During these strange times when normal interaction is not possible, some people are still thinking, writing, drawing, composing, painting, etc.
We have decided to keep an informal occasional ‘journal’ showing that our worship, prayer and inspiration does not stop just because our monthly meetings have.
We do not know when our next meeting will be.
However, this journal is growing! You will find all the May entries below.
Scarlett writes: I attend St Stephen’s as well as St George’s and in their weekly newsletter entitled ‘Something Different’ I wrote my own version of Psalm 23 appertaining to the times we are living in. It is meant to come across as an epistle of hope.
To read Scarlett’s Covid-19 version of Psalm 23, visit our Creative Writing pages. Click here >> May 2020 Writing
Next, we have a craft idea to illustrate the theme of a church service entitled ‘ The difference that Easter really makes ‘
The reading was from the Gospel of John. Ch.20 v 19:23. The appearance of Jesus to the disciples, who were locked in a room, in fear.
PRESENCE: Jesus was present with the disciples, it changed the reality. We /they are not alone.
PEACE: Jesus said, ‘ Peace be with you ‘ He spoke peace into their fear. This peace is true and eternal and moves us beyond our situation into a personal peace.
PURPOSE: ‘ As the Father sent me, so I send you ‘ The nature of the church is a community sent out in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Presence, Peace, Purpose: The difference that Easter really makes.
Margaret Stokes. (inspired by watching a Church Service in Peckham, London on the Sunday after Easter)
These face mask adapters were made for carers and district nurses to stop the elastic rubbing their ears. Lyn Crowther
See May 9th (below) for plans to make your own mask.
Helen McNicholl has sent us a piece of creative writing entitled
‘Pentecostal Flames 2020‘.
Some key words are: NOURISH, CHANGE, RECHARGING, HOLY, PRAY, RELEASING.
To read Helen’s contribution, visit our Creative Writing pages.
Click here >> May 2020 Writing
The Reverend Sarah Northall of St Wulstan’s Parish in Warndon visited our meetings on a couple of occasions. See has seen our website and has sent us a link to one of her own reflections (no pun intended) called ‘Streams of Prayer.
It lasts about 10 minutes and you may find it both restful and rewarding.
Ways of Helping one another by using our creative skills in these difficult times: Make a face mask for yourself or a friend
COMPETITION who can make the most creative/colourful/ interesting Kingdom Arts Mask? Send us photos.
Making a face mask
These masks have been made from materials you may well have in your home:-
Materials: outside fabric, lining fabric, metal strip, tape to cover metal strip, (not shown: elastic or tape)
Cover metal strips. These are fixed across the bridge of the nose so that the wearer can shape the mask to fit closely against the nose.
Cut out pieces. The fabric is folded so every cutout will produce two pieces.
This picture shows the pieces cut out for two masks, one large and one smaller, with double fabric layers.
Stitch centre front seam
Attach strip to nose of outer fabric
Stitch two layers together, top and bottom
Turn through, fold in raw edges and press
Stitch tape or elastic in middle of edge, fold over and stitch down edge.
If you want, you can leave a slot between the two layers of fabric to insert a renewable filter.
You can probably obtain suitable materials for filters on-line, although we have heard that some everyday materials might work quite well – we are not experts and you would need to check out the effectiveness of such home-made filters from an expert source. Vikki Moore.
He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.
When you print out the pattern, it has to be the correct size. There is a 5cm line printed at the bottom of the page – measure it and check it is really 5cm long.
Then and Now
Thomas stood outside the door
His head still spinning and aching
with echoes of that Day
The cruel, unknowing, inflamed crowd,
Shouting, “Crucify, crucify.”
Women stifling cries of anguish.
People locked in houses, wracked with fear.
Children with little understanding
filled with future nightmares.
The driving of the hideous nails
Hammers for building
He crept away like Pilate and Judas
But he was in denial, total disbelief
They could not kill his Saviour there on Calvary
Still at the door, he remembered that word
He entered the room
All eyes on him, the doubter
But His Lord’s voice reached his ears
His throbbing head and shaking body calmed
Jesus drew him close, and lovingly led his hands
to feel the water from His side
baptising him once again,
giving peace to his soul.
The healing hands and feet
Filling his veins with New Life
and Strength to Live Again
May that miraculous spiritual love
and understanding surround us all
giving us strength to live anew
in faith and hope near to God Now and into the Future
Suddenly, our hospitals need far more protective clothing than they ever have before. Demand is currently outstripping supply, despite all the efforts being made. Here’s where we can step in.
Following a plea via social media for pillow cases to be donated to make drawstring ‘scrubs bags’ for front-line health workers, an army of some 900 volunteers from across Worcestershire of all abilities have got busy producing the bags.
At the last count the total stood at: 262 Scrubs, 6953 Scrubs Bags, 3379 Headbands plus 700 Scrub Hats. What an amazing achievement in just three weeks!! Demand is still rising so if anyone wants to be involved please do search them out via the Facebook link below
I’m stuck in a gender twisted society.
But I need to break free.
If scripture was open to me,
I’d sing, “Let me sit at Divine feet
because God’s Word edifies me.” I must wait ‘til a man reads it to me,
And interprets the Word thoughtfully
through the lens of masculinity.
Naturally, I just sit an’ listen,
silently . . .
Praying from a Dusty Floor
My son, Jesus, was executed in a brutal act between religious leaders and the government. The horrors I saw were still vivid in my memory on the day I met the disciples. I hadn’t been able to sleep for days. My jaw and neck muscles were tight and sore with the pain of grief but when we prayed together, even the memories that engulfed me in terror faded along with my worries about the future. The fact that we had all managed to meet there, without being caught and strung up in front of some unofficial council, didn’t seem to be a co-incidence . . .
“This drawing is based on the Pentecost picture of Mary breathing in the power of the Holy Spirit deep inside of her to bring transformation from inside…..when she was with others praying.
It’s my interpretation of how she would have been praying to The One True God in an openness by the way she is sitting….”
Knitting the Lord’s Prayer
Many people find that spending time quietly engaged in simple crafts can stimulate thoughtful contemplation and prayer, which is why we always have ‘the big knit’ opportunity at our monthly gatherings. It has been mentioned that if you knit, you can say the Lord’s Prayer as you cast on twelve stitches.
Our Father in Heaven
Hallowed be Your name;
Your kingdom come;
Your will be done
On earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread;
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us;
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil,
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are Yours,
Now and for ever.
In lockdown, Barbara thought she would like to try this, but she didn’t have any knitting needles or any wool! Ever resourceful, she improvised with sharpened sticks from an oil diffuser and thin string!
All went well until her kitten pounced and chewed one of the sticks!
However she started again, perseverance pays and prayers are always answered.
One of our regular members came across this version of the Hallelujah Chorus. We thought others might like it too.
If you click on the title below, you will leave this site and be taken to YouTube. You should be able to return to this screen by using the ‘back’ symbol on the new screen you go to – what this looks like depends on the equipment you are using!
Pretty good for a first attempt! Vikki says she may well have another go and see if she can improve on it.
Reflections on our world
In the blessing of the morning
Early shafts of sunlight stream through the branches.
Reflections on the watery surface ripple in the slightest breeze
A draft that flutters the leaves and causes petals of cherry blossom
to slowly drift onto the canal and float.
The piercing cry of moorhen and louder trills of the blackbird
whose chorus hails the new day.
A glimpse of hawthorn soon to open in fragrant white billows.
My senses are alert, all is hushed and I am stilled
In this moment of quiet solitude
I thank God.
This soup is free from eggs, fish and milk. The pesto contains parmesan cheese and the topping, if used, contains wheat.
Ingredients, serves 5
1 tbsp rape seed oil
1 large onion, finely chopped.
750ml/ 1.25 pints of chicken stock.
300g of frozen peas.
180g pack of tender baby spinach.
3tbsp reduced fat green pesto.
For the topping, (if used) 100g chorizo, diced. 2 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs.
1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium heat. Fry the onion for 3 to 4 minutes until soft but not browned.
2. Add the stock, peas, spinach and pesto, bring to the boil and simmer for 4 minutes. Cool slightly, then puree with a hand blender, or liquidiser. Freeze at this stage if required.
3. Topping if using. Heat a non stick frying pan over a medium heat. Dry fry the chorizo for 4 minutes or until crisp. Stir in the crumbs and set aside.
4. To serve, reheat the soup but do not allow it to boil. Taste and season with ground black pepper if needed. Top with the crumb, if using.
This soup is high in fibre and is free from dairy, nuts, fish, eggs and wheat. It is easy to make and does not need to be blended or liquidised. It can also be frozen. It serves 6.
225 g/ 8oz of red lentils rinsed and drained.
2 onions, finely chopped.
2 large garlic cloves, finely chopped.
1 carrot, very finely chopped.
30ml/ 2 tbsp olive oil.
2 bay leaves.
A generous pinch of dried marjoram or oregarno.
1.5 litres/ 2.5 pints of vegetable stock.
30ml/ 2 tbsp red wine vinegar.
Salt and ground black pepper.
1. Put all the ingredients except the vinegar and seasoning in a large heavy-based saucepan. Bring to the boil over a medium heat, then lower the heat and simmer for 1.5 hours, stirring the soup occasionally to prevent the lentils from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
2. Remove the bay leaves and add the red wine vinegar, with salt and pepper to taste. If the soup is too thick, thin it with a little extra vegetable stock or water. Serve the soup garnished with celery leaves or parsley etc.
Today should have been our regular monthly meeting. This month’s theme would have been Pentecost.
Holy Spirit descend on me
And fill my heart with Your eternal fire and love divine.
And strengthen my faith once more
And open my eyes.
Give me the light of Your love that I may shine on all I find.
Come and teach me Your ways, O Lord,
And open my mind so that I can see the way ahead.
Take all of the mist away
And make the road clear.
Keeping me strong through the trials I face, my faults, my doubts, my fear.
Fire within my heart,
Fire within my soul,
Fire to take me anywhere I have to go.
I surrender my all to You
The gift of Your love and Your grace are all I ever need.
Let Your passion burn in me
And let me stand tall.
Give me the mind and the skill to speak Your word to one and all.
Fire within my heart,
Fire within my soul,
Fire to take me anywhere I have to go.
So I stand here prepared, my Lord,
You wash away all of my doubt and fear and take control.
You cleanse me and make me new
And I am restored.
Fill me with power and the strength to do Your will for evermore.
I’ve heard they’re coming today, They’re passing through our village. I wonder, if I prepare some food, will they come and eat with us? I could get the best dishes out, I could cook something special, I could put a clean cloth on the table, I’ll sweep the floor, and dust around. So much to do, So little time.
I hear voices, Are they here already? I’ll run and meet them. Jesus, Jesus, would you come to my house today? Come and rest awhile. Join us for lunch. So you’ll come? It won’t take me long to get the food ready.
The Master enters the house. He sees Mary. Martha busies herself with preparing lunch. But Mary sits at Jesus’ feet. She listens to his every word. Fascinated by the stories he tells, The truths he reveals, the love he expresses. Transfixed by his presence, her heart is at peace. Caught up in the moment, her anxieties slip away.
“Lord, Lord, don’t you care, Mary’s not helping me! She’s left me to do all the work by myself. She just sits there as if there was nothing to do. It’s not fair. I am doing all this on my own!”
“Martha, Martha. It’s ok. I am with you such a short while. So little time to share with you the truths of the kingdom. Truths that will sustain you in the days ahead. You have such high expectations of yourself For everything to look right, — to be just so. Mary has opened her heart as she has listened to me. She has received my love. She has given me her time. She has been filled with eternal truth No-one can take that away from her.”
So, I reflect, And I see within myself two very different parts. The one -full of agendas, things to do, people to see. The other-longing for his presence, His peace. Am I free to choose, which one will I be today? Will I rush and stress, exhausted with self-imposed deadlines and expectations? Or will I slow down, will I sit at his feet, and listen to His will for me? Peace, perfect peace.
Ruth Campsall Luke 10: 38-42
Easter Day Christ is risen ALLELUIA!
April 10th (Good Friday) An Easter message to you all
Hello Kingdom Arts Friends,
This is to wish you a joyful and blessed Easter. It will be the strangest of Easters but we can still celebrate and give thanks inside our homes, the new Life that Jesus brings us through His Resurrection.
You might be going to a virtual Service or connecting through the many resources which are available on the Internet and there we will be able to remember our families, and all our friends at Kingdom Arts. We miss seeing you .. there will be so much to share when we return.
As you are looking at this, you have found our “Coronavirus Journal” and can see the wonderful art/poetry that some of our members have contributed. We could do with more so if you feel inspired during this lockdown time send in your creations.
With love And God’s Blessings for you and yours,
April 9th Pastel drawing
Art work by Lesley Brown , who so enjoyed working with pastels at the March Kingdom Arts she was inspired to do these .
They are based on the sculpture of the cross at Queen’s Birmingham .
Hand made with what was in the house except fixing with ‘Impulse’ Body Fragrance!!
April 6th Hama Butterfly
The life process of the butterfly, from caterpillar through chrysalis to butterfly is a Christian symbol of the human life, the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Here it is my prayer for you that you will be sustained with the hope of better times to come as we wait to be released from this chrysalis-confinement-lockdown stage of our life.
Maybe there is a suggestion here that God sees and senses each one of us through his creation especially in the ways we deal with the more vulnerable parts of his works. David New
April 4th Digital Art
Inspired by the story of Mary and Martha (Luke 10:38-42) which was to be the theme of our April Gathering
One of our future activities was to be a representation of Pentecostal fire.
Starting with some simple materials . . .
. . . and finishing with this decoration:
You might like to try and work it out for yourself!
April 3rd In this beautiful world
In this beautiful world we care for nought
We do not do the things we know we ought
We have one planet, that is all.
In our arrogant ways, we think we are above
Mother Nature’s Laws that are from God above
We bring destruction on ourselves.
Now there’s an enemy we can’t see
It’s so small.
Yet so powerful and mighty it be,
A reminder that we
Are not rulers at all,
Our position in this universe is really quite small.
We’ve been given this world in which to live,
Some just take what they can, while others give
If we’re divided, then we fall.
Now there’s an enemy we can’t see
It’s so small.
Yet so powerful and mighty it be,
A reminder that we
Are not rulers at all,
Our position in this universe is really quite small.
Let’s consider it all, there’s only one
The Ruler of all is God alone
He is beside us through it all.
(1) the damage humans are doing to the planet;
(2) the coronavirus – reminding us we are not as powerful as we think we are;
(3) 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 “So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.”
April 2nd A renewed Resurrection
They nailed Him to the cross
With companions on either side
Storm clouds grew darker
Earth preparing to break apart
Birds flying unsettled
Scattering for shelter
Woman’s tears falling silently
From horror-struck bodies
The soldiers tossing lots
For ill-gotten gains
The braying fickle crowds
Thinking they knew best
But the sacrificial forgiving Jesus
Poured love on all he saw
He stretched out his hands
To believers and questioners alike
His feet pointed to God’s created earth
The land he knew and loved
His head so near the God
He worshipped and adored
There on the cross
Man and God were one.
Can we in this world’s crucifixion time
Become one with God
Reflecting His Holy teaching and caring
Drawing nearer to each other
Crossing divides of hearts and bodies
Honouring our diverse planet
Helping healing and new growth
Letting the rhythm of his words
Beat through our hearts
Washing away our fears
Replacing tears with hope
Lord hear our prayers
And lead us to a renewed resurrection
Under the shelter of your
I look up to the mountains and hills, longing for God’s help. But then I realize that our true help and protection come only from the Lord, our Creator who made the heavens and the earth. He will guard and guide me, never letting me stumble or fall. God is my keeper; he will never forget nor ignore me. .. He will guard and keep you. Psalm 121.
Easter Garden Haiku
March 31st In the waiting room of God
Today would have been my husband’s birthday.
It’s hard in isolation on my own.
These are pencil drawings I have done today which reflect different moods whilst waiting . . . for what?
Time to sit with me and Jesus.
Some of the drawing shows His hand reaching out to us. Others are when I need Him to grip my hand so I can hang on and ask Him not to let me go during this time of isolation.
Alex welcomed everyone, especially Christine Morgan from her church in Wokingham! Christine has been inspired by our Kingdom Arts initiative to start a similar group in Wokingham called Creative Spirit which she explained to us. What joy to know that Christian creativity is growing across the country.
We continued by singing praises accompanied by our musicians and vocalists. The theme of women in the bible continued with Mary Magdalene (John 20: 11- 18) her visit to the empty tomb and encounter with Jesus. There was a reflection, led by Alex with prayers.
Christine led a group using pastels or crayon to depict tear drops in a pattern with added writing if inspired to do so. The results were most effective and triggered memories for some of the group as they explained in the sharing session.
David resurrected Hama beads and the design of the cross or empty tomb was used to construct rather delicate emblems.
The creative writing table enabled people to explore the experience of Mary Magdalene in the garden when she was reunited with Jesus. The writing expanded on her experience and feelings with amazing results and very different interpretations.
In the garden
What’s happening Lord? You who understood everything I’d ever done You who gave me hope, hope like I’d never known You who gave me peace and love so tangible, My life transferred from misery and mediocrity? Promise of eternal life, with you the Son of God The Son of God, the promise of the Father, Crucified, this eternal life drained from him Hung on a cross ’til Death came and took him from us. He who healed and raised the dead Now dead himself.
How can it be? We, his followers and his mother Looked on. Powerless, we watched Until he breathed his last. Our hearts broken Shattered into a million pieces. Pierced with a sorrow like none before. So, we took your body and with great care Prepared you for burial, Our tears wrapped up in your linen cloths. Everything we longed for lost and and buried With you, as you were placed in the tomb. Secure.
And so, I came today. I knew not what to expect But wanted to be close to you. To sit by your tomb And remember… remember all that was good. All that was … gone Now even your body is gone. The tomb is empty There is nothing left. Just empty promises —- and SILENCE —-
Where are you? Where have you gone? “Why are you crying? Who are you looking for?” “What, who is that? Do you know where he is?” “Mary” “Master” And thus, the revelation came Scales not tears fell from her eyes She could see Him He is risen. His promises are true There is freedom And life forever more in His presence
This is one of four pieces of creative writing this month. To see the others, click on ‘Creative Writing’ at the end of this report.
There was an opportunity to create a collage with Spring colours and textures and ribbons.
Lyn led a workshop by providing small hessian draw string bags filled with scented cinnamon and rosemary to remind one of the Easter story. They were decorated beautifully with embroidery motifs or delicate collage reflecting the Easter theme.
As always there was time and space to sit quietly and knit with prayer. This is a welcome respite from the bustle of busy lives.
The work of the morning was displayed, celebrated and admired with some explanations and reading of creative writing.
Jan completed the morning by reading a reflection and we ended with song.
Our shared lunch was lentil soup or purple soup. There was cheese, grapes, cakes and a chance to converse with our visitors and each other.
Unfortunately, due to coronavirus and ‘lockdown’,we do not know when the next meeting will be. However, you will be very welcome when the day arrives!
If you just wish to look through all the photographs, you can see the Gallery
In June 2019, Kingdom Arts held a Festival celebrating the exploration of Christian Faith through the creative arts. The displays were a mixture of in-house creations produced by our regular attendees at our monthly meetings, together with art work kindly loaned to us by a variety of other artists.
A commemorative book of the Festival has been produced. Our grateful thanks go to the artists whose work was on show at the festival and is displayed within the book:
www. Lindisfarne scriptorium
www.powishayward.co.uk Instagram sarahaywardart
What a wonderful day yesterday…. such a joy to spend it with the usual people plus our visitors from The Bridge.
Here are the comments from our visitors’ book for you to see and to be encouraged by them:
“I love the small service to give us ideas for the craft time… gradually the crafts ‘release’ me and I can’t decide which craft to do next. The idea of dance for the last song of worship was the icing on the cake”. Joan
“I was impressed with how the morning felt unhurried and relaxed. How the whole flowed from worship to craft to sharing. I was also impressed with how at all points the focus was on God and responding to God. Too often we make worship about us!” Rev Glenn Reading
Mutual Flourishing From Victoria (E-mail) Can’t tell you how lovely it was to see you all this morning. And thank you for kingdom Arts itself – it was restorative. I thought you needed to see this e-mail I received. Can you pass on my thanks to the people he mentions? I confess that ‘John from Ipsley’ has been a big inspiration to me in my journey, also.
From John at the Bridge to Victoria. (E-mail) Thank you for letting me accompany you and your clerical colleagues to Worcester and St George’s. What a lovely day! The whole day was so enjoyable, joining in worship (hymns or are they called faith songs now ? No matter, I did feel quite at home with it) Meeting such a lovely, friendly group of people so helpful in every way. Just being Christian, as I like to think we at the Bridge are. One shouldn’t really name certain people, but the following were really good to me and for me- John from Ipsley, Vikki, David also from Ipsley, musicians, Trevor and Clive. I wrote a thank you note on Facebook (I think) to Kingdom Arts . This is my thank you note to you.
To all our regulars and helpers: All the hard work is worth it isn’t it? Thank you all for sharing your amazing gifts with so many people and so regularly!
“What an amazing space this is!” exclaimed one of our visitors to Kingdom Arts this month. The entire session was remarkable, and the church buzzed with activity and conversations among members of other churches.
Alex warmly welcomed everyone, especially the visitors from the Bridge in Redditch, mentioning that it was also a special day for three of our members. We love to celebrate birthdays!
We commenced by singing praises accompanied by our band of musicians. The theme of women in the bible continued with Miriam (Exodus 2:1-10) and the well-known story of Moses in the Bulrushes, then following her to Exodus 15:20-21 after the Crossing of the Red Sea and Moses’ victory over the Egyptians. There was a reflection, led by Alex with prayer.
After the intricacies of the temple build, this month David had a new and simpler task to construct a basket, with paper, scissors, and glue.
There was an opportunity to create a still life of a group of objects including a basket using pastels or charcoals. Not all the work was based on the objects displayed, but some really interesting results appeared.
A new activity was to make a bulrush using wool and fabric, the results were delicately beautiful.
The creative writing activity inspired several writers who captured aspects of the story of Miriam from different angles. The resulting work was inspiring.
The water flowed
The bitumen and pitch safeguarded the basket
Loving watchful eyes
Saved the child
As God protects us in our ever changing lives
Cradled by moving holy water
And weeps for our lost ones
Never to see light
Uncared unloved souls
Others left in strange receiving homes
But binding us together
Male and Female
Rich and poor
Lost and found
With rich glue fast love.
This is one of three pieces of creative writing this month. To see the others, click on ‘Creative Writing’ at the end of this report.
Another small group were introduced to the art of calligraphy. This requires much care and precision. The participants were rewarded with some fine results.
As always, there is time and space to sit quietly and knit with prayer. This is a welcome respite from the bustle of busy lives.
Following on from last month’s successful activity with the ribbons, Alex taught a group a dance, such as Miriam may have performed to glorify and praise the Lord. The dancers used claves (sticks to the uninitiated!) in time to the music provided by Sue on the accordion and Trevor on the tambourine.
Click on the link below to see a short video of their efforts.
Alex warmly welcomed everyone, especially visitors, and there followed praise and singing to welcome the new year accompanied by our faithful band followed by a reflection, led by Alex.
The theme of women in the bible continued this year with the story of Anna when Jesus was presented in the temple, according to Luke chapter 2 verses 23-28.
David’s task to reconstruct a temple building proceeded and this was the last session before it is complete. The work continued to demand team work, craft skills and precision.
There was an opportunity to create a picture of a dove or two using wallpaper and other paper textures.
Some chose to sit quietly and colour Celtic patterns or knit and pray. This was a welcome respite from the bustle of busy lives.
A new activity was using oil pastels on cloth, drawing and colouring circles which overlapped in a blaze of colour. It was later described as “cosmic.”
The creative writing activity inspired several writers of prose and poetry who captured the patient waiting in the temple of Anna and Simeon. The resulting work was inspiring.
Waiting in the Temple
Waiting, always in the waiting room,
Praying, asking, seeking, searching..
Sitting in the shadows of your wings… closed away, waiting
Shall I give up, give in, will it ever happen whilst I live. Is it true?
Will the answer find me here?
Come… My heart waits in silence…
Only to you God do I yield… I live to serve.
To Pray, asking, seeking… looking.
Up from the shadows.
My heart races, light streams in.. a baby is born..
Rivers burst within as I look upon his face..
Truth rises up, a song dances from my lips and for all the long years of hoping, trusting, weariness, doubting and faith
Waiting is over and the answer to life,
My life, your life… every present and future citizen of this world will find themselves in you..
Waiting is fulfilled.
It is over.
Relief, joy. I dance in the streets..
It’s been fulfilled… Waiting is over.
With Advent in full swing and Christmas nearly upon us, the theme of women in the bible continued with the story of Mary and the annunciation and birth of Jesus according to Luke chapter 1 from Verse 26.
Alex welcomed everyone and there followed praise and singing of favourite carols accompanied by our wonderful musicians and vocalists and a reflection on the story led by Rev. Peter.
Some seasonal activities had been organised and the floral decoration session led by Jan T enabled the making of a Christmas a wreath or table decoration and was very popular. There will be a special handmade decoration in many houses.
David’s task to reconstruct a temple building continued to enthral and exasperate as it is work in progress demanding team work, craft skills and concentration.
Another task involved clay and was to design and mould nativity figures whilst a new activity was the design a Christmas icon using a variety of paints and brushes. Imagination and careful hands meant that some amazing images were produced.
We also had the opportunity to admire some creative work from South America. These stars were produced by a Ladies’ Cooperative in Lima, Peru.
The creative writing activity promoted some discussion about the meaning of the crib and what gift one could truly give him. The resulting work was wonderful.
Mary, Mary your face is a picture…
Has something happened?
For a while I couldn’t catch my breath… everything had changed but outside of myself all looked the same. How could I tell them I just seen an Angel With a message for one… Who am I – that he should single me out?
My heart, my ears, my thoughts are all alive.
With the sound of many words as the Angel told me of what will be. I am to bear a child… little insignificant me… not just any baby… a holy child….
My insides were filling up with warmth, hope of a promise that was growing in me….
A seed planted… and I was changed for ever – who am I… Mary… that you should show such Favour and as I stood there quaking with growing excitement. Mingled with fear I heard a new song forming and opening my mouth. Rivers of living water tumbled out in words of sheer emotion and praise…
The work of the morning was displayed, celebrated and admired with some explanation by participants.
David M led a music session teaching us to sing “Mary did you know” which enhanced the final candlelit worship led by Alex, when we were joined in prayer and harmony.
Finally we celebrated the coming of Christmas with our shared lunch of soup (either chestnut & orange or a really nice spicy soup, the ingredients of which I have forgotten!), bread, cheese, grapes and seasonal cakes and convivial conversation.
We wish you all A Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year.
We would be delighted to welcome you to our first meeting of the new year with tea and coffee at 9:30. Tuesday January 14th : Anna and Simeon.
You may well have noticed we are trying a new style of report this month, with the photographs and writing included within the report.
If you just wish to look through all the photographs,
you can still see the Gallery
Women in the Bible: Elizabeth Luke 1: 5-24, 39-45, 57-66
Alex warmly welcomed everyone on our Fourth Birthday which was to be celebrated at lunch. We sang the obligatory chorus of Happy Birthday with gusto!
There was praise and singing accompanied by our musicians and vocalists.
We then continued our theme for this season, ‘Women in the Bible’, with readings about Elizabeth and Zechariah, recounting the story of a visit to Zechariah by Angel Gabriel, up to the birth of John the Baptist.
There were five interesting activities relating to this reading.
David’s task to reconstruct a temple building was a group effort and is a work in progress demanding team work, craft skills and concentration.
A table with a “pile of fluff” generated a host of angels, making a dazzling display.
The creative writing activity promoted discussion about Elisabeth and the disgrace of infertility in biblical times.
Another task was to design and craft cardboard shields with a family related crest, while another group wrote their chosen names using wax resist.
The work of the session was displayed, celebrated and admired with some explanation by participants.
Our special guest was Mother Victoria who taught a group how to sign the blessing which we used to great effect at the end of our morning activities. A very special blessing for us all.
Finally we celebrated in style with our shared lunch of soup, bread, cheese, grapes a wonderful fruit birthday cake and a glass of fizz for a special toast to Kingdom Arts.
We invite you to our next meeting beginning with tea and coffee at 9:30. Tuesday December 10th : Mary.
For this month’s pictures and videos, see the Gallery
Women in the Bible: Naomi and Ruth Ruth 1:1-18 and 22
This morning’s reading told the touching beginning of the story of Naomi and Ruth. David New expanded on this with an interpretation of the purpose of this book. It was followed with singing and praise accompanied by our musicians and vocalists.
David continued on his interpretation by designing a task involving the making of brick shapes and then writing words that may be seen as negative and divisive. The purpose of this challenge was apparent in our feedback session. [See the photos]
There were four additional tables of interesting activities relating to this reading.
Sue had an activity to make a card to give to a loved one. The most attractive results were worth the concentration and effort. Later in the morning she led a musical group with percussion instruments.
Alex had been learning an embroidery stitch like ears of wheat, which she shared this morning. Several people enjoyed learning from her and the delicate stitching was much admired in our sharing session at the end of the morning.
The creative writing activity promoted conversation and debate taking up the theme of women and the relationship of Naomi and Ruth.
There was a free table to explore watercolours.
After plenty of conversation, discussion and cups of coffee (thank you Pam and Carolyn) we gathered to share our experiences. It was agreed that a session of Kingdom Arts is refreshing and cathartic!
Then a song of praise, before a shared lunch of soup, either roasted cauliflower or pea, both were delicious! Bread, cheese, grapes and a wonderful fruit cake were also available to all.
We invite you to our next meeting beginning with tea and coffee at 9:30. Tuesday November 12th : The story of Elizabeth.