“The world is charged with the grandeur of God”; is an idea expressed by Gerard Manly Hopkins, in his poem ‘God’s Grandeur. But it is surely evident to all who look around, who listen, who smell, touch and taste. The world is indeed a wondrous environment.
In recognition of this, Belvoir Parish has planned a Festival of Creative Arts, a celebration of beauty and wonder, from 7 – 9 June.
“Belvoir Church of Ireland is a developing community of faith, embracing a style of worship and discipleship that is creative, involving theatre, writing, art, crafts, music, dance,” says the rector, Revd Adrian McCartney.
“The church through the centuries has often expressed the beauty and wonder of God in its architecture, its words, its art and its music. We are trying to rediscover some of this in a contemporary setting.”
Celebrations begin on Friday at 7.30 pm with a worship concert led by Robin Mark and band. Robin’s songs and lyrics are known and loved across this land and beyond.
On Saturday 8 June from 10.00 am to 3.00 pm the parish will host the Belvoir Craft and Food Fair.
“Pastries, candles, crafts – everything will originate locally and there’ll also be a flower arranging demonstration, our first attempt at a workshop experience,” explains Adrian.
The celebration continues on Sunday 9 June at 11.00 am with Pentecost, the festival that remembers the outpouring of the Spirit of God, the source of all things creative and artistic. Robin Mark will be teaching on this subject at this service.
Dress code: casual and/or creative!
The church can be found opposite Newtownbreda Tesco on the ring road. All are welcome.