New Roots is keen to engage with the arts as a way of helping people live as disciples. The church his often perceived as a culture where the word reigns supreme. I once did an exercise counting up the number of words used in a service – and it came out at the length of an average assignment at masters degree level. For many this can be off-putting rather than kingdom heart-warming.
The use of music, video, pictures or sculpture can sometimes move people and draw them closer to the heart of God in ways that words fail. We are therefore pleased to profile examples where the use of the arts is encouraged. One such project is commision4mission.
Writing about itself: “commission4mission (c4m) was launched in March 2009 to encourage the commissioning and placing of contemporary Christian Art in churches ‐ as a means of fundraising for charities and as a mission opportunity for churches.
In the time that commission4mission has been in existence we have:
built up a pool of artists available for commissions; gained commissions including completed works at All Saints Goodmayes, All Saints Hutton, Christ Church Thames View, Dagenham Park Church of England School, Queens Hospital Romford, St Edmunds Tyseley, St Johns Seven Kings, St Margaret of Antioch Ilford, St Pauls Goodmayes, and St Peter’s Harold Wood;
organised a programme of exhibitions and events, including venues such as Central Hall Westminster, Chelmsford Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Stephen Walbrook, and The Strand Gallery;
organised study days on commissioning and public art; published several collections of images, meditations and prayers;
set up Art Trail and Olympics-themed projects; and
developed a blog profiling our artists and giving news of our activities.”
Take a look at the Easter commission4mission Newsletter
In this newsletter Victoria Norton has drawn together a large amount of information about their artists and current projects.
There is also information about the next commission4mission exhibition ‘Pilgrimage’ at St Saviour’s St Albans.