The Canvas Story Act 1

Canvas LogoIntroducing Canvas…

‘Canvas’ is our monthly all age service held at 9.15am on the first Sunday of each month.

You may be wondering what the name ‘Canvas’ is all about – is it a painting workshop, or will we be camping?! Well, the answer is both – in a way!

As we’ve spent time thinking about how we worship together as people of all ages, two themes have emerged.

We want these times of worship to be something that we create together – each one will be different because of the people that are present – so in one sense we start with a blank canvas.

The other theme that emerged was one of building community together under God’s care – of living under his tabernacle or tent as the Bible often calls it. So ‘Canvas’ seemed to sum up both themes.

Therefore, we want these all age services to be creative, dynamic and real expressions of community; the ‘family meal’ that draws everyone together. It might be a bit messy, there may be a lot of washing up, but it’s always fun, important and affirming.

Our Canvas story from September 2013 to July 2014

‘Celebration’
July 6th 2014

We’re good at celebrating, aren’t we? We know the key ingredients of a good party right? Cake, balloons, presents? But is this real celebration?

As Richard Foster reminds us in the ‘Celebration of Discipline’,
Celebration is at the heart of the way of Christ. He entered the world on a high note of jubilation: ‘I bring you good news of great joy,’ cried the angel, ‘which shall come to all people’ (Luke 2:10). He left the world bequeathing his joy to the disciples: ‘These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full’ (John 15:11)

 

‘The art of celebration’
June 1st 2014

We’re good at celebrating, aren’t we? We know the key ingredients of a good party right? Cake, balloons, presents? But is this real celebration?

As Richard Foster reminds us in the ‘Celebration of Discipline’,
Celebration is at the heart of the way of Christ. He entered the world on a high note of jubilation: ‘I bring you good news of great joy,’ cried the angel, ‘which shall come to all people’ (Luke 2:10). He left the world bequeathing his joy to the disciples: ‘These things I have spoken to you that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be full’ (John 15:11)

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‘Knowing Jesus’
April 6th 2014

John 21:25

Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that could be written

In the second of our series exploring the questions posed in our ‘Questions, questions’ service, we look at the character of Jesus, what portrait can we paint from the Gospels, and what are we invited to discover ourselves.

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‘It’s a Mystery!’
February 2nd 2014

Ephesians 1:9-10

With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

In the first of our series exploring the questions posed in our ‘Questions, questions’ service, we look at the meaning of mystery, what has been revealed and what questions remain unanswered … for now.

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‘Questions, questions?’
January 5th 2014

Matthew 6:22

“Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light.”

The Message

This Epiphany we are considering what it means to be truly ‘wise’.

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‘Small word, BIG meaning?’
December 1st 2013

In Matthew’s account of the birth of Jesus, it says:

All this took place to fulfil what the Lord had said through the prophet: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).

As we begin the season of Advent, looking forward to celebrating the coming of Jesus into the world, today’s Canvas is an opportunity to pause and think about what that one small word ‘with’ means, when it comes to God being ‘with’ us.

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‘Who do you think you are?’
November 3rd 2013

Matthew 1:1

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham…

Matthew uses the genealogy of Christ as evidence of who Jesus is. It also shows us the incredible history of the people God has used throughout the ages. It is inspiring and heartening to know that God has called us to be adopted into his family, and that he wants to use us too as part of his great story.

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‘A Feast to Remember’

October 6th 2013

Feast of Tabernacles blank 'Canvas'

The Feast of The Tabernacles blank ‘Canvas’

Completed 'Canvas' with Harvest Offering

Completed Canvas with Harvest Offering

The Feast of Tabernacles…. What is it?

Tabernacles is the 3rd and most important of the 3 big Old Testament festivals celebrated each year.

Passover and Pentecost were the other two major festivals, which celebrated the beginning and end of the cereal harvest, whilst also having great symbolic meaning for the Jews. Tabernacles celebrates the end of the harvest season with the gathering of the fruits.

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‘Making all things new’
September 1st 2013

'Canvas' in progress

‘In the beginning God Created…’

A Great Cloud of Witnesses...

A Great Cloud of Witnesses…

As we’ve spent time thinking about how we worship together as people of all ages, two themes have emerged.

We want these times of worship to be something that we create together – each one will be different because of the people that are present – so in one sense we start with a blank canvas.

The other theme that emerged was one of building community together under God’s care – of living under his tabernacle or tent as the Bible often calls it. So canvas seemed to sum up both.

Click here to download a copy of the A3 handout from this service.

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