June 2023 Gathering

June 13th

Alex welcomed everyone to our last session before the summer break.

We began with prayer and worship songs accompanied by our musicians, including “Make me a Channel of your Peace” whilst the display on the carpet was mostly fabric, with flowers and lots of birds, a clue to today’s theme based around

St Francis of Assisi.


Jan Kear in a new role, then began to unfold the life of St. Francis, Patron Saint of animals and the environment, and his inspiration and achievements. What an interesting and eventful life he had. [1182-1226]

Sue then introduced the activities available.

The bird feeder table led by Lyn and Clive was immediately very popular with different designs of feeder in different materials. Some assembly was required and was a challenge without instructions! The results were very professional and the birds will love them.

The clay plaque making of a model of St. Francis was tackled in different ways and there was much discussion. The results were wonderful, an inspired idea from Alison, who was there to help.

There was writing inspired by the theme of nature and God’s world.

To see this month’s creative writing, click here.

The ongoing project for book making with colourful covers and glued and stitched pages, with some completing a new Zig Zag book which opened like a concertina. We were guided by Sue who was on hand to assist and advise.

The colouring activity was popular and aided lively conversation.


The prayerful knitting was available as usual, which is a very calming and meditative activity with time to rest and pray.

Coffee and biscuits were available throughout the morning. Thank you, Carolyn and all who rallied around.

Finally, there was the opportunity to exhibit and share our art work before the prayer and the blessing. The gift of a special card with the prayer of St Francis was given to everyone who came.

St Francis of Assisi Prayer. [1182-1226]
You are Holy Lord;
the only God and your deeds are wonderful.

You are love, you are wisdom, you are humility,
you are endurance you are rest, you are peace.

You are joy and gladness, you are all riches and you suffice for us.
You are beauty, you are gentleness,
you are our protector, you are our guardian and defender.

You are courage, you are our haven and hope.
You are our faith, our great consolation,
you are our eternal life, great and wonderful Lord,
God Almighty, merciful Saviour.


There was a slight delay as we rearranged for the picnic as, amazingly, it was just too hot to sit outside. What a wonderful spread! sandwiches, sausage rolls and many other delicious savoury items and lovely strawberries and cream as well as mini Pavlovas and cheesecake.

Thank you to everyone who contributed and helped.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday September 12th starting at 10.00am with coffee from 9.30.

A warm Kingdom Arts welcome awaits all.