Australia | Juliana Muniz

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 the Springwood Seventh-day Adventist Church (Brisbane) on October 21–22 for its third year. 

Organized by Charmaine Patel, SQC visual communication officer, 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 favorite weekends of the year! [I] love being inspired by creatives using [their creativity] for His glory!” exclaimed Jodine Azzopardi, one of the attendees. 

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, Patrice 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 in which she teaches her original Gobsmacked musicals. 

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), the 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.

All workshops and presentations are still available online.

The original article was published on the official South Pacific Division news site.