March Gathering at St Nicks – photos
We gathered at St Nicks to work alongside artist Maggie Hitchman. Maggie shared some music, photographs, words and paintings and asked us to join her in a creative exploration of the space around us.
Mike Richardson writes:
We gathered together an ensemble of artists, poets, thinkers, sculptors, actors, observers and generally interested folk to understand how we might better use the giftings with which we have been entrusted. It’s an interesting word ‘trust’. Amy Carmichael in her book “Thou Givest ..They Gather” proposes that the root meaning to the word is “to lean on”. That also put me in mind of a line from a Paul Simon song “My Little Town” where God (he) “used to lean upon me as I pledged allegiance…” In entrusting various gifts to each one of us God is “leaning on” us, trusting us to produce fruit.
Well what a fruitful evening, a veritable bowl of offerings, led by Maggie Hitchman as we allowed God to squeeze out of us creative juices inspired by four pieces of carefully chosen music. The result was some amazing and interesting perspectives that revealed to each who participated that the secret place where we can discover fresh streams to inspire and irrigate our lives is not too far beneath the surface. St Nick’s was, for a moment in time, such a place. Perhaps as we look forward to the Jubilee exhibition in a few months (May 29th – 2nd June) we will find more of these wadis opening up as others are invited to sacred spaces to pause for thought on the great theme of redemption that is Jubilee.