Some of you might know that I have serendipitously ended up helping a declining Methodist congregation re-imagine itself. The faithful but ageing congregation have contemplated closure several times over recent years and as they once again considered their options last summer, I proposed quite a radical change of direction and suggested we relaunch as a hub for creativity, music and the arts. To my astonishment they went for it!
Momentum has been slowly growing over the last few months and this Saturday we take things up a gear with an official launch event which will hopefully showcase the groups that are beginning to find a home in the chapel and give an example of how the space can be used. I have no idea how many people will come and no clue what will materialise as a result, but it’s turning into quite a fun adventure with bands, poets, organists, choirs, story-tellers, artists and yarn bombers all joining in!
Dave Walker, the chapel’s resident cartoonist, has created a fabulous website which tells more of the story so far, so do check it out if you would like to know more. And if you are in reach of Essex, do feel free to come along on Saturday and join the fun of the launch event, details of which are below.