January 2020 Gathering

14th January 2020

Women in the Bible: Anna

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,
How long…
Praying, asking, seeking, searching..
Remembering
Sitting in the shadows of your wings… closed away, waiting
How long?
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.
Fulfilment
It is over.
Relief, joy. I dance in the streets..
It’s been fulfilled… Waiting is over.
©Shefalie Hollis  Kingdom Arts January 2020

 This is one of six pieces of creative writing this month. To see the others, click on ‘Creative Writing’ at the bottom of this report.

 Alex encouraged  a group in the use of colourful ribbons as a way of expressing praise in worship and they later used these ribbons  as part of our final worship adding a new and spirited dimension.

Click on the titles below to see short films of the rehearsals

Ribbons instruction             Ribbons music

At the end of the morning, the work was displayed, celebrated and admired with some explanation and obvious enjoyment by participants and pieces of creative writing read aloud.

Our shared lunch was pumpkin or tomato and apple soup, bread, cheese, grapes, cakes and a chance to catch up on conversations after the holidays.

We would be delighted to welcome you on the second Tuesday of February with tea and coffee at 9:30
Tuesday February 11th : Miriam


If you just wish to look through all the photographs,
you can see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing


 

December 2019 Gathering

10th December 2019

Women in the Bible: Mary

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, 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…

It’s not about me, Mary,
It’s about who Jesus is

 

© Shefalie, Kingdom Arts December 2019

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

 

November 2019 Gathering

12th November 2019

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

 

October 2019 Gathering

8th October 2019

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.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

Kingdom People Day

at Worcester Cathedral

Kingdom Arts was asked by the Diocese to create a project for visitors to take an active part in during the Kingdom People Day in the Cathedral on September 28th.

We chose to create something that spoke of the Kingdom values of

Compassion, Love, Justice and Freedom.

We enjoyed creating it with help from our visitors .

Bishop John loved it so much that he asked for it to stay and be displayed in the Cathedral for a short time.

It’s situated by the Friends’ door.
Go and see it and let us know what you think.

September 2019 Gathering

10th September 2019

Lydia
Acts 16:13-16

We began our September meeting after a summer break with a warm welcome followed by singing and praise accompanied by our joyful band of musicians and vocalists.

The theme for this season introduced by Alex amid a sea of purple; is women in the bible. The reading was from Acts Chapter 16 v 13-16 telling the story of Lydia who traded in purple cloth and was baptised by Paul. There were five tables of interesting activities relating to this reading. Do look at the photographs of the morning.

Our guest artist Karen firstly showed and then encouraged a group to make small books. There was lots of discussion and the dainty and very pretty results were worth the concentration and effort.

David had a craft task to make a delicate model stall with small items for sale. Careful hands were needed to hold and stick.

The new material called “brusho” was well received and gave a chance to experiment, lots of trial and error and a bit of mess, with the powder sprinkled onto or by spritzed water! A waterfall of colourful pictures emerged with stencilled cut outs adding images.

There was a beautiful purple orchid placed on purple tissue to sketch with pastels or charcoal and delightful images resulted.

The creative writing activity promoted conversation and debate taking up the theme of women and particularly Lydia. Follow the link to see the end product.

After plenty of conversation, discussion and cups of coffee we gathered to share our experiences, before a shared lunch of soup [tomato, apple and celery, or celeriac and spinach].

We invite you to our next meeting beginning with tea and coffee at 9:30.
Tuesday October 8th : The story of Ruth and Naomi.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

June 2019 Gathering

18th June 2019

Jesus calms the storm
Mark 4:35-41

Alex welcomed everyone including our visitors and expressed her delight with the amazing response to the Kingdom Arts festival. You will be able to see some of the visitors’ comments in the Festival Report elsewhere on this web-site (News section: “Festival 2019”)

The morning began with a reading from St Mark’s gospel which, following the theme of living water, was the account of Jesus calming the storm. This was followed by singing led by our intrepid band of musicians and a quiet time of prayers.

Throughout each morning at Kingdom Arts, Pam and her helpers have kept us well supplied with hot coffee, tea or cold drinks and plentiful biscuits, mostly needed as this month there were many opportunities for artistic experiment and interpretation of the theme, requiring energy!

David had a table for origami activities; there was great concentration as boats were folded and unfolded in pursuit of perfection. The resulting multitude of vessels described as a flotilla, or armada!

At the modelling table there was clay, with much discussion and laughter as people rolled and squeezed and chopped.

A board with doves which had featured at the festival gave a chance to cut and stick to embellish the picture.

At the writing table, the group wrote enthusiastically around the theme, first choosing some headlines from a newspaper, then using their favourite or most meaningful to write.

The sewing table flowed with quiet conversation and careful needlework as embroidered patterns emerged, as an alternative there was prayerful knitting.

David M led a musical interlude with a singing activity, which was greatly enjoyed and described as the creative break one member needed to inspire her!

Other activities involved free art work with paint, glue and believe it or not pencil shavings! [Look at the pictures]

The morning ended with a sharing session when individuals described the inspiration of their work, with such variety and enjoyment.

We closed with a shared meal with a choice of summer vegetable or lentil soup prepared by Jan with bread, cheese, grapes and a home-made cake.

We thank you all once more for a wonderful season and, as we take our summer break, we invite you all to our next meeting.

Our next meeting is on Tuesday September 10th.


For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s words, see Creative Writing

 

June 2019 Festival

A lot of hard work went into creating the displays for this festival – not to mention the activites which took place during the three days, and the large amount of tea and coffee prepared, and the mountain of cake that was baked.

The Festival Team taking a well-earned rest.

You can either scroll down the page and see comments and photographs, or click these movie files to watch a slide show:

Festival Slide Show, part 1

Festival Slide Show, part 2

Here’s a selection of the comments made by visitors:

Truly inspiring. Thank you.
Jenny B

A wonderful venture!
Love Judy

Well done. Hope it is a great success. Many thanks,
Sara H

St. Georges needs you!

Well done to everyone who got involved.
Riversides School really enjoyed it.

A very inspiring display of gifted talented people.
Jan and Colin W

We had a lovely cup of tea, while listening to peaceful music!
A great exhibition and a good use of the church.
What a beautiful art display.
Love how people are able to express themselves creatively, honouring Jesus and the stories within the bible.
Keep doing things like this, as it reaches so many

Loved the artwork and the joining of the Performing/Arts and worship.
Great display, really beautiful.
Tess Yr. 4, St Georges C of E

A quote from a pupil at St George’s School
“I thought churches were dark places, but they are not”

A big thank you from all the EAL students and staff at Bishop Perowne C of E School
We loved seeing your wonderful creativity in praise of God.

Thank you so much!
Coralia – Romania; Edoordo – Romania;
Laura – Romania; Jose – Portugal;
Stefania – Romania; Thank you: Moise – Romania;
Denis – Romania; Sheilyn – Honduras.

Line-dance anyone?

So many interesting displays, Thank you.
Anthea

Thank you – it’s light, airy, gentle and full of people’s hearts. What a lovely way to spend an afternoon with Jesus.
Joan C xxx

Isn’t it super to see such a range of inspirational work! Let’s get creative – Yes
Fran B

What a fantastic exhibition! Thank you and well done to all the team, I’ve really enjoyed my visit this afternoon.

Thank you so much for a truly inspiring exhibition the artworks and design were exceptional, and gave a peaceful spiritual message, which with the beautiful music and song left us feeling very close to God. Looking forward to the next one.
Ted and Ginny D

A delightful surprise to be browsing such a variety of skills, colours, ideas – a great success
C F

A very interesting and stimulating exhibition – much food for thought. Many thanks.
Rosemary A

A beautiful and thoughtful exhibition. One smiles to consider the talents of all who have contributed and gained from their association with Kingdom Arts. So much that I liked v. much . . . Stations of the Cross, Mary Fleeson’s work, the cross and candlesticks. What drew me particularly were the sand/bowl installation – quiet, meditative, therapeutic potential, and the Prayer Obelisk- the opportunity to quietly reflect on needs of another and request help!
Yes, very much enjoyed my visit.
Avril

What a wonderful spiritual experience to walk round these beautiful displays and works of art. Thank you Lord for your many talents.
Thank you for having us.
Thank you for being so kind.
Vanessa

A stunning display of beautiful art.
It was fun and everything was very nice.
What an inspiring festival. Thank you.
Helen G

What a lovely amazing experience of Our Fathers Love and presence. Thank you.
Simply inspiring.
R B D

Amazing and inspiring, Well done.
A beautiful exhibition of inspiring creativity
Another fabulous exhibition, glad I was involved.

Przepicgkna wsytawa wystawiajaco Jezusa, Naszego Pana
Eva from Poland
Translation: Picturing the creation of Jesus, our Lord.

A wonderful collection in a beautiful Arts and Crafts Church. Truly inspiring how much love and care has gone into each of the Artworks and bringing them together in such a celebration.
Robin Walker, MP for Worcester

Thank you, for me, today, the metal cross has made a lasting impression.
Very inspiring – it’s been wonderful to see such talent.
C S

Wow! What a magnificent display of some amazing talent. Hard to pick a favourite amongst so much excellent art but I did like the cross and candlesticks. Also, the fishes painting. But that’s just two of many many to choose from. Nice cakes too!
John and Di B

Really inspiring exhibition. Congratulations!
Katherine

We had lots of fun and thank you a lot.
I had a fun day here and it is so cool here and I want to come back.
From Sharim

What a wonderful, uplifting and inspiring experience. Thank you.
John W

Thank you for letting me be part of this amazing and uplifting event.
Alison

Inspiring, amazing, wanted to read the poetry book all afternoon but felt God’s presence though every exhibit. Thank you.
Gail

Moving and inspiring
Joanne  C R
I agree
Lawrence C R

So much moving creativity! Thank you
When the Spirit moves much is created. Richard

Beautifully colour co-ordinated.
X C


 

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