Futurepresent is a forthcoming book/zine edited by Jonny Baker and Cathy Ross of CMS, designed by Steve Collins, and featuring 13 authors including Jonny and Steve. The essays are dense interesting provocative reads, like a book, but we're presenting it like a high end art magazine, and it's A5 and over a centimetre thick. The printer does magazines and catalogues for the likes of Rapha, Nike, Christie's… it will be a nice product.
Future present is a play on a tense. It says something will have happened. The future is present. Life gets so busy and focused on the immediate that it’s much easier to live and act in the past continuous tense, unable to change or shift out of old ways of doing, thinking, being. It takes some kind of intervention, space and intentionality to have a different kind of conversation.
The book derives from ‘FuturePresent’, a Pioneer Conversations Day held on 8th November 2016 at Church Mission Society in Oxford. Each contributor was invited to imagine a different future and then ask ‘so what’ for how we act in the present now. The results were so interesting that we wanted to publish the material to a wider audience.
The Kickstarter page essentially gives you the opportunity to pre-order copies at a lower cost but also gives you the chance to bulk buy and to support the project in a wider sense. Please visit the page and support if you can.
Here are some mock-ups of a few spreads to give a flavour and hopefully tempt you. The toast from Grace's Enough service makes an appearance:
We do a grass labyrinth in the churchyard every summer, but we haven't done an indoor one since 2004 because we didn't have our own cloth. So Adam produced this one. The octagonal pattern only took about two hours to tape out - definitely a plus. The overall size is 6 x 6 metres, the path width is 400mm. So now we can run a labyrinth at any time of year, and it's a simple but rewarding thing to do when we don't have much energy or ideas.
Labyrinth - Saturday 9th June
Join us at Grace this week for a chance for prayer, reflection and hanging out. A labyrinth will be available all evening, to walk at your leisure. The cafe will run all evening giving plenty of time to catch up or get to know someone new.
Ignatian retreat day - Saturday 12th May
For our next Grace, on May 12th, we'll be meeting during the day - participating once again in an Ignatian Retreat day hosted by Mount Street Jesuit Centre in London. It's from 10.30am-4pm and more info can be found here.
Note that there will be no service in the evening at St. Mary's.
It would be handy if we could give the centre a rough idea of numbers ahead of the day, so if you're planning to come please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org There is an optional donation to the costs, suggested at £25, but the centre have emphasised that all are welcome whether or not you can donate.
For those who still want to gather on the evening of May 12th, how about exploring the local cultural phenomenon of the Hanwell Hootie?
The Table - Saturday 14th April
Next Grace we are delighted to welcome friends from The Table in Southall. The Table is a fresh expression of church that fits perfectly into Southall's context, gathering around the table over food and conversation and hospitality. Friends from The Table will be coming and helping to lead Grace and cooking up some food Southall style - one not to miss. Don't eat before you come!
Because we'll be catering we could do with knowing numbers so let us know if you are planning to come.
Be faithful - Saturday 10th March
Join us at Grace on March 10th for the second of two services exploring the themes of Lent. Themes for both are taken from words in the Ash Wednesday service 'turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ'. Having explored 'turn’ this month we look at ‘be faithful’. It doesn’t matter whether you attended the last one or not - do come along.
Followed by Grace café.
Turn - Saturday 10th February
Join us at Grace on February 10th for the first of two services exploring the themes of Lent. Themes for both are taken from words in the Ash Wednesday service 'turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ'. First up is 'turn' - face down your vices and join us in Grace’s very own 3 step programme.
Followed by Grace café which will be serving up pancakes.
New Year - Saturday 13th January
All are welcome to join us for a reflective service to start the new year. Café afterwards as usual.
This photo ended up on Flickr's main feed on New Year's Day for some reason - the only photo with the number 18 perhaps! 2000 views in a couple of days. 18 is just the garage number - I didn't realise it was the year until afterwards.
Get ready! - Saturday 9th December
This is a szopka - a traditional nativity scene from Krakow. Join us for an evening of making and meditation for Advent.
For Goodness' Sake! - Saturday 11th November
Join us for an evening of prayer for good in our lives, our city and our world.
Come wander - Saturday 14th October
When we travel, wander or roam, what do we bring back with us? All welcome to join us for a eucharist and cafe afterwards.
Tag - Saturday 9th September
Tag is a photographic exhibition by Ealing London Independent Photography group.
Tag is a game where one person tags another, only this time played with photographs. Each photographer responds to the previous image creating a chain reaction of connected images. The results will be displayed in St Mary's Church during the Borough of Ealing Art Trail (BEAT) September 6th - 16th.
The exhibition will form the setting for Grace on the evening of Saturday 9th September, so we will pick up the theme and run with it - in a meditative kind of way!
What have you received - from God, the Church, other people? What do you want to pass on? How will you change it as you pass it on?
The exhibition will also be open to the general public:
Sun 12:00noon - 6:00pm