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Creative Worship

On a rubbish tip near Jerusalem - 6 of 8

On a rubbish tip near Jerusalem, 2014

Ask most people about church, especially those who don’t come, and they’ll probably speak of hymns and organ music, unusual clothes and prayers and that kind of thing. What many won’t consider is bricks and straw, or foaming fonts and maps of the world. Not unless they come to St John’s, that is.

Every month, on the fourth Sunday, we share in what we call Creative Worship. This is (to use a piece of jargon, perhaps) multi-sensory worship. It is difficult to pin down, and frequently is planned as a response to a personal experience of one of the organisers, or perhaps to reflect something that has happened in the wider world.

The worship is much less formulaic than some worship. It involves prayers, of course, but that’s about the only ‘normal’ thing.

Over the past few years we’ve designed our creative worship around such diverse themes as:

  • The Philippines tropical storm disaster
  • World peace
  • Poverty
  • Health and well being
  • The Sabbath
  • Being special to God
  • Bible Sunday
  • Environmentalism

That’s just a few.

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Growth and vision: April 2014

They are all very different from each other, but do share one aim: to provide a place to pause and pray in a busy world. Sometimes this involves singing, sometimes it involves placing small beads on a map of the world. We’ve done origami and we’ve drunk wine.

The purpose is not to follow some preconceived liturgy, but to grow our liturgy from our everyday lives.

If you would like to experience this, and share in our worship and prayer, just come along on the last Sunday of the month at 5pm. It last 30 to 45 minutes. You never know: it might be just what you need!

(p.s. there are some months when we don’t do Creative Worship, like December: its worth checking the calendar)