Welcome to Chapel Field Road

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In the name of Christ we offer a warm welcome and encouragement in your Christian journey.

Welcome to a friendly, active church with a membership of 190, from various backgrounds and countries, and of all ages.

Come and join us!

 Worship

Sundays:
10.30 am (with activities for all ages);
6.30 pm (Upper Room)
─  Holy Communion as announced.

Wednesdays:
12.15 – 12.45 pm (Upper Room)
─  Holy Communion as announced.

Thursdays:

1.00-1.30 pm Prayers for healing (Upper Room);
6.00 pm Service in Swahili on alternate weeks (Upper Room). 

Check here for details of the Sunday Worship Services during January 2015.

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Sunday 25 January 2015
Morning Bible readings Jonah 3: 1-5, 10; 1 Corinthians 7: 29-31; Mark 10: 17-22
Introit: Kyrie eleison Ukranian Russian Orthodox: StF 750
Anthem: All people that on earth do dwell Roger Jones

10.30 am
Service led by Revd John Fenn
Preacher: Mr John Myhill, of the Society of Friends
Join us for refreshments after the service, upstairs in the Hall – there is a lift

No evening service at Chapel Field Road this Sunday

6.30 pm
NCCT United Service at Central Baptist Church, Duke Street

Sunday 1 February 2015
10.30 am
Revd John Fenn
Service of Holy Communion

6.30 pm
Revd Helen Freeston
Worship in the Upper Room

Visitors are always welcome amongst us.  On arrival, please make yourself known to one of the Stewards or the Minister.

All are welcome in this place.


 God in the Arts

He gave us eyes to see them:
Steamboat in a Snowstorm’ (Joseph Turner 1775-1851)
Steamboat in a Snowstorm
Amid the hectic, busy lives we lead, many people fall under the control of ‘the hurry syndrome.’  We have to do ‘A’ as soon as possible, and we have to get to  ‘B’ as soon as possible.  And along the way we have phone calls to make, emails to open, and Facebook and twitter and all the social media to check.  It means that we often go through the world without giving the world a second glance.  This year in these articles we are going to pause, and, as the poet says, ‘stand and stare.’  Each month we shall be looking at a painting that celebrates the wonder, the joy, the mystery, and the marvel of the created world in which we live.

Joseph Turner (1775-1851) was one of the great artists of the 19th century.  But he did little to conform to that accolade, and that is the theme of Mike Leigh’s recent film, ‘Mr Turner.’  But no matter—he was passionate about his vision of the world around him which inspired his art.  Wherever he went, he sketched and painted.  The ending of the Napoleonic wars meant that people could travel safely through Europe, and he visited Italy many times.  That country and its scenery taught him the place of light in art, which in many ways was the foundation of the paintings of his last fifteen years.  Ruskin hailed Turner as ‘a great angel of the Apocalypse… sent as a prophet of God to reveal to men the mysteries of the universe.’  Turner was not particularly religious himself, but in the paintings of his old age, he was like a creator grappling with the elemental forces of light and sky, of water and sun.

In 1842 he painted ‘Steamboat in a Snowstorm.’  We see the water and the sky and the snow all cascading around each other.  The clouds and driving snow, the churning of the water are there in abundance, and in the midst there is the steamboat trying to keep afloat and make its way through the forces of nature.  Without that title we might think this painting is a modern abstract.  With the title, we sense the wildness and the wonder of the great forces of sea and sky, snow and clouds.

This month of January can bring snow which stops the traffic and maroons us in our homes.  Here in the painting the snow and wind beat around the steamboat: it could be an image of human life tossed around by circumstance and event.  But I think Turner wanted us to see something of the extraordinary power the great forces of nature have over life—not to make us fatalistic and gloomy, but to proclaim that here in our world are mysteries and marvels that can stop us in our tracks.  It is like the voice of God speaking to Job, who has questioned the justice of God’s ways in his world.  ‘Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?’  God asks Job.  ‘Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades or loose the cords of Orion?’  Job’s response is to question no more.  He puts his hand over his mouth and looks out at the world God has created in wonder and amazement.

Michael Burgess