During a Gathering in St. Albans, one of the Bible texts we were considering was 2 Corinthians 5:17 where the apostle Paul declares that if anyone is in Christ – “new creation!” So, as a creative response following on from the Eucharist, those present at the Gathering were invited in turn to add their marks to a painting which started with a single dot in the middle of the canvas.
The community extends a warm welcome to anyone who would like to share in contemplative worship and discover more about the reflective dimension of Christian faith. There are regular Gatherings following the ancient patterning of the Eucharist that seeks to re-imagine in language and symbol the Christian story, celebrating the festivals and creativity, giving opportunity to experience contemplative prayer and conviviality through shared stillness, and song and so build community.
Charlotte writes: ‘We were blessed with a beautiful evening for our Agape picnic Gathering at Wendover on 12th August 2012. The theme was ‘Food for the journey’ and the Gathering saw us chanting and processing to our picnic table as we reflected on this theme before enjoying our shared meal together.’
"I am a natural outsider. I don’t like definition and restriction. I am coming in out of the cold. There is a lot of peace to be had in a collective that allows me to be here with a group ‘being in God’"