At St. Clement's we believe that creativity is a gift from God to be celebrated and enjoyed. In the creative act human beings enter with God into his work of beauty.
Face2face Arts Chaplaincy exists to be a blessing on the arts and artists of Leigh.
We would welcome any contributions or offers of help on any of the arts projects. You can contact Mtr. Cherry via firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is our prayer that this will grow, and give confidence to those whose creativity is still unformed as well as bringing us closer to those outside our walls. Please keep the chaplaincy in your prayers.
Since 2016 St Clement's has been a venue for the Annual Leigh Art Trail; hosted art events, exhibitions and record launches. So far 2018 has seen the Private View of work by South Essex College Access to Art and Design students, showing work for the Royal Opera House's production of Salome, an Opera by Strauss. The college has well established links with the ROH, since September 2015 South Essex College has formed a partnership with ROH and the University of the Arts London (UAL) to deliver a unique BA (Hons) degree in Costume Construction, specifically to address the current shortage of people with high quality costume making skills. In 2018 we have also hosted and enjoyed the launch of local singer-songwriter, Dave Livings' EP, Stray Dog.
In May 2018 we hosted the beautiful felt artworks, created in relation to biblical subjects, by Ruth Rotherham entitled 'Breathing Space'.
In early June we were delighted to be the host venue for 'Me-on-Sea', a wonderful exhibition featuring artwork submitted to the Art Trail by children from four of our local schools.
In the Autumn there will be a short series of art lectures on Sunday afternoons open to the public and an open art exhibition entitled 'Requiem' which is a response to the centenary of the First World War. For applications to the exhibition, please download the form or call into church for a copy. Here's the link: click here to download page 1, and here for page 2. This exhibition will then transfer to Leigh Community Centre.
Look out for other arts and music events on our notice boards and website.
We have a choir who sing at our Parish Mass every Sunday, and for special religious events. New members are always welcome, rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings. Contact: Mr.Roger Folley, 01702 471799.
Training musicians of all ages can perform in the church on Saturdays during coffee mornings. This helps up and coming musicians to build performance confidence, and is particularly helpful for students preparing for exams or festivals.
In June 2018 St. Clement’s was delighted to be a venue for LEIGH FOLK FESTIVAL, 2018.
First we had the open mic Poetry by Candlelight evening on Thursday 21st. On Friday we enjoyed Tales of the Unexpected, with Hannah Brailsford, an evening of twisted tales and tales with twists! Hannah returned on Saturday 23rd with a Hat Full of Stories.
This was followed by the annual Open Mic Competition.
On Saturday 30th June we had a recital from a young training musician, Niall, who performed delightful pieces he is preparing for singing and piano exams.
Our next event is Saturday 14th July at 11am, when we welcome the Southend Youth Strings Group and friends, who will be delivering a recital in memory of their teacher and friend, Lorraine Kelly, who died recently. At this recital there will be an opportunity to make donations to Fair Havens Hospice.
The stunning windows at St. Clement's date from across the centuries, and include the beautiful east window, depicting the Crucifixion, which is of hand-painted enamel, rather than, as is often supposed, stained glass. It dates from c.1850, and is probably German. Other windows include those depicting St. Clement and the saints of our daughter parishes, Ss. Thomas, James and Margaret.
In September 2016 the east window was taken away for expert restoration, and was reinstated in early April, in time for Easter 2017.
Like many churches, a part of the liturgical ornamentation of the Church is a set of Stations of the Cross. Following the Stations of the Cross around the Church, from the North East corner of the North Aisle all the way around to the North East corner of the Sanctuary, is a spiritual exercise designed to help the Christian pilgrim to meditate upon the final journey of Jesus Christ from judgement by Pilate to his burial. There are fourteen traditional stations (stopping places) each marked by a numbered plaque around the church. The devotion of Stations of the Cross developed from early Christians walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, the actual place of Christ's final journey. The devotion of walking the "Way of the Cross" is still a natural part of Christian life, and is done publicly in Lent.
The Church brasses are ancient works of art, and as such are of historical interest. Copies of the brasses can be used for the purpose of brass rubbing. These have been enjoyed by both experts and local school children.