Ikon June 2014 – Report

P1110067In a change to the advertised Ikon, we allowed God to speak to us through a passage in Luke. The passage has Jesus giving his instructions to the disciples before sending them out to minister.

Dwelling in the Word

Here is the passage and format that we used. The dwelling in the word technique proved very helpful with many different emphasises and insights being brought out.

After the Ikon we enjoyed a very pleasant supper together during which the conversation ranged far and wide.

Our thanks to all who joined us for this event.

mertonThis week our prayer comes from the pen of Thomas Merton (1915-1968). It contains one of my favourite spiritual thoughts.

‘I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.’ 

Very often we do not clear the path ahead clearly but Merton suggests that providing it is our desire to please God which motivates us then however poor or sometimes misguided are our efforts, God does take pleasure in us.

“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact
that I think that I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything
apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me
by the right road though
I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always
though I may seem to be lost
and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me
to face my perils alone.” Amen

Ikon – Sunday 22nd June 2014

P1110021Last Sunday we created our own version of the Rublev Ikon and it is now in pride of place in our living room. We will be using it as a part of our Ikon worship on Sunday. We will be reflecting on a variety of Ikons and their message to us.

Sunday 22nd June – 6.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

This will be followed by a light supper of soup, cheese and pate etc.

Everyone Welcome

What-is-Home-Exhibition-Flyer-A4-1-637x880This week will be taken Explore onto the road in Bradford to visit the ‘What is Home’ exhibition at the Fabric Gallery.

There a number of brief performances booked for the evening, beginning at 7.30pm. I suspect that meeting at 7.00pm to drive into Bradford is probably too early for most people. Therefore if anyone wants a lift can you come to Colin and Katy’s house for 7.30pm. If you are making your own way to the gallery then meet us there at 8.00pm. The exhibition will last until 9.00pm and then perhaps we can go for a drink afterwards.


Creativitea Report – June 2014

Trinity-EHPThis month at Creativitea we celebrated the Trinity with a creation of our very own version of the Rublev Ikon. We began with Colin explaining the ikon to us.

The figure on the left is the Father. He clothes show some blue, the symbol of divinity and a great deal of shimmering colour (sometimes orange, or pink  or burnt umber). Behind him is a mansion in which there are many rooms.

In the centre is Jesus who robe is half blue and half brown denoting both his divinity and his humanity. Behind him there is a tree symbolising the cross.

Finally on the right sits the Holy Spirit in blue and green to represent divinity and new life. Behind there is a mountain to signify those moments when the Spirit meets us.

190awebWe began with an outline drawing of the ikon, which had been divided into twelve sections. We took turns to colour them trying to hold together the colour scheme. In the end this is what we produced and I hope you will admit that it is a pretty good likeness.

P1110021Thanks to everyone for all your hard work. Especially to Hilary for her superb strawberries and cream.




The doctrine of the Trinity is, if you like, a signpost pointing ahead into the dark, saying: ‘Trust me; follow me; my love will keep you safe.’ Or, perhaps better, the doctrine of the Trinity is a signpost pointing into a light which gets brighter and brighter until we are dazzled and blinded, but which says: ‘Come, and I will make you children of light.’  The doctrine of the Trinity affirms the rightness, the propriety, of speaking intelligently that the true God must always transcend our grasp of him, even our most intelligent grasp of him.”
~ N.T. Wright, in For All God’s Worth: True Worship and the Calling of the Church

Our prayer this week gives us the opportunity to reflect on and pray to the Trinity.

The blessing of Father, Spirit, Son
Holy Trinity, Three in One,
be in our meeting
and our greeting,
in the worship we share
and the words of our prayer.
The blessing of Father, Spirit, Son
Holy Trinity, Three in One,
be in our living
and our breathing,
that through our hearts and our words
your truth may be heard. Amen.
Jon Birch

Creativitea – June 15th 2014

Trinity-EHPIn honour of Trinity Sunday we will be embarking on the creation of our own version of the famous Rublev Ikon.

I wonder if it possible that we will be able to capture the essence of this ikon by our efforts.

Sunday 15th June – 3.00pm @ 6 Glenhurst Road

Please bring a contribution to tea – anything with chocolate is always well received.

All Welcome.

Explore – Wednesday 11th July 2014

explore_logoThis week at Explore we are going to continue our thinking about the Lord’s guidance for the future of GraceSpace.

As usual we meet at the home of David and Julie and by their kind invitation. I am sure that there will also be the usual high quality refreshments.

Wed 11th June – 8.00pm @ 5 Glenaire Drive

At Explore we seek to connect faith to life and to grow in our understanding of following Christ. It is always intriguing and also fun.

Everyone Welcome

YG @ Pentecost in the Park 2014

P1030095The YG group enjoyed their first outdoor gathering of the year when they attended the annual ‘Pentecost in the Park’ event. Lister Park was for the most part bathed in bright sunshine for most of the afternoon. It was only towards the end of the event that the heavens opened and duly reminded us that we were in Yorkshire after all.

P1100947There were some excellent performances from Daryll Hackett and John Froud as usual. There were also some interesting craft activities – in particular the candle making attracted much attention.

P1030102After the rain we went back to Glenhurst Road to dry off and then we set off for the Noble Comb where we enjoyed a huge meal together.

P1100964Another excellent YG event – look out for our July meeting.

pentecost-feast2There was a select few of us at our community lunch this month. Several people had travelled to York for the service to welcome Bishop Nick as the new Bishop of Leeds.

There was an excellent lunch for us to share with all the usual trimmings. We all managed to sit around the table and enjoy some great food and conversation.

After lunch we ,moved to lounge for one of Colin’s more obscure teachings about the Holy Spirit. We thought about the concept of ‘Transformation’. It is a work of Holy Spirit to transform our fears and release our passion for God.  This idea was illustrated by the transformation scene in Shrek, where Princess Fiona reveals her true nature.


We also shared some scenes from the film Chocolat which showed how a whole community could be transformed. Judging ourselves not by what we reject but by who we love and include.