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.
July is a month of danger. Sanctus 1 is boldly going outdoors all month. In a British summer (we know, crazy)!
Our month always begins with a food service, so we went off to one of Manchester's secret open spaces. Set back from Deansgate (one of the city's main thoroughfares), Parsonage Gardens provides welcome respite and an oasis of green amongst the grey. This was our location for a picnic and reflection on the Feeding of the 5000 and Feeding of the 4000 stories.