Our meeting began with joyful music celebrating the birth of Jesus, written and composed by David M, a reading of the Nativity from Luke Chapter 2, and Psalm 96.
The activities included making a decoration with a red candle, foliage and berries, what a stunning centrepiece for the Christmas table!
The Madonna and child watercolours were truly beautiful, clay stars were delicate and sparkly and intricate Celtic knot patterns tested the creative and those with an engineer’s mind.
The quilt continues to be enhanced with more detail and intricate stitch work and there are opportunities for everyone to add to it over time.
The whole morning was enhanced by moments of quiet thoughtfulness in the candlelight as we all look forward to Christmas.
We hope to see you again on January 10th 2017
Meanwhile we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The morning began with praise and prayer and recognition of our wonderful first year exploring creativity through faith. (And the promise of cake!)
The theme for the session was based on Psalm 1 and the book of Revelation 22. “Like trees planted by streams of water which yield their fruit in its season”
We began work on an innovative quilt showing the tree of life, with streams of water and opportunities for everyone’s involvement. Glorious fabrics, bright paper, threads, sequins and joy abounded. Birds, leaves and a flowing river were created around the tree.
Flowers created by “the Lads” with fabric pleated and tied with a central button were in evidence; previous examples can be seen in our 2017 calendar.
Some thoughtful words were written on paper leaves to accompany it.
Finally always an uplifting time, the gathering together to show and explain our work and give thanks for God’s inspiration. His spirit is working among us.
Then there was lunch and the magnificent celebration first birthday cake!
“Lord show me the way”… these were the words painted on a beautiful banner donated by Trevor for use at our Gatherings. The theme for the day was Psalm 23 – which refers to being lead “in paths of righteousness”, and which fitted in so well with introducing this new gloriously decorated banner.
Origami fish, bluebells and birds accompanied “the still waters and green pastures”, embroidered sheep, words of the psalm in decorative script, creative plates of food for thought on the “table set before us” …. All this brought alive for our delight after the hearing and the reading of the psalm.
Next month we celebrate our 1st Birthday. Come and join in the Party!
We began our second year, meeting old friends or making new friends, over a cup of tea or coffee in St George’s Church on Tuesday morning. The theme was ‘Exploring the Psalms,’ beginning with the psalms of praise.We read from psalm 8, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars ….”
Many people perceive a beauty in the world of nature that they observe around them. But not everyone acknowledges a Maker of this universe and responds to him in praise. We were invited to create something that in some way expresses our praise to the One whose beauty we perceive in the things around us.
Some embroidered biblical words of praise; others sat and created words of their own; some painted; some produced a work of collage. One group created a mobile out of paper-made geometrical regular solids with words of praise written on the sides. The balance and the movement represented the Maker’s delicacy and harmony in all that he has made.
There is, of course, a dark side within creation – wars, illness, abuse, injustice – that, for some, denies the biblical statement that ‘it is good.’ Expressing praise for the beauty expresses the biblical faith that though there is darkness, yet, “The light shines on in the darkness and the darkness has never quenched it.”
Some 30 people gathered and shared. Some people move from table to table; others stay on one project. There are spaces to be alone and sit and reflect.
Jan produced her wonderful soups, as usual, for us – each month a different choice and amazing varieties!