Once upon a time, in a cafe in Manchester... For the month of November, we are exploring the nature of short stories. The Bible is made up of many short stories, each with words of guidance and meaning, that span back thousands of years. We will be looking at some contemporary short stories from three different writers, seeing how they use brevity to convey a message, and what we can learn for their ideas. We will reveal the reading list at the November food service, where we will also be creating short stories of our own. We look forward to seeing you there ...and they all lived happily ever after.
It seems like Manchester runs from one festival into another these days. Having had a summer with the amazing Manchester International Festival and a Food and Drink Festival, October brings the Science Festival, a Gothic Festival and a Literature Festival!
Sanctus is taking inspiration from some of these and hosting some science-themed services this month. This has involved exploring the properties and uses of steam and how we can relate that to our spiritual experiences. Also, we have heard all about blood from a haematologist and wondered at the amazing capability and structure of our bodies.
Finally, as you can see from the image above, the community have come together to produce components for a piece in the Nexus art exhibition Origins. Inspired by the service Sanctus ran at Greenbelt earlier this year, this includes (loose) representations of molecules and is intended to grow throughout the month.
Having spent some time getting out of our cosy Nexus space in July and then Greenbelt in August we thought we would continue the theme of getting out by looking at the world. We are contemplating how faith and spirituality are reflected across the world, how it ties in with culture and food and celebrates our common humanity. We will also be praying each week for issues throughout the world.
Each week in September we will be looking at different continents. Last week was food service, food is always a great way of celebrating diversity across the world.
The result of a our geocaching service last Sunday was communion by the Rochdale Canal.