Take care of each other. We're in this together.

V. Practice silence and solitude
Pray, reflect, and journal. Quiet your soul and settle. Choose stillness. Choose hope. Find God in the midst of uncertainty. Amen.


From the Alabaster Team
Image: Bryan Ye-Chung

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Additional Readings

The Creative's Role in God's Invisible Kingdom


On bringing the invisible, intangible qualities and attributes of the Kingdom into this visible world.

Creativity as Devotional Practice


A reflection on how we can approach the creative process as a devotional practice.

A Theology of Making

A primer in developing a theology of creativity.

 

Finding God in Mystery and Wonder


How mystery and wonder invites us to seek God in newer and deeper ways.