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Grace in September and October

Grace is unable to meet at St Mary’s in Sept and Oct due to building work and the wider church having a Church weekend . Over those two months while we are homeless we will be exploring the theme of home!

September 14th: Home: Photo exhibition at the Rickyard in Walpole Park

photo exhibition flyer

This is part of the Borough of Ealing Art Trail. See the above flyer for details. Jonny and Richard both have photos in the show. Jonny is giving a talk at 4pm on 14 September open to the public.

So we suggest:

  • Going to the talk at 4pm - it is called ‘Longing for home’ and an explanation is below.
  • Have a look at the exhibition after that - say between 5-5:30.
  • At around 6pm we will walk to Mike and Jill’s, 51 Green Avenue, which is fairly close by for food and drink. Please bring something to contribute by way of food and drink.

Longing for home:

For some of us we take home for granted as somewhere we can return to. But for others in the world conflict or occupation has meant they have had to flee and are unable to return home. Meanwhile they make home in a new place but still have memories of home from their homeland and a longing or an ache for it. Many Palestinians who have been exiled from their homes carry a key to remember home and as a sign of their longing. Hear stories of home, exile and longing. It will be facilitated by Jonny Baker who has a photo in the exhibition ‘The Key’.

October 12th: Home: Planet Earth - climate emergency day of action

October 12 is going to be the middle of two weeks action in London around the climate emergency. We don’t yet have details but it was clear at Greenbelt that Extinction Rebellion will be highly active. They are a movement committed to non violent protest - see rebellion.earth and there is an Ealing group.

So following the theme of ‘Home’ in September we will consider Home: Planet Earth by getting involved in whatever is happening in the day for those that can or want to. And in the evening we will gather for a meal at Richard and Sue’s - 23 Disraeli Rd and perhaps some reflections or lament or prayer for our world.

If anyone is concerned about the protest very few protesters are ‘arrestibles’ - i.e. those involved in direct non violent action. But there are plenty of people needed to be there. There will be one bridge dedicated to interfaith groups and prayer. We will be back with more info nearer the time.


Venue change for Saturday July 13th

The venue for Grief and Hope has changed to Paradise Cooperative, 19 Heathfield Road SW18 3JE - opposite the entrance to Wandsworth prison.

Grief and Hope - Saturday July 13th

Earlsfield Fiesta poster

Join us as we grieve like prophets and dreamers for our broken world, and hope like prophets and dreamers for a different kind of future.

Note different venue and time - Grace will be 6:30pm at Paradise Cooperative, 19 Heathfield Road SW18 3JE, as part of 'Fiesta' - see below for details of the festival as a whole.

People at the festival are coming as part of their festival ticket, but if you are just coming for Grace it is free. Just say you are a member of Grace when you arrive.

The legendary block of ice will be making its third appearance - last seen at Greenbelt 2001! Well obviously not the same block of ice.


Grace in Earlsfield at Fiesta - Saturday July 13th

Earlsfield Fiesta poster

In July Grace are taking part in Fiesta leading an event on the Saturday night in Riverside in Earlsfield. We will post details once we know timings.

It looks like a really great weekend with Alastair McIntosh there as resident and all manner of food, conversations and networking with fellow creatives who want to make a better world and city. You can book in to the weekend here.

This means of course that there is no Grace at St Mary's in July. We seem to be doing away gigs for a few months at the moment!


Forest Bathing - Sunday June 9th

The next Grace is SUNDAY June 9th - we are going to visit a private wood in Sussex for the day, to picnic and hang out. The intention is to leave Ealing around 9.30am and leave the wood around 5pm. If you would like to come, please email info@freshworship.org as we need to organise numbers and lifts. Children welcome.

Please note - there will be NO Grace service on Saturday 8th June at St Mary's Ealing.

Please also note that there will be no actual bathing in water. At least not intentionally.


The Table - BBQ & labyrinth at Wolf Fields Community Garden - Saturday May 11th

On Saturday May 11th we have been invited to join The Table at Wolf Fields Community Garden in Norwood Green. This will be for a BBQ outdoors and a mown labyrinth, running from 4pm - 7pm.

[Note there will be no Grace service at St Mary's Ealing]

The address is: Norwood Road, Southall, UB2 4JH (access via alleyway between Wolf Pub and Park). You can read more about the garden here.

All welcome - please bring something to chuck on the coals and something to drink.


This is Great Britain - Saturday 13th April

What does it mean to be 'Great'? What do we want to be recognised for? How can we live together as a community and country?

All are welcome. We will not be having any meaningful votes, we only want to start a meaningful conversation. You are welcome to continue the discussion in the café after the service. The only red lines might be if someone spills some wine.


United Kingdom Come - Saturday 9th March

Why are we so divided and angry? What are we going to do about it?

All are welcome. After the service you can either Remain for the café, or Leave to look for a better deal elsewhere.


Space - Saturday 9th February

Everyone is welcome to join us on 9th February for a service of meditation and silences, followed of course by a less silent café!

This year our February service falls in a space between church seasons - Christmas and Epiphany are past, Lent does not begin until March, so we find ourselves in an in-between place, a place to pause for quiet reflection.


Epiphany labyrinth - Saturday 12th January


Grace Advent - Saturday 8th December

This year Grace is as early in December as it can be, so we've gone for an Advent theme to be explored in reflections, music and prayers.

However, we will still be doing mulled wine and mince pies in the café afterwards!


God in the House - Grace on TV 1996

'God in the House' was a series of 6 programmes shown on Channel 4 24th-30th December 1996. Each one featured a 'radical alternative Christian service' and the final one was Grace. We finally had it digitised and put it on YouTube here for your entertainment!

Of course it's an artificial situation. The church is lit for filming, there are more people than was usual, the emphasis is on live music not recorded - probably due to performing rights issues for TV programmes (although a bit of Inner City Life can be heard at one point). And there was a Communion which was edited out. This explains why Jonny is suddenly singing with a glass of wine!


Grace 25 video clip

A walk around the space at about 11pm. The meal is over and some people have gone.

Grace 25th anniversary celebration from steve collins on Vimeo.


Grace XXV zine

We have created a 64-page full colour zine to mark 25 years of Grace - it grew into a small book really. But it could have been two or three times as big!

Click here or on the image above to open it in your browser. You can then download it to keep. It's 50Mb so maybe best to open it when you're on wifi. Takes a few seconds but it's worth it!


Grace 25th Anniversary Celebration - Saturday 10th November

We would love to see you on November 10th for a meal and celebration of our 25th anniversary.

Grace began on Sunday 7th November 1993, with a service called ‘Grace’ and Dave Tomlinson as guest speaker. We can't quite believe that was a quarter of a century ago. The evening will revolve around a celebratory meal, with plenty of stuff to bring back memories, and also look to the future - Grace 50th in 2043? It will be great to see as many old friends and members as possible.

Please let us know at info@freshworship.org if you intend to come, it will help with the catering.


Hünkerîng Døwñ: Harvest, Hospitality, Thanksgiving - Saturday 13th October

Join us at Grace for an evening with unusual punctuation.


Oblique Strategies - Saturday 8th September

A new season of Grace kicks off this Saturday with Oblique Strategies. There is a photography exhibition that will be hanging in St Mary’s church put together by the Ealing London Independent Photography group which has a couple of Grace members as part of the group. The exhibition is part of BEAT - the Borough of Ealing Art Trail. It’s called Oblique Strategies inspired by Brian Eno’s cards of that name - each photographer was given a card at random and the photos are a response to that. It will look great suspended in St Mary’s and it’s wonderful that we are able to use the space in the middle of the exhibition for Grace. Grace itself will interact with the photos and explore a couple of spiritual practices using photography. As ever there will be a cafe afterwards.

Below is the flyer for the exhibition.

If any of you would like to come to the private view/opening night you would also be welcome at that which is Weds 5th September 7-9:30pm

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