(re)create learned how to do pottery this month. Under the skilled eye of Annie, we rolled, cut, shaped, moulded, wet, dried and eventually FIRED a selection of pots, plates, bowls, piggy-banks and other ornaments. Why? To get creative, learn new things and have fun – also to interact with one of the most Biblical of activities; to appreciate what the Bible means when it likens God to a potter and us to the clay (Isaiah 64:8), to hold in our hands the same kind of jars Gideon’s army broke to reveal their lights and startle their enemies (Judges 7:20), and to get the beautiful analogy of having ‘treasure in clay jars’ (2 Corinthians 4:7).
… If only it were that simple! We found out that in our modern lives we don’t really have all the know-how to so easily produce ceramics! Or at least, it’s not so easy! The ‘kiln’ (an oil drum packed with flammable things) mostly made our beautiful creations smash, exploding from within as the heat hit them. Having said that, a few recognisable and very well ‘vitrified’ (learned a new word, means made hard and brittle) items did emerge from the flames! Good fun, thanks Annie.
Happily Moulding & Shaping
Aligning Rescued bits of ‘Vitrified’ Pottery
About time we post something about CLC’s very own (re)create missional community! Since September last year we’ve been growing together as a group, settling on wanting to value five things in our time together and lives apart. These five things are; Community, or having time to chat and share life together; Worship, whether sung or stomped or painted or prayed or whispered; Creativity, which means anything from knitting to cooking, gardening to DIY wedding decorations; Word, or spending time together reading the Bible, praying and learning; and Mission, which is basically making sure we don’t keep it all to ourselves.
Meetings often involve food. In April we cooked up an amazing spread of tasty things and ate together. Afterwards we headed out towards Grantchester meadows on full bellies – good relaxed time, the perfect lazy Sunday. Except Cambridge lost the boat race.
Tom G and his lunch
We had also planted some seeds earlier in March, and they’d started to really grow up and needed planting out. Here’s my coriander just as I planted it out – a city kid gardening, I’m well proud!
In April we also spent an evening together getting arty, praying to God and then painting/drawing/sticking, believing God was there with us and was in what we were doing. It was a great time to think on what God’s done, who God is, and what God’s doing in us. Not a bad end result!
(re)create’s prophetic painting
Roll on May – we’re looking to get outside a bit more, making use of those bank holidays (except most of us are students and this therefore means very little), and getting stuck into a clay pottery project!