'Journey Into Light'

by Judy Povey  |  Posted at 11:22am on 14th November 2019

Thinking of creativity, colour, light, abstraction brings to mind the ‘Journey Into Light’ Art Exhibition we hosted from Sunday, 1st December through to 8th December. Travelling round the Diocese of Chester, we at Alderley Edge Methodist Church have been fortunate to be part of the programme. The Artwork has been produced by prisoners from Thorn Cross and Styal Prisons, and has helped them to discover new ways to express their emotions and thoughts. “The aim is to allow prisoners to tell their story behind their convictions and their sentences, and it is hoped that visitors to the exhibition will gain an insight into their lives, their sensitivity, their compassion and their humanity. If you can identify with some of the choices, mistakes and circumstances that the prisoners have faced, then the artists have fulfilled their goal, to connect with others.” These words of Vincent Whitehead, Chair of the Criminal Justice Group of Chester Diocese ring through and could identify in some way with feelings that we ourselves experience as we journey through Advent, the season of waiting. Choices, mistakes, circumstances are not just applicable to those who have contributed their paintings for display, they are words that can resonate throughout each of our lives—amazing how stories weave together in the most unexpected way.  Journey Into Light was launched at our Morning Service on Sunday, 1st December, led by our Minister, Rev. Rob Cotton. Throughout the week the church was open from 2.00p.m. to 4.00p.m. and a considerable number of people have visited the Exhibition, including some groups such as Alderley Edge Guides. Wednesday, 4th December at 6.30p.m. the Ecumenical Service was an excellent evening, with the words of the Styal Prison Chaplain giving us much to ponder on. The Exhibition drew to a close on Sunday afternoon, 8th December, with a Concert of light classical and popular music at 2.30p.m. The programme, presented by the vocal ensemble “Capriccio”(about 6 ladies with their pianist, professional Tim Walker, and a professional Flautist, was afitting end to an inspiring and stimulating week in some quite unexpected ways.   .

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