Stop Press News 2017

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Do check out our amazing highlight archive from 2016
Many of the popular events to run again in 2017


Graffiti Wall Youth Event just one of the many fantastic events for young people during Christian Arts Festival 2016.

As you see, the 3 local artists and loads of kids really did ‘Brighten up their Neighbourhood’ and made a huge splash with vibrant colour and imagery to celebrate the new Festival and put it on the map in Cheltenham.

There will definitely be a repeat of this wonderful collaboration next year.

The Big Sing was a fantastic event with Bishop of Gloucester, Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, opening the Festival at this thrilling launch with 600 singers and a large orchestra directed by David Ogden.  Christians, non-churchgoers, all faiths and none took part including Midlifechoirsis and the Gloucestershire Youth Choir.  An event not to be missed next year – in your diary for next year – Saturday 22 April, 2017

Journey Through Conflict – This event held at Christ Church sold out very quickly and was hugely well received. Major General Andy Salmon shared his heartfelt response and the wartime reality of 3 tours of duty, spanning 19 years of turmoil in Iraq, concluding with Andy being the last British General in Basra. He used 3 works of art collected from these campaigns, suffused with live solo piano improvisation. At the beginning of the event there was a Call to Prayer by Ismail Ginwalla MBE and Revd Tim Mayfield closed with a choral prayer. As a result of this cultural event, a flourishing relationship has developed between Anglican Vicar and Muslim community leader, and has also led to an invitation from Vicar to Ismail Ginwalla to lead an evening inter-faith event at Christ Church in the autumn, and gratitude from the Vicar for the CAF event without which their paths would never have crossed. Two very diverse communities, geographically and socially, coming together under a church roof.

iSingPop: Singing and movement training in Gloucester Road Primary, non faith school, located in a relatively deprived part of Cheltenham. Songs contain principally Christian message, such as hope and togetherness, while not being overtly Christian. Recorded children singing on CD and delivered performance in Christchurch. Parents, friends and family were invited to the performance. The headmistress from the school was overwhelmed with the way the children engaged with the event and was delighted and surprised with the attendance for the evening performance, both from the children and the parents. She commented that she had never seen so many parents at an evening event. Teachers observed how recent immigrant children who had joined the school in the last few weeks, had begun to really engage with other children during this event with smiles on their faces. Christ church personnel extended warm welcome as well as further invitation to other events.

Vibrant, colourful and contemporary
The future of our faith and Church. Young people loved to engage.
Open the Book Art Competition and Exhibition for Primary School Children ‘My favourite Bible Story’
Over 150 attended the Prize Giving at Emmanuel Church. The Children are so excited when the storytellers come into their schools to re-enact bible stories at their assemblies always with a message for today.
The Rock hosted workshops for young people in Mono-Print, Film Making and Photography. PJ Crook MBE, International Artist and Duncan Smith, the Mayor awarded the prizes for the best entries to the Competition with words of inspiration and encouragement. The exhibition then moved to the Hub Gallery, Christ Church.