Thrive - A Creative Arts Gathering


Thu Jul 27 2017 - Sat Jul 29 2017    
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm



626 Plainsboro Road, Plainsboro, NJ, 08536

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We are so pleased to invite you to THRIVE, our second summer Creative Arts Gathering from July 27-29, 2017! Once again, we are preparing the Barn to host a special time of Worship and Creative Expression. It will be a time to grow closer to the heart of the Father, the Great Creator. A time to step into your identity as a child of God, created in his image. Be ready to be challenged and move out of your creative-comfort zone!

Who is THRIVE for? It’s for people who have that impulse within to create; whether dancer, painter, musician, craftsman, filmmaker, carpenter, writer, gardener, make-up artist, etc… it may be your profession, or your hobby, but it’s a part of your life that makes you tick and brings deep joy and life to your heart!

Special Guests: Mike & Teresa Carter (, David Harwood (, John & Mary Anne Heiss ( and Scott McDermott (
Hosted by Tom & Cori Sekinger and the BYRON Team

The Carter’s, Harwoods, Heiss’ and Scott come, not simply as guest speakers with a gold mine to teach from, but as friends – ready to create a beautiful “mash-up” together.

We will gather regularly for times of worship and special input from the team. Workshops will be “Writing a Memoir”, “Participation Installation”, “Discovering Your Core Talents” and “Cre-activating Leaders in the Marketplace”.
On Saturday night we will have a Collaborative Creative Expression, mingling the various disciplines to create a large-scale work.

Thu, 07/27/16
07:00-10:00 PM      Kick Off & Service – Worship, Message John Heiss

Fri, 07/28/16
08:30-09:30 AM      Registration, Coffee at Espresso Bar
09:30-12:00 AM      Session 3 – Worship, Messages Cori Sekinger & David Harwood
12:00-02:00 PM      Lunch & Fellowship
02:00-05:30 PM      Workshops – Writing a Memoir Mike Carter, Participation Installation Teresa Carter, Young Creatives
05:30-07:00 PM      Dinner & Fellowship
07:00-10:00 PM      Session 2 – Worship, Message David Harwood
10:00-Open End     Afterglow with Drinks/Snacks

Sat, 07/29/16
08:30-09:30 AM      Registration, Coffee at Espresso Bar
09:30-12:00 AM      Session 1 – Worship, Message Scott McDermott
12:00-02:00 PM      Lunch & Fellowship
02:00-05:30 PM      Workshops – Discovering Your Core Talents Teresa Carter, Cre-activating Leaders in the Marketplace John Heiss, Young Creatives
05:30-07:00 PM      Dinner & Fellowship
07:00-10:00 PM      Celebration & Service – Worship, Message Tom Sekinger, Collaborative Creative Expression

Full package $150.00 / Daily fee $75.00
Prices include materials, lunch and dinner.
We at BYRON love to feast! We will prepare tasty home made, all natural and organic meals. We encourage people to eat together in the barn – so much happens between people over a meal.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening are free of charge. We will collect an Offering!
Registration is OPEN. Detailed schedule will be sent with confirmation after signing up!

There is limited space in private homes, which will be reserved for people coming for 2-3 nights. If costs are an issue, please contact us!
We also recommend the Crown Plaza, which is just minutes away from BYRON. Please contact us about special group rates.

Fee $25.00
Kindergarten-grade 5
Workshops in Dance/Movement, Installation building, Creative Writing/Spoken Word. Be sure to bring a snack, bathing suit, towel, and change of clothes!

ABOUT Mike & Teresa Carter
Michael received his MFA in Graphic Design from The University of Memphis. For the past twenty years Michael has been involved in education, from curriculum design and classroom teaching to speaking at national conferences. As a national conference speaker and author, Michael has conducted workshops in a variety of media, including painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Currently Michael is the Art Director for The MorningStar Journal, an online and print magazine produced by MorningStar Ministries in Fort Mill, SC.
Teresa is an atelier trained portrait artist with a BFA in Painting. She is also a translator of unseen realms, an architect of hope, a maker of beauty and an engineer of atmospheres. She writes, she captures memories, she makes installations and there isn’t any form of art she won’t try – at least once. It is her joy and her privilege to be a creator. She has recently written, illustrated and self-published her first YA novel: Curio: Kingdom of Light Chronicles Book l.
Michael and Teresa have five grown children and live in Fort Mill, SC.

ABOUT David & Elaine Harwood
David and his wife, Elaine, have led Restoration Fellowship (Glen Cove, NY) since the mid ‘70’s. They are parents of three wonderful grown children: Shira, Jonathan and Benjamin. A Jewish believer, he is ordained through The Lamb’s Chapel (Moravian Falls, NC) and received a Masters of Professional Studies from the Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY.
David is a prophetic teacher, worship leader and author of the book “God’s True Love”. In addition to Restoration Fellowship David leads the Love of God Project, which serves the believing community through instruction and releasing impartation concerning God’s love. The Love of God Project is based in Restoration Fellowship, and is also affiliated with Tikkun, Messianic Jewish apostolic network.

ABOUT John & Mary Anne Heiss
John Heiss has ministered in Word, Worship and the Arts as a speaker, singer, pastor, writer, actor, director, and educator in churches, conferences, schools, theaters, and seminars in the US and nations around the world for over thirty years. He currently is the Senior Pastor at Wellspring Fellowship in Martinsville, Virginia.
John and Mary Anne, who also ministers in word and song, desire that everyone would walk in intimate relationship with the Lord Jesus. John and Mary Anne have two children, Elizabeth Kendall and Daniel, who own and operate the Daily Grind Coffee House in Martinsville.

ABOUT Scott McDermott
Scott has a BA and an MA in Biblical Studies, an MDiv, and an MPh. He also has a PhD in New Testament Studies from Drew University.
Scott came to the Crossing in 1993 as senior pastor. He teaches part time at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University and is also a Certified Life Coach.
Scott married his high school sweetheart Dawn; they have two beautiful daughters and one grandson.

ABOUT Tom & Cori Sekinger
Thomas & Corinne Sekinger met in the mid 90’s when they both worked for ICF church in Zürich, Switzerland. Corinne studied at Manhattan School of Music and Westminster Choir College as a voice performance major. She has sung opera, operetta, and musicals. Corinne wrote the script and directed the musical Life Song, and directed the musical The Gift while working with Stiftung Schleife, in Switzerland. She has also worked as director for musicals with the Cranbury School and Princeton Academy. Tom holds a bachelor of Theology from Life Christian University and has invested in young people for over 15 years developing relationships, preaching, and working in the arts. Tom has worked as a rapper, poet, lyricist and producer with many different musicians and loves to push into new territory! He was on the team at the Stiftung Schleife in Switzerland for 10 years. Together they founded BYRON in 2014. They have a heart to see people develop their creativity but most of all to develop into “all-rounders” – people that let Jesus into every part of their life.
Tom and Cori love to play with their kids Trixibelle, Lillibeth and Leeland, eat and cook, spend time with friends, take road trips, and shop at Trader Joe’s.


Registrations are closed for this event.