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ArtServe e-news September 2016

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Join us to experience ‘The Rhythm of Life’

There's still time to book for ArtServe’s fabulous Festival

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October 2016
High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, EN11 8SG

Philip Roderick, musician, priest, founder of the Quiet Garden Movement and of Contemplative Fire, will be leading us in an exciting weekend. He will encourage us how we might better respond to the demands of a life in Christ, a life where secular and sacred merge into a rhythm.

There will be explorations in music and spirituality. No musical experience is required, but experienced musicians may be challenged too.

Philip will create stillness with his bell-like instrument the hang, general movement with body prayer, and the use of gesture, silence, playfulness, lament and myriad ways of becoming transformed, re-formed, by the Spirit of God with us.

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Watch and listen to Philip playing the hang

As ever, there will be time for conversation and sharing, worship and eating.

There will also be an evening of musical contrast on Saturday when Dave Bilbrough, well known writer of hymns and worship songs, will sing his own compositions. He will make the time to involve us too in his powerful gift of writing, music and praise.

We are hoping to have a number of Christian-based stalls for you to view, as well as a bookshop where you can browse and buy.

You will find full details are on our website including how to book.

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The easiest way to book is to use the online booking form (book this way even if you pay by cheque) or you can download the brochure and postal booking form.

You can ask any questions by emailing festival@artserve.org.uk or calling Damian on 07816 986424. We look forward to seeing you there.


Exhibiting at the ArtServe Festival

This year we would like to give the opportunity for artists, musicians, sculptors and other creative professionals to exhibit and sell their work at the Festival.

Your work doesn’t need to be specifically Christian, but it should be of interest to people coming to the Festival.

If this might interest you, please contact festival organiser Damian Boddy or phone him on 07816 986424.

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ArtServe annual general meeting

Notice is hereby given that the eighth AGM of members of the company will be held at High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, EN11 8SG on Saturday 22 October 2016 at 4.45 pm. The business will include:

  • Directors' report and the accounts for the year ending 31 August 2016
  • Election of Directors.

Relevant documentation will be sent to members in advance.


ArtServe magazine

Issue fourteen of our magazine is due to reach members very soon.

Feature articles include:

  • David Fawcett on composing for small choirs
  • Susannah Hallcroft on her one-woman play Discovering Mary, the mother of God
  • The winning entries in the Jack Clemo poetry competition in his centenary year
  • Iconographer Constantina Wood writes about The colour of prayer
  • Damian Boddy on Maintaining the mystery – the modern revival of an ancient tradition
  • and a new way of bringing Bible stories to life for children.

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Ideas and contributions for future issues should be sent to the editor, Richenda Milton-Daws at journal@artserve.org.uk.


A visual feast at Bath Abbey

Two exciting exhibitions can be viewed in Bath Abbey this autumn.

If you live in the area, you may have already seen Sue Symon's masterpiece One Man's Journey to Heaven also known as the Bath Abbey Diptychs. The life of Christ is depicted in 35 pairs of sumptuously decorated panels; a combination of needlework, hand-drawn lettering, illumination and calligraphy. This awe-inspiring work of art and craft is on display until Wednesday 28 September.

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Hard on the heels of this exhibition comes Fully Alive showing pieces from the Methodist Collection of Modern Art from Thursday 6 - Sunday 30 October. The aim is to explore what it means to be fully alive by considering the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, who came that we might have life in all its fullness.

The paintings will be curated in sympathy with the beautiful interior of the Abbey, leading visitors on a journey of discovery and response. The exhibition will include lectures and lunchtime recitals.

Contact visits@bathabbey.org or phone 01225 422462 for more details.

Please note: it is advisable to check in advance if you wish to view the complete set of Diptychs as access can sometimes be limited by services and events.


Making music with James Lancelot

Saturday 1 October, 2.30 pm and 7.00 pm
Trinity Church, High Street, Gosforth, NE3 4AG

Come and sing at Trinity Church, Gosforth. Arrive at 2.00 for a 2.30 pm workshop, singing anthems by Handel, Fauré, Bruckner and Mozart.

Join us again at 7.00 pm for an organ recital by James Lancelot, Master of the Choristers and Organist at Durham Cathedral.

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The cost of the workshop is £5.00. For more information or to book your place contact ArtServe member Monica Goldfinch or phone her on 0191 285 6223.


Come and Sing 'Messiah' in Sevenoaks

There is an opportunity to sing parts 2 and 3 of Handel's masterpiece at The Drive Methodist Church Sevenoaks, TN13 3AB, on Remembrance Sunday, 13 November at 6.30 pm.

There is a rehearsal at 3.30 pm. For further details please contact Trevor Harvey or phone him on 01732 456345.

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Riding towards Advent

Riding Lights Theatre Company is taking bookings for their new Christmas play, which starts touring on Wednesday 12 October.

Simeon’s Watch is an engaging new play about family. A wonderful story about growing old, discovering hope and being surprised.

Tour dates and bookings

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Interested in writing poetry?

Have you ever considered entering the poetry competitions run by the Association of Christian Writers? Their current competition is to write a poem which is a response to the news. The deadline for entries is Monday 21 November 2016 and the competition is open to non-members of ACW.

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Rochester Arts in Mission

Rochester Arts in Mission is a blog designed to encourage the creative arts in telling God’s story, to showcase creativity in the diocese and further afield, and to enable communities everywhere to connect with their creative side.

A recent article in the blog focuses on the famous set of beautiful stained glass windows, designed by Marc Chagall, in All Saints’ Church, Tudeley, and explains how the Chagall windows have become a focus for reflection and lament.

The earliest article explains what Arts in Mission is all about and includes a short film showcasing this developing ministry.

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The Revd Dr Ivor Jones FRCO (1934-2016)

Ivor Jones, who died in April aged 82, played a significant role in the life and development of ArtServe's predecessor the Methodist Church Music Society.

Ivor served as MCMS ministerial secretary and was a guest speaker at its annual conference on several occasions. In the early 1970s he was responsible for establishing the Methodist Organ Advisory Service and in 1985 he delivered the society's Golden Jubilee lecture.

Until last year Ivor Jones edited the monthly music column in the Methodist Recorder that is now contributed by members of ArtServe.

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At his family's request only a brief obituary was published but you can learn more about his life from the address given at his funeral by the Revd Robert Dolman.


Would you like to be more involved?

Some of our directors complete their terms of office this autumn, so we would very much like to hear from anyone who might be interested in serving on the board. In particular we are keen to recruit a new treasurer. Board members are also trustees of the registered charity and must of course be members of ArtServe. Phone David Grimwood on 07960 369681 for an initial informal chat.

We are also keen to find a new editor for e-news. This is primarily about finding and preparing material, rather than technical production and is an excellent way to keep in touch with what's going on in the field of creative arts and worship across the denominations. To find out more please phone Richenda on 01666 824029.


Not a member? – it's still a good time to join!

Members receive our magazine. When you join we will send you the new issue (right) along with a selection of back numbers (while stocks last). Members can download earlier issues from the website.

We are now at the beginning of a new subscription year so your payment will cover the period up to the end of August 2017.

Membership costs £25 per year and entitles you to a discount of £15 when you book your place for our festival weekend The Rhythm of Life.

Join online now

For further details go to becoming a member.

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ArtServe e-news June 2016

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‘The Rhythm of Life’

Friday 21 - Sunday 23 October 2016
High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, EN11 8SG

Following the enormous success of the 2015 festival led by Shifting Sands, the 2016 Artserve festival weekend promises another profound experience, this time based on music and rhythm in a more contemplative style.

The festival will be led by musician, educator, writer, composer and Anglican priest Philip Roderick (right), founder of the Quiet Garden Movement and Contemplative Fire.

Philip will lead us on a journey towards God in sound and stillness, movement and meaning.

The weekend also includes an evening with renowned worship leader and songwriter Dave Bilbrough (Abba Father, I am a new creation).

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Full details can be found on our website and booking is now open.

How to book

The festival brochure forms the centre pages of the latest issue of ArtServe magazine and includes a booking form. The brochure can be downloaded as a separate document. You can also download a single page postal booking form.

The best way to book is by completing the online booking form – you can book this way even if you are paying by cheque.

Download the brochure and booking form


ArtServe magazine

Issue thirteen of our magazine was published in May and all members should now have received their copy.

Features include: 'Being Church' at Glastonbury; Art and faith in Sussex; creative writing by ArtServe members Kate Austin and Catherine James; full details of this year's ArtServe festival; and news of ArtServe's plans for the future and a redesigned award certificate.

Ideas and contributions for future issues should be sent to the editor, Richenda Milton-Daws at journal@artserve.org.uk.

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OneSound seeks a company secretary

OneSound (formerly MAYC Orchestra and Singers) is one of the UK’s leading Christian youth music ensembles and choirs. Through weekend residentials it helps young people grow as musicians, leaders and disciples of Christ.

OneSound is currently undergoing an exciting period of expansion and is looking to recruit a dynamic individual with relevant experience to join its board as Company Secretary.

Further details on the OneSound website.

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E-news compiler required

You may have noticed that ArtServe's email news has been taking something of a sabbatical. This is for want of someone to compile our bi-monthly bulletins.

Are you an ArtServe member who could monitor a number of arts news bulletins, keep an eye on ArtServe's Twitter feed, and act as a contact point for contributions? If so, please have a word with Richenda Milton-Daws or David Grimwood (contacts are on page 2 of the current magazine and on the website).


Not a member? – it's a good time to join

Members receive our magazine. Issue 13 (right) was published last month and when you join we will send you this and the two previous issues (while stocks last). Members can download all earlier issues.

If you join now your payment covers our next subscription year up to the end of August 2017.

Membership costs £25 per year and entitles you to a discount of £15 when you book your place for 'The Rhythm of Life', our 2016 festival weekend.

Join online now – or go to becoming a member for further details.

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e-news February/March 2016

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Journey through Lent

Lent calls us to reflect on our lives and our shortcomings, and prepares us for the dramatic events of Holy Week and Easter.

The arts give us new and challenging ways to experience this special season and explore what it can mean for us today.

Here are a few suggestions, several of which involve ArtServe members.

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Celebrating Samuel Wesley

Wednesday 24 February marks the 250th birthday of Charles Wesley’s younger son, the composer Samuel Wesley.

Sam was born in Bristol, probably in 4 Charles Street (now the Charles Wesley Heritage Centre - pictured) and moved with his family to London in the early 1770s.

As his talents blossomed he earned a reputation as ‘the English Mozart’ and the greatest organist in the land. He was also the first English musician to really discover the importance of the music of JS Bach and spent much time and energy actively promoting it.

In honour of this great musician, the New Room in Bristol will be devoting concerts to his music on Friday 26 February and Friday 11 March – both at 1.20 pm after the 1.00 pm communion service.

There will be further Samuel Wesley concerts throughout the rest of 2016 – see the New Room website for details.

 

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Following the Way of the Cross through London

‘Stations of the Cross’ is a unique exhibition, being held throughout Lent in 14 iconic locations across London. It uses works of art to tell the story of the Passion in a new way, for people of different faiths.

In this pilgrimage for art lovers, viewers will travel across London, mapping the geography of the Holy Land onto the streets of a ‘new Jerusalem.’

 

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The Stations will weave through religious as well as secular spaces, from cathedrals to museums. The art on display will run the gamut from Old Master paintings to contemporary video installations. Artists include Christians, Jews, Muslims, and atheists. Instead of easy answers, the Stations aim to provoke the passions: artistically, spiritually, and politically.

Read more on the Coexist House website where you can see a map of the route and download the custom-made app Alight: Art and the Sacred which will guide you around by GPS. There are also pictures and talks about all the exhibits.


‘Stations of the Holocaust’ in Norwich

This striking exhibition by sculptor, priest and ArtServe member Jean Lamb will be on display in the south aisle of Norwich Cathedral throughout Lent.

The work, which was shown at Coventry Cathedral last year, depicts the last hours of Jesus’s life shown alongside representations of the Jewish Holocaust.

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‘Impossible God’ comes to Salisbury

Actor and ArtServe member Mark Topping brings his one-man passion play to Salisbury Methodist Church on Friday 26 February. The performance begins at 7.30 pm and you can find out more or book tickets by phoning 01722 335443.

Further information about Impossible God.

For information about other performances go to Mark Topping's Facebook page.

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The Jack Clemo Poetry Competition 2016

The Arts Centre Group – a national association of Christians working professionally in the arts and media – has held a regular poetry competition in memory of the Cornish poet Jack Clemo ever since his death in 1994.

The photo shows the 2013 winner, Dallin Chapman (right) with journalist Ruth Gledhill who presented the trophy.

This year, the competition celebrates the centenary of Jack’s birth, and we hope some ArtServe members and friends will feel inspired to enter – the closing date is Wednesday 16 March 2016.

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Read more on the Arts Centre Group website.


Worship through movement and dance

Are you passionate about faith and worship? Would you like to express this through dance? ArtServe member Anna Gilderson of uC Grace is running a Dance and Movement Worship Retreat from Friday 11 – Sunday 13 March 2016 at Kings Park Conference Centre, Northampton, NN3 6LL.

No experience is necessary, just a passion for faith and worship. Join us for a journey and let dance bring restoration, healing and peace.

The cost is £175 – £225. The earlier you book, the cheaper it is. A small amount of funding is available to assist those who need it.

Further details are available on the uC Grace website, or contact Anna Gilderson on 07920 405512 bookings@ucgrace.co.uk.


Beelzebub and his spectacular travelling show

A lone traveller is on her way to Jerusalem in search of a mysterious stranger. But will Beelzebub and his troupe of performers manage to recruit her for their sinister production instead?

Come to St Mary’s Church, Melton Mowbray LE13 1AE at 7.30 pm on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of Holy Week to find out.

Read more

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Back to Basics with Ipswich Choral Society

This open vocal workshop day on Saturday 16 April is led by the choir's music director, Robin Walker, who writes a regular music column in ArtServe magazine.

The day will give participants a chance to get back to the fundamentals of singing, from posture to breathing, to voice production and vocal ensemble. It is open to everyone, from accomplished singer to first timer.

For more information and booking form go to the Ipswich Choral Society website.

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Drawing your faith: Holy Art Workbook

Iconographer Constantina Wood, whose work was featured in recent ArtServe magazines, has made her Holy Art Workbook available for download.

There is no charge for the workbook but donations to Franciscan Aid, a charity which supports individuals in need in developing countries, would be greatly appreciated. To donate, follow the Franciscan Aid link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Download Holy Art Workbook 1

Read more about Constantina Wood's work on her website.

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ArtServe Festival 2016

This year's annual festival will be at High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire from 21-23 October, and will focus on music with the theme Living Fire!

The principal leader for the weekend is the Revd Philip Roderick, founder of Contemplative Fire and of the Quiet Garden movement. Philp says:

‘Making music and building harmony together can be a real delight – playful and profound. Suddenly realising that we are easily able to improvise and create simple songs and syncopation can bring a smile to light up our eyes.

‘Not only music and harmony, but movement and gesture have been a part of the human journey and spiritual journey for many centuries. In this weekend we shall travel as a new and provisional community of belonging, exploring the rhythm of life. Together, we shall have the opportunity to be creative and reflective in the light of some core teachings of Jesus.‘

Following feedback from last year, we have decided to provide a more relaxing and contrasting session for the Saturday evening. This will be An evening with Dave Bilbrough (pictured) for whom Abba Father became a giant step into international recognition. Four decades in full-time Christian ministry and numerous albums later, he is recognised as one of Britain's foremost worship leaders and songwriters.

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Full details, including costs and how to book, have still to be finalised.


Have you joined yet?

ArtServe is a supportive, sharing community of like-minded people who are passionate about creativity and worship. If you are not already a member, do consider joining now.

Members receive our magazine (right). When you join we will send you the last three issues (while stocks last). Members can also download all earlier issues.

Membership costs £25 per year and entitles you to a discount of £15 when you book a place on our Festival Weekend.

It's easy to join online. Go to becoming a member for full details.

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e-news November/December 2015

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Advent – season of hope

We are entering one of the busiest times of year for ministers, worship leaders, church musicans, children’s workers, flower arrangers and many more who want to use the creative gifts God has blessed them with to serve God and the church.

As a creative, worshipping community, ArtServe seeks to provide a forum for sharing and inspiration. Members will receive our next magazine in early December. In the meantime, though, help to spread the word, tell others about our resources and our Facebook page.

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Contact info@artserve.org.uk if you want to share a creative way you have found to open up worship and prayer.


Time to learn, time to share

Our Festival Weekend Theatre of Dreams was a great event, as theatre makers Gerry, Mercé and Patricia led us through an amazing journey of exploration and self-discovery. There will be a full write-up in the next magazine but if you can’t wait till then take a look at the photo gallery on our website and see for yourself.

We are already looking forward to next year's Festival weekend, which will be from 21-23 October at High Leigh in Hertfordshire. This time we will be focusing on music. Put the dates in your diary now.

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The Wintershall Nativity Play

Once again, the Wintershall Estate near Guildford sees a re-enactment of the Nativity story.

It takes place Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 December, in and outside the Barn Theatre, Holly Barn. There are two performances each day: check the Wintershall website for times.

The Wintershall Nativity depicts a Christian view of Christmas in both an exciting and original way, with shepherds and sheep, donkeys and the three wise men on horseback.

Come warmly dressed with boots or other appropriate footwear. The ‘inn’ opens for tea, coffee and mince pies about an hour before each 90-minute performance.

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Worship through movement and dance

Are you passionate about faith and worship? Would you like to express this through dance?

ArtServe member Anna Gilderson of uC Grace will be running a Dance and Movement Worship Retreat from Friday 11 – Sunday 13 March 2016 at Kings Park Conference Centre, Northampton, NN3 6LL.

No experience is necessary, just a passion for faith and worship. Join us for a journey and let dance bring restoration, healing and peace.

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The cost is £175 – £225. The earlier you book, the cheaper it is. A £65 non-refundable deposit is needed to secure your place. A small amount of funding is available to assist those who need it.

Further details are available on the uC Grace website, or contact Anna Gilderson on 07920 405512 bookings@ucgrace.co.uk.


National Methodist Youth Brass Band

NMYBB have had a busy year and you will be able to read about some of their activities in the next issue of our magazine.

Forthcoming concerts are at Rowlands Gill, Tyne and Wear, on Saturday 6 February 2016, and then in Lincoln on Saturday 23 April, as well as touring Italy at Easter.

Full details of all the band's future activities are on its website.

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The band is always on the lookout for new members so if you are, or know anyone who is, aged between 13 and 18 who is approximately grade 5 on a brass instrument (or percussion), please get in touch with the membership secretary at membership@nmybb.org.uk.


Drawing your faith: Holy Art Workbook

Iconographer Constantina Wood, whose work was featured in issue 11 of ArtServe magazine and who has also contributed to the forthcoming issue, has made her Holy Art Workbook available for download.

There is no charge for the workbook but donations to Franciscan Aid, a charity which supports individuals in need in developing countries, would be greatly appreciated. To donate, follow the Franciscan Aid link and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Download Holy Art Workbook 1

Read more about Constantina Wood's work on her website.

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Trinity Advent Lecture

Tuesday 1 December 2015, 7.30 pm
Trinity Church (URC/Methodist), Cheam Road, Sutton, SM1 1DZ

Christmas Carols - from Village Green to Church Choir

This year's Trinity Advent lecture will be given by Dr Andrew Gant of St Peter’s College, Oxford, who reveals a series of captivating – and often surprising – tales of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and ministers.

'Christmas Carols' brims with anecdote, expert knowledge and Christmas spirit – a joyous account of one of our best-loved traditions, with of course musical illustrations. This event will be of interest to anyone who appreciates Christmas Carols!

Tickets are £5 and can be purchased in advance via the Sutton Trinity website.

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Church of Scotland Online Advent Calendar

A new online advent calendar will bring the spirit of Christmas to life with 24 specially created videos made by Church of Scotland ministers.

The calendar will release a daily video from a unique collection whose tone ranges from the joyful to the spiritual.

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Most of the short videos were shot by the ministers themselves using their smartphones or hand-held cameras. Themes they've covered include hope, the desire for peace and God's love.

You can sign up for the calendar now, before it goes live on 1 December. Read more on the Church of Scotland website or on its Facebook page.


ArtServe online

Have you visited our website recently? You will find it has a new, updated look. Our Facebook and Twitter feeds are displayed on the homepage too. Let us know what you think and encourage your friends to follow us on social media.

If you use Facebook please encourage your friends to like our Facebook page.

If you are a Twitter user please follow @_ArtServe and retweet frequently!

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Have you joined yet?

ArtServe is a supportive, sharing community of like-minded people who are passionate about creativity and worship. If you are not already a member, do consider joining now.

Members will receive our next magazine (right) in early December, so join now to be sure of your copy. When you join we will also send you some other recent issues, and members can download copies of all earlier issues.

Membership costs £25 per year and entitles you to a discount of £15 when you book a place on our Festival Weekend.

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It's easy to join online. Go to becoming a member for full details.


Make use of e-news

Contributions for e-news should be sent to journal@artserve.org.uk. Please include a relevant website link or email contact. We cannot guarantee publication and reserve the right to edit contributions.

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Coming soon to Swanwick – ‘Theatre of Dreams’

There is still time to join us for our fantastic Festival weekend (16–18 October) led by Gerry Flanagan of Shifting Sands Theatre, shaped and designed by us the participants.

If you are not sure what to expect, you can find full details on our website, including the answers to ten key questions. We are sure all those who book places are in for an exciting adventure – learning about themselves, about God, and about how to tell the story of their faith in new and engaging ways.

There are discounts for groups and for young people. So do pass this on to people who would be interested, and of course come yourself and bring a friend or two. Call festival organiser, Damian Boddy on 07816 986424 or email festival@artserve.org.uk if you want to know more.

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For full details go to the festival page on our website or download the brochure. You can book online or by post (members, log in first to save entering your details).

We look forward to seeing you there.


Harvest – what does the Bible say?

Thursday 17 - Sunday 20 September
Emmanuel Church, Snellings Road, Hersham, KT12 5JG

This exhibition explores ideas and images about autumn fruitfulness and harvest. Free admission, with donations in aid of the Barnabas Fund.

Opening times:
Thursday 11.00 am – 2.00 pm
Friday 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Saturday 12.00 – 4.00 pm
Sunday 2.00 –­4.00 pm

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Art and heritage at Epworth Old Rectory

Epworth Old Rectory, 1 Rectory Street, Epworth, DN9 1HX
until Saturday 31 October

Epworth Old Rectory, the early home of John and Charles Wesley, is currently hosting an exhibition of selected works from the Methodist Modern Art Collection. Pictures are displayed in room contexts throughout the house.

Further details including opening times and admission charges are on the Old Rectory website.

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He doth us feed – a celebration of harvest music

Saturday 26 September 2015, 9.30 am - 4.45 pm
West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate

URC Music's annual celebration day this year is at West Park United Reformed Church, West Park, Harrogate, HG1 1BL, and takes the form of a musical celebration of harvest.

This is a day to learn, sing and enjoy some of the choral music of John Rutter, led by one of the region's most talented teachers and choral conductors, and to take away ideas and inspiration for celebrating God's wonderful gifts to us.

Workshop leaders: Marilynne J R Davies and the Revd John Campbell.

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Download the programme for the day

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Help us reach 500 Facebook ‘likes’ by Advent

... and follow us on Twitter

Have you explored ArtServe's Facebook page yet? You will find plenty to inspire you – from reflections on the day’s psalm or Gospel reading to information about upcoming events or links to other pages or sites you might find useful.

Well over 400 people already follow the page – can we hit 500 by the beginning of Advent?

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If you use Twitter please do follow our Twitter account and retweet us when appropriate. Social media is a great way to let others know about ArtServe and to encourage them in their worship too.

Please tweet us or email us if you have something you would like ArtServe to share via social media.

You don't have to be an active user of Facebook or Twitter to be able to read what we post. Both feeds also appear on our website.


'Gift' in the City of London

St Stephen Walbrook, London EC4N 8BN
Monday 28 September – Friday 8 October, weekdays 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

As a prelude to the traditional season of giving, artists showcase their own interpretations around the theme.

Classical, modern and contemporary art and architecture (including sculpture by ArtServe member Jean Lamb, featured right) combine beautifully at St Stephen Walbrook in the City of London, in this latest exhibition from commission4mission.

Artists exhibiting include Ally Ashworth, Hayley Bowen, Christopher Clack, Valerie Dean, Jonathan Evens, Rob Floyd, Maurizio Galia, John Gentry, Tim Harrold, Alan Hitching, David Millidge, Janet Roberts, Henry Shelton and Peter Webb.

Free admission.

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Faith through a lens

Photography competition

Could you capture an image that shows what faith means to people, or why it makes a difference to a community?

The Faith through a Lens photo competition has attractive prizes for the winner and their chosen church or charity. Entrants must be over 16 and resident in Britain.

There is still penty of time to enter this year's competition – the closing date is 12 October 2015.

Entries are posted online as they arrive, along with commentary by the photographer: browse the gallery.

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the connexion

the connexion is a new print magazine for the Methodist people. Issue 3, out recently, focuses on the arts.

It tells stories from all over the world of how the people called Methodist have found the arts in mission to be a fruitful way to engage people with the Gospel, and includes an article about ArtServe by one of our trustees, Damian Boddy – see page 20.

With puppets and pottery, fine art and friendship, this issue covers a range of creative outreach stories. It is hoped that many of them could be replicated in communities up and down the country.

the connexion is free and is available as a download from the Methodist Church website.

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John Scott commemoration

St Paul's Cathedral has announced arrangements to commmemorate John Scott, its former organist, following his tragic death in New York last month.

At choral evensong on Friday 9 October at 5.00 pm prayers of commendation will be offered, echoing his funeral service on Saturday 12 September at St Thomas Church, New York, where he was latterly Organist and Director of Music.

A memorial service to celebrate his life and work will take place at St Paul’s in 2016 on a date yet to be announced.

Read more on the Cathedral website.


Arts Centre Group

Arts Centre Group brings together Christians who are working professionally in the field of the arts: 'We exist to support, encourage, inspire and mentor each other as we seek to integrate our lives, faith and artistic endeavours.'

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Arts Centre Group is a non-denominational Christian organisation whose vision is to support artists in every arts discipline in integrating faith, life and artistic endeavour.

Unfortunately we are too late to tell you about ACG's Drama Awards 2015, but if you haven't come across the organisation before, now might be a good time to find out more and think about entering next year.


Time to join us!

Now is a great time to join ArtServe. Members recently received the latest issue of our magazine (right). If you join now you will not only receive the last three issues of our magazine (and be able to download copies of all the earlier issues), you will also get the member's discount of £15 if you book a place on our Festival Weekend.

The new magazine includes the first of Robin Walker's regular new music columns; Damian Boddy's experience of visiting the church in Kenya; Kit Harbottle on a modern mystery play; Constantina Wood on writing icons and praying through paint; how a film about the life of Saint Francis came to be made; and of course much more.

Read more about ArtServe magazine

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Our Facebook page is a lively forum. It's also a great way to introduce new people to the ArtServe community. Please encourage your friends to like the ArtServe page. You can also see our Facebook feed on our website.

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Follow @_ArtServe for all the latest news and pictures. Please retweet us to help us gain more followers. You can also read our Twitter feed on our website.


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ArtServe is ecumenical and welcomes members from all Christian churches. We are membership based and encourage your ideas and involvement. Members' subscriptions are our main source of income. We receive no grants or subsidies.

If you aren't a member why not join online now? Your subscription brings you our magazine (including online access to all previous issues) and full website access. You will also be helping to promote and support creative arts in worship. For full details go to becoming a member on our website.


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All the world’s a stage

And all the men and women merely players …

The ArtServe Festival Theatre of Dreams is taking shape. Bookings are coming in steadily so do read on, book for this event, bring your friends, it is going to be a great weekend for people of all ages and interests who want to explore encountering the transforming power of God in new and imaginative ways.

Readers of e-news will know that one of the key things ArtServe does is to think innovatively: to find new and different ways for people to encounter and engage with God through the arts.

Whether we think of ourselves as poets, painters, pianists, dancers, modellers, actors, or simply as listeners and viewers, this is all part of our persona, part of the different hats we wear in our daily lives. And because we have multiple personae, what better way could there be to explore how we relate to God and to the world than by having a weekend of exploration and discovery with a theatre director.

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That’s exactly what is happening at the ArtServe Festival this year at Swanwick from 16–18 October. Gerry Flanagan and friends from Shifting Sands Theatre will be working with us to release our imagination. We all have imagination and, by using play and fun, Gerry will get deep inside us to release what we are.

This is not a drama workshop. It is for everyone who has imagination, and that is simply everyone. There will be opportunity to bring your own skills as musician, dancer, writer, or simply your willingness to be led into new ways of focusing on God in your life.

Gerry is going to be using the format of the Mystery Plays, seen particularly in York and Chester, to help is to use our skills, our arts, our creativity (and yes, we all have some of that, however much or little). Gerry guarantees that it will be fun. The Festival Organiser has told him that if we don’t have fun, he won’t get paid!

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Yes, it’s different; yes, it’s a bit risky, but do we, should we, not take risks for God, who risked all for us? For those still nervous about signing up, there will be no compulsion to do anything. You will be drawn in to the mystery and imagination, but only at your pace.

There are discounts for groups and for young people. So do pass this on to people who would be interested, and of course come yourself and bring a friend or two.

For full details go to the festival page on our website or download the brochure. You can book online or by post (members please log in first to save entering your personal details).

Email the festival organiser Damian Boddy or phone him on 07816 986424 if you want to know any more.

We look forward to seeing you there.


ArtServe Sunday – 19th July

Why not focus on creative arts in worship in your church this month?

The idea of an ArtServe Sunday is to celebrate how creative arts can enhance our worship. Yes, there are lots of Sundays set aside for special purposes, yet hopefully there is room for acknowledging the contribution of musicians, choir, organist, flower arrangers, readers and everyone else who lifts our worship in any way.

 

This is also a good time to present ArtServe awards to those who have made a particular contribution.

You will find some ideas and resources in the members area of our website.

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Pat Rock

Patricia Rock, former membership secretary and treasurer for the Methodist Church Music Society, has died aged 83.

Pat was an enthusiastic musician and a long-standing member of MCMS and subsequently of ArtServe. She attended her first MCMS conference in 1959, was treasurer from 1990 to 1997, and continued to attend the annual weekends until her health made this too difficult.

She is remembered as a meticulous adminstrator, and as one who bore the physical difficulties that she faced with great good humour.

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OneSound in Northallerton

Saturday 25 July 2015, 7.30 pm
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP

You can hear OneSound live in concert at The Forum Northallerton. Tickets: £8 (under 16s free).

For tickets and information contact Phil Emison 07980 620597 or Crinda Wilson 07808 627964.

OneSound, formerly the MAYC Orchestra & Singers, is the UK’s leading Christian music ensemble for young people. They meet for residential weekends about four times each year at venues around the country.

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If you know Christian musicians (singers or instrumentalists) aged 16-26 who may be interested in joining this lively and friendly group, encourage them to contact OneSound (social media channels are likely to be most effective). For more details go to OneSound's Twitter profile or Facebook page.


‘Enlightenment’ and ‘The Power of Words’

Salisbury Cathedral until 6 September 2015

Squidsoup, an international group of artists whose work combines sounds, physical space and virtual worlds, have put together a stunning exhibition in Salisbury Cathedral.

‘Enlightenment’, in the Cathedral’s North Porch is an immersive piece inspired by the impact of Magna Carta.

In ‘The Power of Words’ the audience can transform the Morning Chapel using words from the text of Magna Carta, projected on its walls.

For further information, go to the Cathedral website and the Squidsoup site.

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He doth us feed – a celebration of harvest music

Saturday 26 September 2015, 9.30 am - 4.45 pm
West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate

URC Music's annual celebration day this year is at West Park United Reformed Church, West Park, Harrogate, HG1 1BL, and takes the form of a musical celebration of harvest.

This is a day to learn, sing and enjoy some of the choral music of John Rutter, led by one of the region's most talented teachers and choral conductors, and to take away ideas and inspiration for celebrating God's wonderful gifts to us.

Workshop leaders: Marilynne J R Davies and the Revd John Campbell.

Read more

Download the programme for the day

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Making the most of social media

We are continuing to develop our presence on social media. We have a very active following for our Facebook page – over 380 likes to date, and our aim is to reach 500 by Advent!

If you haven't explored our page yet, please do take a look. We try to post at least once a day – from reflections on the day’s psalm or Gospel reading to information about upcoming events or links to other pages or sites you might find useful. If you haven’t liked our page yet, please do so – and tell your friends about us too!

If you use Twitter please follow @_ArtServe and retweet us when you can. Twitter is one of the best ways for us to reach new audiences through the power of retweeting.

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Please also Tweet us or email us with anything you would like us to post.

You don't even have to use Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date. Everything we post on social media appears on our website Facebook feed and Twitter feed.


Have you joined yet?

ArtServe is a supportive sharing community of like-minded people who are passionate about creativity and worship. If you are not already a member, do consider joining now.

The subscription year runs from the beginning of September until the end of August, but if you join now you will get the weeks between now and the end of August free. You will also get the members’ discount of £15 if you book a place on our Festival Weekend!

It's easy to join online. Your subscription brings you ArtServe magazine including online access to all previous issues. The next issue is due out in August.

Go to becoming a member for full details.

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Theatre of Stories

The Mysteries, Music, and ’Magination

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October 2015
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU

Bookings are already coming in for our Annual Festival Weekend, so make sure you don’t miss out. The weekend promises to be really exciting, as members of Shifting Sands Theatre lead us through ways in which we can explore and share the story of our faith.

For full details go to the festival page on our website and download the brochure or go straight to the Festival downloads page.

You can book online or by post (you can book online even if you are paying by cheque). Members, please log in first to save having to enter your personal details.

You can pay by direct bank transfer or by cheque, and you can pay your deposit by PayPal, using a debit/credit card. To do this, complete the online booking form in the normal way and follow the instructions.

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Remembering Margaret

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death, on 13 April, of our friend and colleague Margaret Higson.

Margaret was a long-standing MCMS and ArtServe member. She was our Pastoral Secretary, organising the prayer circle and coordinating all the administration for the ArtServe Long Service Awards.

Read more about Margaret, including a personal tribute from Marion Saunders and a report of her thanksgiving service by John Bailey.

A full tribute will be published in the next issue of ArtServe. Let us know if you have any special memories of her you would like to share.

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Art & Faith

Monday 18 May, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm
The Royal Foundation of St Katharine, London, E14 8DS

Poets, painters, musicians, sculptors, dancers, artists, storytellers …

If you are passionate about the arts, then you might enjoy this day of reflection and networking organised by the London Methodist District.

The Revd Ric Stott will speak on the Theology of Curation. Other speakers include singer/songwriter Peter Moreton.

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If you would like to attend please email [email protected] /* */ as soon as possible as places are limited. There is no charge for the day.

Read more on the London District website.


Discover & Explore

St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London, EC4N 8BN

Welcome to a new series of musical discovery services exploring themes such as beauty, faith, imagination and love, on Mondays at 1.10 pm, from 15 June to 27 July.

Led by the vicar of St Stephen Walbrook, Jonathan Evens, with help from the choral scholars of St Martin-in-the-Fields and inspired by pictures at the Guildhall Art Gallery, these services will give a new perspective on the familiar.

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Read more by downloading St Stephen's summer newsletter.


‘The Life of Christ’ at Wintershall

Tuesday 23 June to Sunday 28 June
Wintershall Estate, Bramley, Guildford, GU5 0LR

ArtServe members will have read about the Wintershall plays in last Summer’s edition of our magazine. Once again, there is an opportunity to experience this wonderful retelling of the Gospel story. Performances are from Tuesday 23 to Sunday 28 June starting at 10.00 am.

Read more on the Wintershall Estate website.

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Making music: exciting new courses from the RSCM

New courses from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) include training for ordained and lay ministers who land themselves with responsibility for the music in church worship. Courses for church musicians of all ages and abilities, including choristers, organists and worship-band instrumentalists are offered throughout the UK during the coming year.

Read more on the RSCM website, including booking details and terms & conditions.


Using the ArtServe website

ArtServe is a creative and sharing community of people who are passionate about worship. We aim to inspire each other and learn from each other.

With this in mind, we are developing a bank of work on our website. Please do explore this and use members’ material if it helps you either when you are leading public worship or on more quiet moments alone.

Recent additions to the website include poems, meditations and a drama sketch for the Easter season. You can also find information about using puppets in church, and a longer version of the article about the making of the Tree of Life mosaic in Orpington, as well as reviews of books and other resources.

We would love it if more of our members would join us in contributing to this bank of material. Please contact Jacqui or Richenda if you have anything you would be willing to share.

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Making the most of social media

Our Facebook page now has a very active following – over 350 Likes to date. Our aim is to reach 500 by Advent! If you haven't explored our page yet please do take a look.

We try to put up at least one post a day – from reflections on the day’s psalm or Gospel reading to information about upcoming events or links to other pages or sites you might find useful. If you haven’t liked our page, please do so – and invite your friends to do likewise!

We also have a Twitter account but sadly we have not yet found anyone to take over from Grace to keep it fully up to date. If you would be interested in tweeting for ArtServe, of if you know someone who might be, do put them in touch with us.

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You can follow everything we post on Facebook and Twitter via our own website, both on the home page and on a dedicated social media page. You don't have to register with Facebook or Twitter to read our social media feeds.


Members’ voices, views and news

The Summer issue of ArtServe magazine is being prepared now, so if you have any contributions please contact Richenda at [email protected] /* */ as soon as possible.

Ideas for feature articles are always welcome, but so are short items for the members’ page which we hope you will claim as a forum for discussion.

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ArtServe Festival 2015

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Our main event of the year is the October festival weekend. Details of the 2015 festival have been announced and you can now book your place.


Theatre of Stories

The Mysteries, Music, and ’Magination

Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October 2015
The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU

The Christian story has been called ‘the greatest story ever told’. Over the weekend, we will enter fully into that story to learn and experience its drama, music, involvement – and humour!

We are calling on Shifting Sands Theatre to guide us, using theatre to communicate our faith and the Christian story. We will use lots of music, language and movement, in fact any ways which allow us all to contribute and co-operate freely.

Following the tradition of medieval mystery plays, we will draw on street theatre, using vernacular language, taking risks, working instinctively, using our whole selves – bringing alive our faith in simplicity and openness, the building blocks of creative art.

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This is a weekend for everyone, not just for drama buffs, everyone who wants to learn how to communicate our faith as completely and colourfully as we can. This will be about releasing your artistic gifts, music, visual arts, tactile arts, dance, or whatever is within you.

For full details, including costs, go to the festival page on our website and download the brochure. The brochure also forms part of issue ten of ArtServe magazine, which members received just before Easter. Or go straight to the Festival downloads page.


How to book

You can book online or by post, and you can book online even if you are paying by cheque. Members, please log in first to save having to enter your personal details.

You can pay by direct bank transfer or by cheque. This year we are also offering the option of paying your deposit by PayPal, using a debit/credit card or PayPal account. To do this, complete the online booking form in the normal way, then on the booking confirmation screen there is a PayPal button for making the payment.


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ArtServe membership

ArtServe is ecumenical and welcomes members from all Christian churches. We are membership based and encourage your ideas and involvement. Members' subscriptions are our main source of income. We receive no grants or subsidies.

If you aren't a member why not join online now? Your subscription brings you our magazine (including online access to all previous issues) and full website access. You will also be helping to promote and support creative arts in worship. For full details go to becoming a member on our website.


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Keeping a joyful Lent

Lent comes from an old English word for spring, and it is indeed a time for spring cleaning our souls.

Email journal@artserve.org.uk and keep the conversations going! Don't forget to keep a regular eye on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed: use them to let us know what's happening in your part of the world.

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Mystery in October

Plans are developing fast for our Annual Festival Weekend. Come and join us at The Hayes, Swanwick, from 16–18 October.

This will be a chance to share ideas and inspiration, and to try out new ways of being creative in a safe environment before taking them back to your home churches. We will have full details of the programme and how to book in the next magazine.

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The Cambridge Passion

When Jesus, a Jewish Rabbi from Nazareth, enters Jerusalem at the start of the week in which Passover will be celebrated, world changing events are set in motion …

A Passion Play, organised as a mission initiative by Westcott House in Cambridge will be performed at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge, at 7.30 pm on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March.

Read more, book tickets, or listen to a condensed version of the Cambridge Passion as heard on BBC Radion Cambridgeshire.

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Do you sing your faith?

Last month, 136 people gathered in Cambridge to explore the riches of Singing the Faith, the new Methodist hymn book.

Organist and choral director Robin Walker led a series of workshops with themes: ‘Finding and trying new music’, ‘Introducing new music to your church’ and ‘Being creative and having fun’.

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The day was hugely enjoyable, and you can read a full report in the Spring issue of ArtServe magazine. If you are interested in hosting a similar event in your district, contact Robin Walker at info@theorganist.co.uk or on 07956 338750.


The Labyrinth and beyond

Each year, in the ten days preceding Easter Day, Malmesbury Abbey hosts its Holy Week Festival. There are many things that you might expect: a daily rhythm of prayer at 9.00 am, an outdoor Palm Sunday service, devotional services centred on the cross on Good Friday and joyous celebrations of the resurrection on Easter Day.

But the Abbey also hosts jazz, blues, drama, scientific debate, comedy, poetry, classical music, café church and a Stations of the Cross Art Exhibition created by A-level students at Malmesbury School.

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This year the festival begins on Tuesday 24 March with The Garden Labyrinth, a circular maze-like journey on the floor of the Abbey which takes us from the Garden of Eden to the Garden of Gethsemane to the Tree of Life in the new heavens and the new earth.

Read full details on the Malmesbury Abbey website – a brochure will be available to download shortly.


Stations of the Holocaust

The Revd Jean Lamb is a painter and sculptor, and a member of ArtServe. An exhibition of her work is currently on display at Coventry Cathedral until Good Friday, 3 April.

Stations of the Holocaust is an exhibition of hand carved and painted sculptures on the theme of Jesus’ last hours juxtaposed with scenes of the Jewish Holocaust.

Download the Cathedral's press release which has background information about the artist and the artwork on display.

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Opportunities for young Christians

Tearfund have amazing two week creative trips, four week trips and ten week government-funded placements available this summer. If any young people in your church are at a loose end this summer, let them know about this chance to volunteer in a range of countries from Brazil, Thailand, Malawi, India and South Africa. It's an experience that will make a difference in a community as well as in the volunteers themselves. Read more


Making music: exciting new courses from the RSCM

New courses for 2015 from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) include training for ordained and lay ministers who land themselves with responsibility for the music in church worship. The RSCM also offers courses throughout the UK for church musicians of all ages and abilities, including choristers, organists and worship-band instrumentalists.

Some courses taking place in the next few months:

14 March, London: training day for music group players and leaders.

7–9 April, Birmingham: Church organists’ course.

18 April, London: Lift up your Voice provides worship leaders with ideas for when accompaniment is not available and voices are few.

14–16 April, Salisbury: Strengthen for Service is for ministers and lay worship leaders keen to develop their understanding and knowledge of music in worship.

16 May, Conistone, North Yorkshire: Lift up your Voice provides worship leaders with ideas for when accompaniment is not available and voices are few.

25–27 May, Whitby: Spring Course for Young People – three days of intensive training for young singers.

Full details including how to book are on the RSCM website.


Members’ voices, views and news

The Spring issue of ArtServe magazine is being prepared throughout February, so if you have any contributions please email Richenda at journal@artserve.org.uk as soon as possible.

Ideas for feature articles are always welcome, but so are short items for the members’ page which we hope you will claim as a forum for discussion. The magazine is due to reach members around Easter.

If you aren't yet a member of ArtServe join now and we will send you recent back numbers of the magazine.

Members can also download previous issues.

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Singing is fun!

Join ArtServe members Barbara and Geoffrey Todd for a week of singing, 12–17 April at Christian Guild's Willersley Castle Hotel, Cromford, Matlock, DE4 5JH.

Participants will be learning Roger Jones's Apostle and Annie Routley from Roger’s team will lead a workshop day. There will be daily rehearsals along with a balance of free time and musical evening activities.

Half board is available at Willersley Castle, which also benefits from a heated swimming pool.

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For further details please email Barbara and Geoff at gandb@thetoddhouse.org.uk or phone them on 01626 777110.


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Follow @_ArtServe for all the latest news and pictures. Please retweet items of interest to help us gain more followers. You can also read our Twitter feed on our website.


ArtServe membership

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If you aren't a member why not join online now? Your subscription brings you our magazine (including online access to all previous issues) and full website access. You will also be helping to promote and support creative arts in worship. For full details go to becoming a member on our website.


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Happy New Year from ArtServe

We hope you all had a joyous Advent, a wonderful Christmas and an inspiring Epiphany season.

There is so much to enjoy, and such scope for creativity in worship throughout the Church’s year and active participation is something ArtServe is keen to encourage.

Do share your thoughts and experiences with other ArtServe members and friends – on our Facebook page or on Twitter, via the website or magazine, or with us in person at our Festival Weekend or another event.

Email us at journal@artserve.org.uk and keep the conversations going!

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See you in October!

Plans are developing fast for our Annual Festival Weekend. Come and join us at The Hayes, Swanwick, from 16–18 October.

This will be a chance to share ideas and inspiration, and to try out new ways of being creative in a safe environment before taking them back to your home churches. We will have full details of the programme and how to book in the next e-news.

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Star of wonder, star of light …

The festive light installation Star of Bethleham at Salisbury Cathedral by artist Bruce Munro features a Morse code translation of Matthew 2,1-12. The text is communicated in pulses of light, projected onto the Living Water font and spilling onto the floor. This amazing artwork is on view until 4 February.

Read more on the Salisbury Cathedral website where there are photos and a video (which is worth a look if only for a close-up of the remarkable Living Water font by sculptor William Pye).

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Rob Newton and Singing the Faith

Singing the Faith Plus is a great resource, bringing together news and updates, ideas for fresh approaches to traditional hymns as well as entirely new ones, and suggestions for worship on specific dates and times.

To get lectionary-related hymn suggestions click on the Sunday concerned on the calendar at the top right of each screen.

The main focus of StF+ is on hymns but it also has a strong commitment to contemporary worship leading. This is reflected in the growing number of chord sheets available, and three new resources including reflections on the role of contemporary worship music by ArtServe’s Rob Newton. Read more

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Download Rob Newton's article Demystifying the role of contemporary worship music which has recently been revised.


Heaven and Earth at Wrexham

Works from the Methodist Modern Art Collection are currently on view in Wrexham until to 26 March. This is a joint initiative between Glendwr University and Wrexham Methodist Church and is supported by a full programme of talks and other activities.

Read more on the Wrexham Methodist Church website.

Download the programme which includes full details of all events.

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Inheritance – a passion play for Lent

On a dusty road leading to Jerusalem, a woman stumbles towards her judgement. Just weeks later, Jesus will take the same road, leading to the cross …

Inheritance weaves the strands of the biblical Passion into a dramatic new narrative. It evokes the community where Jesus lived, the people who knew him best, the powers that brought him to execution.

The latest play from Riding Lights Theatre Company will be touring from 26 February throughout Lent.

Read more on the Riding Lights website, including full details of tour dates and venues.

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Singing is fun!

Join ArtServe members Barbara and Geoffrey Todd for a week of singing, 12–17 April at Christian Guild's Willersley Castle Hotel, Cromford, Matlock, DE4 5JH.

Participants will be learning Roger Jones's Apostle and Annie Routley from Roger’s team will lead a workshop day. There will be daily rehearsals along with a balance of free time and musical evening activities.

Half board is available at Willersley Castle, which also benefits from a heated swimming pool.

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For further details please email Barbara and Geoff at gandb@thetoddhouse.org.uk or phone them on 01626 777110.


Members’ voices, views and news

The Spring issue of ArtServe magazine is being prepared throughout February, so if you have any contributions please email Richenda at journal@artserve.org.uk as soon as possible.

Ideas for feature articles are always welcome, but so are short items for the members’ page which we hope you will claim as a forum for discussion. The magazine is due to reach members around the end of March.

If you aren't yet a member of ArtServe join now and we will send you recent back numbers. Members can also download previous issues.

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Making music: new courses from the RSCM

New courses for 2015 from the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) include training for ordained and lay ministers who land themselves with responsibility for the music in church worship. The RSCM also offers courses throughout the UK for church musicians of all ages and abilities, including choristers, organists and worship-band instrumentalists.

Some courses taking place in the next few months:

16–17 February, Newcastle: O be Joyful! is a new two-day non-residential course for young choristers.

6–8 March, Truro: Singing Break for Adults. Similar events in other parts of the country are planned for later in the year.

14 March, London: training day for music group players and leaders.

7–9 April, Birmingham: Church organists’ course.

14–16 April, Salisbury: Strengthen for Service is for ministers and lay worship leaders keen to develop their understanding and knowledge of music in worship.

16 May, North Yorkshire: Lift up your Voice provides worship leaders with ideas for when accompaniment is not available and voices are few.

Full details including how to book are on the RSCM website.


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A great Festival weekend!

Although we would have liked more people to experience it with us, Life as we know it? was a wonderfully inspiring weekend.

There was a lot of music this year – from astonishingly tuneful steel pans, to the hauntingly beautiful soundscapes of Andrew Cronshaw and friends, by way of a fascinating exploration of music and transcendence with the help of Professor John Wilks and the sound of composer John Adams. Claire Watts helped us to think in ways that were visual and ‘hands on’, and we all worked together in small groups to prepare our final worship.

At the AGM, Festival organiser David Grimwood was elected to be the new chair of ArtServe with immediate effect. The picture shows him presiding at our Festival communion. You can also see the beautiful fused glass cross made by Micky Youngson.

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Go to our photo gallery for all the festival pictures.


Next year’s Festival

16–18 October 2015
at The Hayes, Swanwick

We will be drawing on the feedback from this year’s Festival, especially the answers to the Café Consultation exercise, as we plan next year’s weekend. It’s sure to be a lot of fun – put the date in your diary now.

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Fantastic Acts and extraordinary stories

In this new play from Riding Lights Theatre Company, Julia needs some space. Away from constant pressure and the whirlwind of work – the Mediterranean, perhaps?

What she discovers goes way beyond ‘switching off’. Extraordinary stories, random acts of kindness, blindness and divineness … a bucketload of questions. Can the unsettling power and people of the book of Acts help her find what she’s looking for?

In classic Riding Lights style – with laughter, insight, vivid story-telling and surprising energy for a holiday in the sun – Fantastic Acts! invites you to take an invigorating dip into the remarkable lives of the men and women who formed the first churches.

Fantastic Acts! is touring the UK until 29 November. Read more

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Poppies for Peace

The installation of 888,246 ceramic poppies around the Tower of London has been a dramatic reminder of the First World War, and a moving tribute to the young men who lost their lives in the conflict.

It will remain in place until Armistice Day – 11 November – so there is just time to see it if you haven’t done so already.

We would be interested to hear whether any of our members and friends have used photos of the poppies in Remembrance Day services or related events.

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Thanks to Jon Miller for this photo


Remembering with Faith & Image

With the theme of remembrance still with us, you might be interested in a guided visit to the Imperial War Museum ‘WW1 Art Exhibition and War Poetry’ with Peter Webb, Mark Lewis and Jane Cooper of commission4mission on Saturday 22 November.

If you want to join this visit please email c4m to arrange a meeting time at the museum.

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This event is part of Faith & Image organised by St Mary's Church, Woodford. Faith & Image is open to all who have any form of interest in the arts and the visual. It is broad and interfaith and follows the simple format of a talk and a visit to a related exhibition or place of interest.


OneSound in Cambridge

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OneSound, formerly the MAYC Orchestra & Singers, and the UK’s leading Christian music ensemble for young people, are holding workshops and taster sessions, with the opportunity to audition, at Wesley Methodist Church, Cambridge on Saturday 29 November 2014, and at Northallerton Methodist Church, on Saturday 4 July 2015.

The Cambridge taster session is followed by a Seasonal Spectacular concert at the same venue on Saturday 3 January 2015 at 7.30 pm. Download a poster

Future concert weekends:

  • Bloxwich Methodist Church, 9-12 April 2015
  • Northallerton Methodist Church, 23-26 July 2015

OneSound is looking to appoint a Volunteer Coordinator to assist with the development of their volunteer team. The closing date for applications is Friday 14 November 2014.

Read more on OneSound's website.

For more details about all OneSound activities contact them by email or go to their Twitter feed or Facebook page.

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The Wintershall Nativity in Surrey and London

If you are a member of ArtServe, you will have read about the Wintershall plays in the Summer/Autumn issue of the magazine. December brings another opportunity to experience them. For the second year running, the Wintershall Nativity will be performed in two venues.

On Wednesday 17 December, the Piazza at BBC Broadcasting House will be used for the arrival of Mary and Joseph, shepherds, sheep and angels, with professional musicians, before the audience follows the play into All Souls Langham Place.

Then, from Thursday 18 to Sunday 21 December the Nativity will be performed at the Wintershall Estate at Bramley near Godalming.

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There are further details on the Wintershall Estate website, where you can also download a flyer or a booking form. There is a 5% early bird discount on all tickets booked online before 20 November.


Using your creative gifts overseas

Tearfund is looking for individuals who want to take their gifts of art, music, dance – whatever it may be – and run workshops overseas to complement the work of its local partners. But it doesn't end there! Tearfund wants you to bring back all you've seen and learnt and speak out on behalf of the friends you made, through an exhibition in central London. The next trip dates are:

  • Malawi (Easter): 19 March – 2 April 2015 (application deadline: 31 December)
  • Tanzania (Summer): 3–17 August 2015 (application deadline: 1 March)

Read more including a video about this year's creative exhibition.


Wisdom, Weaving, Walking

Monday 24 November - Friday 28 November 2014
Scargill House, Kettlewell, Skpton, BD23 5HU

Scargill House provides a Christian holiday, conference and retreat centre in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales.

Be inspired by God’s Word in the book of Proverbs, by colours, landscape, sheep and history in the Dales. Each day will start with teaching followed by opportunities to walk and/or weave your way through the week. No previous experience of weaving is required as you will be introduced to this fascinating, simple and ancient craft.

Walks will be optional and of varying lengths. We’ll see God’s picture emerge as we weave together the threads of our lives.

This event is led by ArtServe members Claire and Brian Watts. Further information and booking details are on the Scargill Movement website.

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Modern art - enemy or friend of religious art?

Trinity Church, Sutton (SW London) presents an Advent lecture by the Rt Revd Prof Baron Richard Harries of Pentregarth (well known as the former Bishop of Oxford) on Tuesday 2 December 2014 at 7.30 pm. Light suppers are available from 6.00 pm.

The lecture is based on Lord Harries' recent book The Image of Christ in Modern Art (2013). The Revd Dr David Dickinson, minister of Trinity Church writes: 'If you are suspicious of modern art, the lecture will allay your suspicions … it will be about God in art and you will be drawn closer to God.'

Tickets are £5 each and can be purchased online via the Trinity Church website.

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Life as we know it?

ArtServe annual festival 2014
Friday 17 October - Sunday 19 October 2014
High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon

This year, we are doing something a little different at our annual festival weekend.

It is always enjoyable to share faith and creativity with likeminded people, but the challenge remains – how do you carry what you have learned over the weekend back to your own churches, or – even more of a challenge – to the world outside the church door? We have found that this issue is a difficult one for many, so at this year’s festival we will be tackling it head on.

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Life as we know it? will explore ways of talking about God to a wider audience, and encourage the sharing of insights and inspiration that can be used in real-life situations. We have some wonderful speakers and musicians, and a carefully chosen team of facilitators, to help ensure that the weekend is not an end in itself, but the beginning of an exciting new way of integrating our faith into everyday life.

Full details are on our website including the online booking form. ArtServe members can claim a discount for introducing a newcomer to this event.


Our latest magazine

The Summer/Autumn issue of ArtServe magazine is now out. Articles include:

  • Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith on writing a good hymn
  • Peter Hutley from the Wintershall Estate on spreading the Gospel through drama
  • Grace Thomas on using creative worship with young people
  • Becky Fisher on Godly play as a response to storytelling
  • Richenda Milton-Daws on revisiting Chartres Cathedral
  • The winner of the John Reilly Creative Writing Competition.

If you are an ArtServe member and haven't received your copy please let us know. If you aren't yet a member, join now and we will send you this issue and recent back numbers (while stocks last). Members can also download previous issues.

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Arts Centre Group drama competition

Arts Centre Group brings together Christians who are working professionally in the field of the arts. ACG is running a playwriting competition with awards for innovative and creative play scripts, 40 to 50 minutes in length. There is no fixed subject but it should in some way reflect the human condition. The two awards are:

  • The Julian Battersby Award for young playwrights under the age of 30. Prize £300.
  • The Jasperian Drama Award for playwrights from any age. Prize £100.

It is intended that the winning plays will be showcased in part or in whole by professional actors. Entry fee £10 per text. The deadline is 15 September.

Download an application form


Art at St Stephen Walbrook

The next commission4mission exhibition is entitled ‘Presence’ and will be held at St Stephen Walbrook, London, EC4N 8BN, from Monday 29 September to Friday 17 October, 10.00 am - 4.00 pm (closed on Sundays). The official opening, private view and commission4mission's AGM will be on Monday 29 September, 6.30 - 9.00 pm, with Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, as guest speaker. All are welcome.

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In addition to the exciting and varied work of commission4mission artists, visitors to the exhibition can view the splendour of this Christopher Wren designed building with its altar by Henry Moore and kneelers by Patrick Heron. For more information go to commission4mission or phone 020 8599 2170.


Dance with Living Colour

Saturday 13th September, 10.00 am - 4.30 pm
Soul Survivor Watford, Warehouse 5, Greycaine Road, WD24 7GP

If you love dance, then come to Sharing a Passion, Generating Creativity. Come and move, meet some new people and have fellowship together.

We'll be looking at some of these questions throughout the day: what is creativity and how can you share it? how can you share, deliver, and plan dance worship sessions and presentations across different ages? how can you incorporate different art forms, props? No experience is necessary, just a passion for worship and a curiosity about movement!

Read more including how to book.

Download a flyer

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Art as praise

Kate Austin of ChristArt is an ArtServe member who runs Paint and Pray workshops as well as producing her own artwork. One of her paintings forms the header to this newsletter.

Kate will be displaying her paintings with verses at the W.I.N.G.S Fathering a Nation conference in Bridlington, from Thursday 30 October until Saturday 1 November. For the first time she will also have newly painted originals for sale.

Read more on the W.I.N.G.S website.

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Wisdom, Weaving, Walking

Monday 24 November - Friday 28 November 2014
Scargill House, Kettlewell, Skpton, BD23 5HU

Scargill House provides a Christian holiday, conference and retreat centre in the spectacular Yorkshire Dales.

Be inspired by God’s Word in the book of Proverbs, by colours, landscape, sheep and history in the Dales. Each day will start with teaching followed by opportunities to walk and/or weave your way through the week. No previous experience of weaving is required as you will be introduced to this fascinating, simple and ancient craft.

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Walks will be optional and of varying lengths. We’ll see God’s picture emerge as we weave together the threads of our lives.

This event is led by ArtServe members Claire and Brian Watts. Further information and booking details are on the Scargill House website.


Help with the cost of hymn books

Is your church aware that grants are available for the purchase of certain hymn books and service books from Hymns Ancient & Modern and Canterbury Press?

The grant, to the value of 25%, is given in free books. So for example, if you order 100 copies you pay for only 75. The grant is subject to a minimum of 20 copies (in any combination of editions).

Hymn books covered by the scheme include Singing the Faith, Common Praise, the new Ancient and Modern, and the New English Hymnal.

Full details and application form are on the Canterbury Press website.

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On the website

Organising a creative day
Some tips on organising one day events drawing on ArtServe's growing experience.

The Testament of Mary
Dudley Coates reviews the stage version of the Man Booker shortlisted novel.


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ArtServe membership

ArtServe is ecumenical and welcomes members from all Christian churches. We are membership based and encourage your ideas and involvement. Members' subscriptions are our main source of income. We receive no grants or subsidies.

If you aren't a member why not join online now? Your subscription brings you our magazine (including online access to all previous issues) and full website access. You will also be helping to promote and support creative arts in worship. For full details go to becoming a member on our website.


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ArtServe is the operating name of Methodist Arts Limited, a company limited by guarantee
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