April Gathering

4th April 2017

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

The April activities were designed around the Garden of Gethsemane.
We were delighted to welcome new people to our group, including visitors from Gloucester who wanted to experience what we do.

A dramatic dialogue started the morning with the Narrator and Jesus telling the events in the garden. This was based on Matthew, Chapter 26, verses 36-47.
There was singing and the promise of soup!

The textile tree of life has been completed and backed as a large hanging and was revealed as a surprise! It is magnificent and has been a wonderful collaborative effort.

The activities included woodwork making a wooden cross, with opportunities to chisel, cut and hammer a decoration! Paper lanterns were available with acetate widows to decorate a garden. The cloth labyrinth was laid out to walk upon and assist our praying; with objects along the way to enhance our thinking. What a lovely calm activity.
There were with more activities for painting or colouring words onto felt and these were used to decorate the edge of the labyrinth. Family, hope, blessings, peace, joy, love, glory, majesty were messages for new beginnings at Easter.

The last section of the large Celtic cross was completed by Clive and will be mounted for display. New “Prayerful knitting” has begun as promised last month.

The sharing at the end of the morning was enhanced by poems from the creative writing table. Karen felt that the discussion about faith at her lantern making table had enriched the morning. Our visitors who are thinking about a setting up similar group found making the cross inspiring; they will hang it to remember their morning with us.

At the end of the morning, everyone received a gift from David New – a card with a photo of his glass mosaic and his poem, “The Crown of Thorns”. Thank you to David. You will find a copy of this mosaic and poem in this month’s creative writing.

We meet again on Tuesday May 9th we will be very pleased to see you, come and join us.

For this month’s pictures, see the Gallery

For this month’s written word, see Creative Writing.