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Prospect Wood / Saturday 8th June

The next Grace is in Prospect Wood (in Sussex). We will leave Ealing by car around 9am and get back around 5pm. There will not be an evening service at St. Mary's.

If you would like to come please email us a.s.a.p. so we can give you more info and organise lift shares and so on. All welcome but please don’t leave it until the last minute. The email is freshinfo@freshworship.org


Spirit / Saturday 11th May

The Holy Spirit is active in the world! Please bring something - some kind of object - that represents where you sense the Spirit in action - art, poetry, society, in the margins, in the garden... and share what you see with us.

Cafe afterwards, all welcome.


Resurrection / Saturday 13th April

Sometimes we think it must have been easier to accept the Resurrection closer to the event. That wasn't the case for Thomas - how can his doubt help us?

Cafe afterwards as usual, all welcome.


In the archive - a year of movies

The services archive has been updated with photos for 2007, 2008 and the first service of 2009. This period also includes movies of the services, starting with Nine in December 2007 and ending with Journeying in January 2009.

The first movies - Nine, Elijah - are low resolution, maybe shot on a phone. It was 2007-08, when some phones had just got to the point of shooting acceptable movies. Even so they struggled with the low light of Grace services. The quality improved considerably for Lunch not included, Wounded in all the right places, and Contamination - probably using a proper camera.

Biggest regret - no footage of Ed smashing the pinata in Clean. Not even a still photo from anybody!


Creativity / Saturday 9th March

When we revisited our ethos last autumn, 'creative' emerged as the most important word to describe Grace. The ethos says:

We value human creativity as a gift from God. We believe that everyone is creative, because they are made in the image of God who creates.

Creativity is about being able to put stuff together in new ways, which is something that all humans can do. Please join us for a service - and a cafe - where we put this idea into practice.

Our ethos also says:

Risk is a part of creativity.

We hope as many of you as possible can be there. It literally won't happen without you!


Ambient prayer / Saturday 10th February

February’s Grace will be the second ‘ambient prayer’.

The first one is already in the archive - this one will be similar in format but with different images, movie, playlist, prayers. The intention is develop a series with a repeating form but different flavours of prayer.

Followed by the café.


Updated archive with photos

The services and events pages of the archive are being updated with photos, in a section at the bottom of each page. At the moment the photos have been added up to the end of 2006, with more ongoing, and the services since last September also have photos.

The photos begin in May 1998 when Steve bought a camera and started to take them. There are many photos that haven't been published previously - maybe the minor services, or the photos that aren’t the striking images used for publicity but which are still a record of an event. Sometimes there are nice photos but no record of what was actually going on! Or no photos of what must surely have been a good-looking service.

The archive has also been expanded with additional material from the early years. Several missing services have been added, and things like Shed Obscura and the Grace ethos weekend in 2005 get their own pages. There are still gaps - we didn’t have an official archive until the new database website of 2006.

Before 2006 we didn't have flyers for each event, just the printed ones, annual or quarterly. They have been added to the service pages. Sometimes they're the only image or source of information!


Ambient prayer / Saturday 13th January

January and February’s Grace are ‘ambient prayer’.

Expect something minimal - ambient music, low light in the dark of winter, an image to ponder, space to breathe, a candle, silence, a few guiding thoughts for prayer.

Followed by a café.


Christmas labyrinth / Saturday 9th December

Join us for a meditative and prayerful Christmas labyrinth, a peaceful evening before the hectic part of the season gets going.

When we first did labyrinths in the 1990s, there was a four-part structure about our relationships with God, Self, Others and Planet, with the labyrinth itself being about God and the other three as stations. Given current situations this structure seems very relevant.

There will be mulled wine and mince pies in the cafe afterwards.


30 / Heaven Exists

For our 30th birthday Lynda commissioned an astonishing cake, called 'Heaven Exists', made by Nastassja at The Indulgent Sugar Plum. Here she is giving a short explanation of the cake (she did a longer one in the service). It was an apple cake (referencing Adam and Eve!) covered with dark and white chocolate, with edible 'angel feathers' and integrated lighting.

Grace 30th birthday cake

30 / Saturday 11th November

11th November is Grace's 30th birthday service - to mark the occasion we will be meeting around a table for a service of Communion by Numbers. Meeting around a table has been a large part of the Grace experience and sitting at a table with food and conversation we meet our companions, ourselves and sometimes God.

We'd love to see old friends and new around the table on 11th November - there will be food, drinks and music. It would be great to know if you plan to join us.


Grace2 / Saturday 14th October

In 2005 at a Grace weekend we came up with an ethos (long and short list) to sum up our values and to be a touchpoint for us in the years ahead - a reminder of what we hope to do and be as Grace.

In the run-up to our 30th anniversary in November, we thought it would be good to revisit the ethos - does it still work for us? We have changed, the times have changed, does our ethos need to change, in order to represent and guide us now and in the future?

This will be a cafe-format evening - please bring food and drink to share.


Grace / Saturday 9th September

Yes September's Grace is about grace! Strange to think we last did this theme in 2001...

What does grace (not Grace!) mean for you? Please bring something about your experiences of grace, to share with us - it could be a reflection, music, ritual, story, poem, image...

Cafe after as usual - please be gracious and bring some food and drink to share :)

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