“Be still, and know that I am God”. We have created a Prayer Space in front of the altar in the Lady Chapel, with visual aids and suggestions for personal reflection. These will be changed monthly,and everyone is welcome to contribute ideas for future themes. Rev Grace Redpath will be delighted to discuss ideas with you.
On Advent Sunday, Rt Rev Dr John Armes,The Bishop of Edinburgh, blessed this new “Prayer Space” Cross, designed and hand-made by Sandie Goddard
The Prayer Space Cross
I wanted to represent St Andrew’s church and the surrounding area and so I looked at the decoration already in our church.
Our youngest grandchildren identified and listed all the colours in the two stained glass windows by the prayer space for me to use. I have attempted to use all these colours and some of the other decorative features in the work.
My early thoughts led me to the use of an application method of one particular colouring medium to represent the design.
Equally the shape of the cross became the only possible shape for the work to physically fit both the corner and the required wording.
I see this cross shape as not only being the cross of the crucifixion and symbol of Christianity but of a figure with arms opening wide to welcome all to pray.
The design of the background fabric represents at face value the landscape that surrounds Kelso with the river, hills and valleys and also the movement of water and the clouds of the sky. Both of these things always moving and changing but constant here on the cross. (Bob saw these as waves of peace and no doubt there will be other personal interpretations.)
The blue fabric of the letters links the windows, carpet and chairs in church as well as the fabric often used in the prayer corner installations. It was chosen specifically for its colour which would be visible all around the church building and also for the design upon it which to me look like seeds. This again references the agriculture of the Borders as well as sowing the word of God and the bosses on the beam across the chancel which at certain angles look like seeds.
Over the cross are small areas of silver beadwork and lines of gold-work following designs developed from the decoration of the chancel ceiling and the artwork on the pulpit. These also reflect the gold and silver on the windows and around church.
The whole work refers to the love of God, the wonders of nature and the gifts, skills and creativity that God has given to us to enjoy, as well as the gift of an invitation to prayer.
I would particularly like to thank Peter Tucker who translated my ideas and measurements into a good, solid frame for the work and for fixing it all securely to the wall. Sandra Goddard.
This month’s theme is “It’s Okay to not feel Okay”, designed by
Susan Molyneux. Here you will find a selection of helpful prayers for many occasions, some inspirational thoughts, some books, and a “Worry Tree” upon which you are invited to leave the concerns which are on your heart.
This hymn was written after the author had suffered the grievous loss of his four young children. A situation which seemed inconsolable led to these words, which many find inspirational.
The Prayer Board
You are invited to leave personal prayers on the Prayer Board. These will be included in our Intercessions at the mid-week Communion Service each Wednesday for four weeks, and then respectfully removed.
We always remember in our prayers the residents of Queen’s House, Murray House, Evanthea House, and Grove House, together with all who receive Holy Communion at home.
We continue to hold Sandra Wright in our prayers as she trains to be our Lay Reader.