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Weaving peace, prayer and Pentecost together

by Michael Ford last modified 28 May, 2021 07:47 PM

Rural crafts such as weaving have continued for generations, but new forms continue to emerge - and fuel faith as they do so.

Weaving peace, prayer and Pentecost together

A pupil weaves at Easterton School

School Improvement Adviser Nicola Coupe says:

"The Benefice of the Lavingtons, Cheverells and Easterton got weaving in a Pentecost Prayer Space that was blessed in church last Sunday [23rd May].

"Making use of a metal grid and some strips of flame-coloured cloth donated by villagers, the prayer activity began at the benefice service in St Barnabas Church, Easterton, where the Revd Marion Harrison blessed the parishioners’ prayers and weavings before they were taken up to the school for families to use during the week.

"Lindsay Clough, the headteacher of St Barnabas Primary School in Market Lavington, was delighted to share the activity with the school community and said afterwards:

“We have all really enjoyed the process and it is quickly becoming a unique piece of art!”

"At the same time as some of the very youngest children in the benefice were weaving at school, a second grid was set up in St Peter’s Church porch in Great Cheverell where villagers could pause, pray and write messages and prayers as they reflected upon how their actions could be an outliving of the Holy Spirit into the local community.

"With questions such as ‘How are you living out the Fruits of the Spirit, such as Gentleness, in your life?’ visitors to the space were encouraged to think also how God might be weaving them into His ‘big story’.

Weaving peace, prayer and Pentecost together- boy weaves artwork at Easterton School 

"This artwork is just one of a few prayerful activities that have involved schools within the benefice over the past year, helping to build the community at a time when it has been more difficult to meet in person.

"The project ideas have come from a small group of parishioners working together with Revd Marion and with school leaders. The resulting child-friendly and inter-generational worship activities have been displayed in church and have been enjoyed by many during times of private prayer.

If you would like more information on the Pentecost Prayer Space, please contact the benefice office on .

The finished artwork on display
Weaving peace, prayer and Pentecost together- finished artwork at Easterton School

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