On Saturday it was exciting to be able to visit New Mills (Providence) for their “Knitted Church”, part of a fortnight of activities for the New Mills Art Festival (you can find out more at http://www.newmillsfestival.com/ ) The Church is involved in hosting a number of events during the fortnight, a festival which culminates with a candlelit walk beside the river between the tors which this year is set to attract around 10,000 people.
The photos demonstrate a small sample of the work that has been created (including a knitted piano with knitted music that accurately shows the notation to a familiar hymn) including the Last Supper scene, harvest produce ready for their Harvest Festival service, and a remembrance piece. Four of the knitters are shown in the photo, and working with many others have spent 18 months gathering the necessary knits. Over the coming fortnight 300 primary school children will be coming to visit the exhibition and engage with the many stories that are including around the exhibition space.
Please pray for:
• the fellowship at New Mills as they engage in such a creative way with the community, and for more opportunities for them within that community
• each congregation within the Synod to discover new creative partnerships which will enable their witness to the Gospel to be shared more widely
• each congregation as they seek to identify fresh ways of engaging in worship which will involve and attract some of the 96% of people in our communities who don’t participate on a Sunday morning
• more occasions to enjoy events like the Knitted Church at New Mills which provide a focus for meeting the community and bring smiles to the faces of those who come along (and who cannot smile at the knitted wheelie bin cover!)