May 2019 Gathering

14th May 2019

The miraculous catch of fish
John 21:1-14

Alex welcomed everyone including our visitors and after an introduction to the theme, the morning began with St John’s gospel as a dramatised reading which, following the theme of living water, was the account of Jesus telling the disciples to cast their net again.

Worship began with singing led by our musicians followed by prayers.
The “quilt of nations” representing the countries of the world is completed It has a border and will be part of our exhibition in June.

Work continued on the waterfall the wonderful mixture of ribbons and threads and embellishments will also be proudly displayed.

David’s challenge was based on 153 fish represented by arranging coloured dots in a pattern. There were also cut out fish which were stunning and intricate.

The Lego table frequently rang out with merry laughter as the fishing scene evolved; there was an abundance of small fish! Painted backgrounds added depth and interest.

The craft table offered neutral pieces of textured paper to make into a collage fish which could then be used to print with as a block. The results were beautiful in their simplicity and layering.

At the writing table the group wrote enthusiastically around the theme.

Other activities involved colouring and free art work.
The morning ended with a sharing session when individuals described the inspiration of their work, such variety and talent on show.
This was followed by a choice of sweet potato and red pepper or spinach soup prepared by Jan with bread and cheese followed by grapes and a delicious selection of cake.

Thank you all once more for a wonderful session!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday June 18th.
Please note that this is the third Tuesday in June and not the second.

We would love to see you there.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

April 2019 Gathering

9th April 2019

Jesus washes the feet of the disciples
John 15:1-15

Alex welcomed our numerous visitors and after an introduction to the theme, the morning began with the reading from St John’s gospel which, following the theme of living water, was the account of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet.

Worship began with singing led by our music group followed by prayers and a symbolic washing of our hands while we reflected.

We were delighted to welcome Karen to lead a book making workshop where artists enjoyed using water colours to express a pathway on the cover or all through their book.

An intriguing activity was the making of a sandal depicting the simple footwear worn by Jesus. Precision cutting and the use of glue gun promoted discussion and laughter, but the results were worth the struggle.

The “quilt of nations” representing the countries of the world is almost completed and has taken shape with the addition of buttons made from natural materials. It will have a border around the edge and will be exhibited in June at the Kingdom Arts Festival.

David’s challenge was based on individuals working out the design and cutting out of an Ethiopian cross. There were stunning and intricate results.
At the writing table the group wrote with diligence and enthusiasm around the biblical theme.

The morning ended with a sharing session when individuals described the inspiration of their work. This was followed by a choice of mushroom or pea, asparagus and chive soup prepared by Jan with bread and cheese followed by grapes and a delicious selection of cake.
Thank you all once more for a wonderful session!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday May 14th.
We would love to see you there.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

March 2019 Gathering

12th March 2019

The Pool at Bethesda
John 5:2-9

Alex welcomed new people and after an introduction to the theme, the morning began with the reading from St John’s gospel recounting the healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda, following the theme of living water. A reflection on the reading was followed by a time of joyful worship with songs and prayers.

Continuing from the previous month, there was a table set up with fabric and stitching to depict ribbons of water for a waterfall in tones of blue, with beading, stiches and plenty of sparkle.

The “quilt of nations” is a work in progress which will continue to completion and has taken shape with squares of material very thoughtfully collected together to represent countries of the world and machine stitched.

The free art table allowed expression through printing with a roller, described aptly as ‘The Messy Table’ as ink flowed and words and hands were included in the designs. Many colourful pieces were printed.

David’s challenge to construct a portico and hands hovering over the pool was most successful and much enjoyed.

At the writing table the group thoughtfully imagined the feelings of the man in the bible reading and his plight over thirty eight years. The results are on the website and well worth a read.

The morning ended with a sharing session when individuals described their work. We then joined together for a lunch of bread and cheese with soup prepared by Jan followed by grapes and a delicious selection of cake. Thank you all once more for a wonderful session!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday April 9th
when the theme of water continues, we hope to see you then.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

February 2019 Gathering

12th February 2019

“The Samaritan woman at the well”
John 4:3-42

Following an introduction and welcome from Alex, the morning began with the reading from St John’s gospel recounting the conversation between Jesus and a Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well and introduced the theme of living water. Vibrant and joyful singing followed then prayers led us to consider the activities linked to living water.

There was a table set up with fabric and stitching to depict ribbons of water for a waterfall in tones of blue, with beading, stiches and plenty of artistic interpretation.

A new activity a “quilt of nations” is beginning to take shape with squares of material very thoughtfully collected together by Vikki to represent countries of the world and machine stitched. This is a work in progress which will continue.

The free art table allowed expression through drawing, sketching and paint on the theme of water or the well.

David’s challenge to construct a well was enthusiastically received and the results are great.

At the writing table the group had thoughtful and heartfelt ideas and were inspired to put them onto paper.

The morning ended with a session when thought and work were shared.
This was followed by a soup lunch prepared in the newly completed kitchen with bread and cheese followed by grapes and a delicious selection of cake.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday March 12th
when the theme of water continues,
we hope to see you then.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

January 2019 Gathering

8th January 2019

“The Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan”
Mark 1:1-11

Greetings of Happy New Year filled the air as we assembled this morning.
Wonderfully harmonious music and voices accompanied our introductory song, “Come down O Love divine”. The reading was from Mark’s gospel invoking the Holy Spirit brought as if by a dove.

More melodious songs and then the introduction by David New of iconography, traditional and modern, depicting the Holy Spirit at the Baptism of Christ. This was our inspiration.

It was translated into art using fabric and stitching to depict ribbons of water in tones of blue with beading.

The clay table invited us to experiment and there were interesting results.

The charcoal drawing stimulated some artistic representations of the dove and the Holy Spirit.

Mosaic tiles were on offer at the “challenging” table and there were attempts to rise to the challenge of making a dove or flames using small squares and a great deal of imagination and skill.

The writing table had to be extended as our group had amazing ideas and were eager to put them onto paper.

The morning ended with a plenary session when resulting works were shared.  This was followed by a unique lunch held in the church with bread, cheese and pickle and followed by fruit and cake. (The kitchen is being replaced and soup will resume next month).

Our next meeting is on Tuesday February 12th
when the theme of water continues,
we hope to see you then.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

2018 Christmas Tree News

Worcester Cathedral Christmas Tree Festival

If you joined us in November, or if you have seen November’s report, you will know that we were producing stars and figures for a Christmas tree to be on display at the Christmas Tree Festival in Worcester Cathedral.

Some of the work was not finished on the day, so a group of willing volunteers(?) got together to sort everything out.

The tree is now proudly displayed in the cathedral, and you can visit and see all of the trees or look at the cathedral website and see some of them.

We are very pleased and proud to announce that our tree has been chosen as one of the top ten trees on display! There is an opportunity for visitors and website viewers to vote for their favourite tree. If you have the time to visit, please do. The trees look quite stunning in the subdued light and the  display is well worth the effort.

You might even decide that our tree is the best and vote for it!

The Tree Festival runs from 8 December to 3 January. There is no charge; however you may wish to make a donation via one of the barrels to support the Cathedral and its work.


 

December 2018 Gathering

11th December 2018

“The Pearl of Great Price”
Matthew 13:45-46

A glittering cloth of gold set with the nativity scene and pearls in shells greeted us this morning as we sang ‘Hark the Herald Angels’ accompanied by our accomplished musicians, and welcomed new members to the group.

This was followed by a humorous piece “The Three Gossips” featuring three of our thespian colleagues! This was a short sketch about the village where Mary lives. The reading was a short text from Matthew and the significance of Jesus as the pearl was well explained by Alex.
To meet the cast and see an excerpt from the performance, see below.

The first activity offered was to use Lego and additional “dainty props” for the stable, the shepherds and the wise men. This was accompanied by artistically painted backdrops to set the scene. This was later described as “an excellent team effort” and “the most up market stable.” They are to remain in church this week for other groups to appreciate.

There were some most attractive ceramic baubles to design and paint with acrylic. They were truly spectacular and will grace several trees.

This month, David New’s challenge was an origami shell, delicate to look at and skilfully made.

The creative writing table was full of purposeful endeavour and self-expression with themes of Advent, Pearls and Crackers.

David M held a most enjoyable singing workshop to learn a new Christmas song which we hope to feature on the website in due course.

We ended with discussion of the morning’s activities, worship and prayer followed by delicious chestnut and orange soup.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and please remember to visit the Christmas tree exhibition in the Cathedral when maybe you will feel inspired to vote for the Kingdom Arts Christmas tree!! {Voting is also available on the Cathedral website}.
Our next meeting will be on January 8th we do hope to see you then.

A delicious new soup was offered for lunch, spinach, pea and pesto which was greatly enjoyed by many with the alternative potato and leek, accompanied by bread, cheese and home-made cake alongside plenty of conversations.

Our 1st meeting in 2019 is on Tuesday January 8th.
We will be delighted if you would join us.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

For this month’s drama, see The Three Gossips

For this month’s music, see Music

For all of next year’s dates, see dates for your diary.

November 2018 Gathering

13th November 2018

“The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders”
Matthew 7:24-29

After praise through songs accompanied by our own musicians and vocalists and a reading of the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders, an explanation of the parable and prayers were offered by Alex. Then followed starting points from members of the team to help us all decide which of the activites on offer we would like to try.

This month, our group consisted of many familiar faces as well as some more new members. Everyone enjoyed the arts and crafts on offer.

The skeleton for our Christmas tree (which goes on display on December 8th at Worcester Cathedral) had already been prepared by Trevor, and one group spent time decorating the tree branches with stencilled golden stars.

Characters for the accompanying Nativity were stitched in glorious and elaborate colours or more subdued fabrics. It was a bit of fun but you needed skill. They will look amazing when completed.

David’s design of an eight pointed ribbon star was complex! Comments included It’s awkward and finicky to hold onto but great if you get it right and You need time to get the glue off your fingers.

The sand pictures were thought provoking and glittery and one lady exclaimed “it was great fun drawing with glue”.

The creative writing table attracted new talent and our first Rap was produced, along with thoughtful prose.

We ended with a sung grace.

A delicious new soup was offered for lunch, spinach, pea and pesto which was greatly enjoyed by many with the alternative potato and leek, accompanied by bread, cheese and home-made cake alongside plenty of conversations.

Our last meeting for 2018 is on Tuesday December 10th.
We will be delighted if you would join us.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

For next year’s dates, see dates for your diary.

October 2018 Gathering

9th October 2018

“The Parable of the Prodigal Son”
Luke 15:11-32

Our new season of meetings is based on the parables of Jesus and interpreting their meaning or sparking interpretational ideas through writing, craftwork, art or music.

Following praise through songs accompanied by our amazing musicians and vocalists, a reading of the parable of the Prodigal Son, and starting points from members of the team; our group, including new members and visitors explored the activities on offer.

Creative writing explored feelings and how to express or seek forgiveness, while the free drawing with charcoal expanded the parable into visual art.
Words around the concept of feelings were translated into posters.

Felting [in this instance, making pig shapes with felt pressed through by stabbing with a needle] was offered for the first time and was so much enjoyed that it will surely be offered again.

The making of a “simple balance” was a challenge in dexterity and scientific principle. [Do look at the photographs.]

Finally came an innovative retelling of the Prodigal Son using a puppet theatre. The performance was a unique presentation, so enjoyable and such fun.

The discussion and sharing of ideas at the end of the morning was dynamic, personal and very thoughtful. The exploration of the meaning of the parable and the concept of forgiveness had been explored both on a personal level and within several of the groups.

We ended with a sung grace.

A delicious choice of pear and parsnip or mushroom soup was offered for lunch accompanied by bread, cheese and cake with an opportunity to continue conversations.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday November 13th.
We will be delighted if you would join us.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

For this month’s drama, see Oct 2018 Puppet Theatre

September 2018 Gathering

11th September 2018

“The Parable of the Sower”
Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

Our new season of meetings will be based on the parables of Jesus and interpreting their meaning or sparking interpretational ideas through writing, craftwork, art or music.

Following praise through song, a reading of the parable of the sower and starting points from members of the team; our group, including new members and visitors explored the activities on offer.

Interesting Origami birds were a new challenge to interpret the birds who fed on the seeds, whilst stones representing the rocky ground, were decorated in colourful designs.

Watercolour paintings using seed as inspiration led to philosophical interpretation of seeds bursting forth and dispersing. This idea was also discussed by the writing group.

Meanwhile embroidery and beads embellished the earth coloured squares interpreting the meaning of the good and fertile soil bringing forth abundance.

The discussion and sharing of ideas at the end of the morning was dynamic, personal and very thoughtful. The concept of ourselves as seeds waiting for the point of germination and growth into Christian belief and action was explored in several of the groups.

A delicious choice of soup, bread, cheese and cake was offered for lunch with an opportunity to continue conversations.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday October 9th. You are most welcome to join us.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing