Creative spirituality is one of the many aspects of Simon’s partnership with St John’s Church. For over ten years, Simon has been involved with creative spirituality within and beyond the walls of St John’s. His role has many facets, but the three key areas are

Time has come to look afresh at the role and see what is right for now and for going forward. To that end the Vestry agreed that Simon would take a three months’ sabbatical to reflect on these past ten years and to bring a discussion paper based on his work for three months to the Vestry. The sabbatical began just after Easter, and during these months the Vestry will take time to consider and reflect on what would be right for St John’s in the future.

We wish Simon every blessing in his sabbatical. We are grateful to him for all the great work thus far accomplished, and also for his willingness to maintain a link with the High School during his sabbatical and for helping with the website as a volunteer. 

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Every service held in St Johns involves the use of artistic expression spanning thousands of years of Church history. Some of the events we run however specifically seek to experiment with new forms of artistic expression and to embody the tradition we have received to express it in fresh and creative ways.

Examples of this have been using the whole building (rather than just the sanctuary) for worship, changing the seating arrangement and sit in a circle with the communion table at the center, collaboratively working on banners seeking out you tube clips and popular music and, well many more examples can be found on this page.