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.
St. Clement’s supports the work of local artists.
Face2Face projects are under way this year, further details to follow. We would welcome any contributions or offers of help on any of the 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. Mtr. Cherry.
In February 2018 we hosted a private view of work by South Essex College Access to Art & Design Students' work in the Royal Opera House (ROH) Challenge, showing stunning posters they had produced to advertise 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 April 2018 we will host an E.P. Launch, Stray Dog, Dave Livings. This will be on Saturday 28th April, doors open at 7.30pm. For more information and a poster please click here.
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 will again host events for the LEIGH FOLK FESTIVAL. Previous years have seen us host Poetry by Candlelight, Storytelling, the Open Mic Competition and the Folk Festival Concert.
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.