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Arts

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:

St. Clement’s supports the work of local artists.  In June, the Church was venue 32 on the 2017 Leigh Art Trail, showing the work of local artist, John Adams.

Face2Face has 4 projects this year, outlined below.  All 4 are still being worked on, we would welcome any contributions or offers of help on any of the projects.  You can contact Mtr. Cherry via saintclementsleigh@outlook.com.  

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.

1) In February 2017 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 Madam Butterfly, an Opera by Puccini. 

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.

2) Our second project will be an exhibition and celebration of creativity in all the arts of our community.  This will involve a week-long exhibition of work on the theme of Sanctuary.  People are invited to take part in any medium they choose, the only restriction being size.  Work will need to be handed in by 9/7/17 and picked up on 16/7/17.  The celebration service and private view will be on Thursday 13/7/17.  All are welcome and if you would like to participate click here to download the entry form. 

3) Our third project is a meditation corner using a work of art on a theme relating to the season.  It is hoped that these would be commissions and open to anyone who wishes to take part.  This would be a year- long project and it may end with an auction of the work for a local charity and church funds.

4) Lastly, our fourth project is a short series of 5 art and design talks from May to September - possibly on a Sunday afternoon or evening with drinks.

 

Music:

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 2017 St. Clement’s was delighted to host many events for the LEIGH FOLK FESTIVAL.  We had Poetry by Candlelight, Storytelling, the Open Mic Competition and the Folk Festival Concert.

 

Stained Glass:

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.

"The blessing of creativity, to be enjoyed by all"

Stations of the Cross:


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.
 

Brasses:

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.

The Bells of St. Clement's:

You might have heard the bells ringing out across the town, they are rung regularly for church services and to herald newly wed couples as they leave the Church to start their married life together, as well as for special local and national events.

There are eight bells hung for Change Ringing in St. Clement’s.  The oldest bells date from the 17th century although three of them have been recast since.  The Ring was augmented from six bells to eight bells in 2003.

Our practice night is Thursdays at 7:30 but if you are interested in learning to ring, a visiting ringer or would just like to see ringing in action it would be best to contact us first, to make sure there’s someone to meet you. Contact: Mrs.Mary Folley, 01702 471799.