Creative Arts

We believe that we are each made in the image of a creative God and that ‘making’ is an integral part of our human DNA. The activities below are open to everybody – you do not have to be “arty” to join them, just human!

Riverside Artspace

Do you have a creative interest that you don’t ever seem to have time to actually do? At Riverside artspace, we invite you to come down and work  on those things you rarely have time to do at home. It could be painting, drawing, writing, woodwork, textiles etc. These mornings are unguided: just bring along any materials you need and we’ll provide the time, workspace, community…and cake!

Riverside artspace takes place on the third Saturday of the month, 9am-1pm. Come and stay as long as you want. For more information, email arts@guildfordbaptist.org or see Ros Mansfield, Martin Brunet or Karen Case-Green.

 

Film nights

Come to the Hub for a Saturday night film, popcorn and post-film chat. 

For more information, email arts@guildfordbaptist.org or see Naomi Vinen.

 

Fox’s Barn poetry evenings

Spend an evening in a beautifully converted Quaker barn, listening to live poetry readings and learning about the life and works of a particular poet. These evenings are led by different speakers and take place two or three times a year. In recent years, we have looked at R.S. Thomas, Emily Dickinson, T.S. Eliot, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Mary Oliver and Jack Clemo, among others.

 

Oasis

As part of the chapel’s rhythm of prayer, a String quartet creates a space for contemplation, meditation, prayer and worship.

The music is enhanced by different pictures and scripture verses or words, on screen, aiding us in our meditations and worship. Sometimes the music influences the theme and sometimes the Scripture leads us to play specific pieces. The three go hand in hand to draw us into the presence of Jesus to worship. The music may include piano accompaniment.

The last session was an Easter reflection influenced by the very special new Chapel furniture. We would like these times to be available to those who do not normally come to church

 

Worship team – creative nights

Once every six weeks the worship teams have an optional ‘creative night’, which includes song-writing. Sometimes they work on things together, sometimes by themselves. These evenings can also be used to work on musical improvisation, recording and mixing, etc. Contact Tim or Charlotte Wears for more details at Tim.Wears@guildfordbaptist.org

                                

Art exhibitions

We hold art exhibitions as well as art and craft stalls. Click here for some examples of previous exhibitions.

Visit our chapel to see the permanent art installations by Stephen Owen. Find out more about these pieces here. (link to cross and table blurb) You will also find examples of our artists’ work around the building. Photos here?

 

Wey Community Gospel Choir

The Wey Community Gospel Choir is a community choir in Guildford, Surrey, meeting in Guildford Baptist Church. Our vision for the choir is to get the wider community singing and creating an environment that is fun and social for the attendees. The style of music is predominantly  ‘gospel’, but looking at a wide range of repertoire and incorporating different styles of music within it. The intention of the choir is to form a large vocal group, which is made up from people of varying backgrounds, religious persuasions and vocal abilities, therefore being inclusive.

The choir is for anyone and everyone, no matter what your skill level. You don’t have to read music or have ever sung before. Our aim is to teach in a variety of different teaching methods and to provide learning skills and techniques for choir members, whether you are a complete beginner or a professional singer.

The choir meets every Wednesday (term time) 7:30pm-9:00pm. Visit http://theweycommunitygospelchoir.co.uk for more information.

 

Creative arts courses

Explore the contours of the salvation story through the lens of the creative arts. This course, Imaging the Story is open to anyone with an interest in faith and creativity. You’ll see how artists and poets have responded to aspects of the Christian story down through the ages, and you’ll have the chance to respond to it creatively yourself. No experience needed. All materials supplied. The course ends with a creative celebration of the story, which others can come and see.

 

Visit http://www.gillsakakini.com for more details. The next course will run in August 2017 at GBC.

 

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