Arts in Worship event

DSC00117We held a very successful Arts in Worship event today at St Stephen WalbrookHayley Bowen, John Gentry, Mark Lewis, Henry Shelton and Peter Webb led art workshops on calligraphy, drawing on board, line techniques, pastels and scaling up; a series of visual multi-media meditations were shown; the annual exhibition by the National Society of Painters, Sculptors & Printmakers (NSPSP) was seen; Oasis Trust provided an information stall; a Special General meeting was held to discuss revised Charitable Objects; and a Service celebrating the Arts concluded the afternoon.DSC00120

Our Charitable Objects were agreed, as follows –

To promote the arts and advance religion by:

DSC00122(a) reinvigorating the role of Christian art in church communities and in public life through fostering awareness (by means of exhibitions, study days etc.) of the value of contemporary Christian art in public spaces, as an inspiration to and resource for teaching, learning and worship;
(b) encouraging the commissioning and placing of contemporary Christian art in churches; and
(c) enabling artists to develop their skills and practice in contemporary Christian art through the sharing of information and ideas in networking events, art workshops and similar activities.

During the Service we prayed the Collect for Church Musicians and Artists: O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven: BeDSC00123 ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

To read the sermon preached by our secretary, Rev. Jonathan Evens, please click here.