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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Remembrance Area planting

Along with lots of cleaning and other gardening work completed this morning at St John's Seven Kings, we also began planting miniature roses in the Remembrance Area of our Community Garden, in memory of loved ones.


Keith Green - The Lord Is My Shepherd

Friday, 30 March 2012

Palm Sunday, Holy Week and Easter Day

St John's Seven Kings and St Paul's Goodmayes will be holding our annual Palm Sunday procession on Sunday 1st April from 10.00am. This year the procession begins at St John's Seven Kings, where both congregations will gather. We will then process along Meads Lane led by a donkey (on which children will take it in turns to ride), crucifer, robed choir and clergy. At Westwood Recreation Ground we will read the Gospel and bless our palm crosses before processing along Atholl Road to St Paul's Goodmayes where our Palm Sunday Service will end with communion. All are welcome to attend. We are grateful for the support of the Police and Council in enabling this procession to occur annually.

Our services and activities for Holy Week and Easter Day are detailed on the poster below:


John Rutter - Look At The World.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

London Pride Festival of Art and Design

Six decades of art and design in London are celebrated at the London Pride Festival of Art and Design. Visitors to The London Pride Festival have the pleasure of viewing some of the most amazing artwork and creations from the following exhibitors:

Design Museum - design icons and works celebrating 60 years of British design. This exhibition is located in a Marquee on the front lawn of the Valentines Mansion and includes items from The London Design Museum supplied by Sir Terence Conran. Also located in this marquee are exhibits from Valentines Mansion studio artists.
Saatchi Gallery - iconic Mini by Damien Hirst. The Saatchi Gallery has loaned the Iconic Mini from Damien Hirst. This is located on the circular lawn at the back of Valentines Mansion.
The Queen's Beasts by Tom Hiscocks are dramatic sculptures of up to two metres high and are re-imaginings of the original Queen's beast which were created for the coronation. They include the Griffin of Edward II, the Unicorn, the Bull and the Horse of Hanover. This exhibition is also on the circular lawn at the back of Valentines Mansion.
London Metropolitan University - future design. The London Metropolitan University is located in a marquee in the Walled Garden next to the Gardeners Cottage Cafe. Their exhibits will include 3D printing.

Royal College of Art - architectural models and displays. The Royal College of Art will be providing models from their world class leading school of Architecture. This exhibition is located with The Design Museum marquee.
Tate Gallery- works of art from modern British artists. Artwork from the following artists is on display at the Ground Floor, Valentines Mansion; Francis Bacon, Sarah Lucas, Lucian Freud, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Anthony Caro, Bridget Riley, Chris Ofili, Richard Long, Rachel Whiteread and Howard Hodgkin.
Central St Martins School of Art and Design - British talent old and new. Artwork from the following artists is on display in The Design Museum marquee; Jan Rose, Amy Pliszka, David Bennett, Jack Holt, Oleg Mitrofanov and Lydia Wong.


Noah And The Whale - Life Is Life.

Art @ St Martin-in-the-Fields

Robert Koenig's Odyssey consists of a crowd of 32 monumental wood figures , each 2.5m tall. Most of these male and female figures were carved in the village of Dominikowice in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains in South East Poland between 1997 – 2002. Odyssey deals with important issues of migration, forced or voluntary. It talks about heritage, belonging, displacement and people’s place in the world. This project which started out as a search for Polish ancestral roots is taking on a pan-European and universal dimension.

The Saint John's Bible is a work of art and a work of theology. A team of artists coordinated by Donald Jackson in Wales and a team of scholars in Central Minnesota have brought together the ancient techniques of calligraphy and illumination with an ecumenical Christian approach to the Bible rooted in Benedictine spirituality. The result is a living document and a monumental achievement.

The Statons of Cross by Siku originally come from the Manga Bible which has had more than 100,000 sales distributed in over 16 countries. As a follow up Siku produced The Manga Jesus which contains some of the most stunning artwork of that story.


Mumford & Sons - Home.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Easter Activity Stations

Today children from Newbury Park Primary School came to St John's Seven Kings to learn more about Easter. They took part in seven Easter Activity Stations (see above) which enabled them to learn about the Easter story and reflect on what the story says to them. This year's Easter Activity Stations involve, among other activities, smelling perfume, tasting vinegar and chocolate, touching rocks and drawing gifts. The Easter Activity Stations teach, among other stories, about Jesus' trial, carrying the cross, mockery of Jesus, his death and resurrection. On Friday children from Downshall Primary School will come to take part in our Easter Activity Stations.
Both schools visited St John's last year for Easter Activity Stations as part of an initiative organised by the Redbridge Standing Committee on Religious Education (SACRE) and the experience went so well that all involved wanted to repeat it again this year.