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Photography Exhibition at Presence

1st Feb to 2oth April 2014
All Saints Church Building,
Highcross Street,
(2 minutes walk from John Lewis)

I highly recommend going to see this exhibition if you have a moment at the weekend. The photographs are beautiful and give a wonderful insight into life at the Abbey.

While you are there why not enjoy a hot drink in the tea room and explore the creative prayer and meditation space.

To find out more about PRESENCE have a look at their website

Exhibition at Presence, All Saint's Church Leicester

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Don’t miss the ‘Journeys’ Exhibition!

15th  – 25th January 2014

‘Journeys’,  is an Exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) by children and young people from Leicester Schools.   The Leicester HMD Committee have organised the exhibition in conjunction with the Schools Development Support Agency (SDSA) and Leicester Council of Faiths.

The Exhibition is open during our Chapel Café opening times, 10.00-4.00 Monday to Friday, and 10.00-3.00 on Saturdays. Scroll down to find out more!


Ruth Joy, our Arts and Spirituality worker commented, “We are really pleased to host such a fantastic and meaningful exhibition here at Bishop Street Methodist Church. The wide variety of media and different ways the theme has been interpreted results in work which is both eye-catching and thought provoking.”

The young people, from junior schools up to sixth-forms, were invited to interpret the Holocaust theme through the title ‘Journeys’, which is this year’s theme for the HMD Trust nationally. Tony Nelson, Chair of the Leicester HMD Committee said: “We wanted to give Leicester children and young people an opportunity to think about the Journeys we all take in our lives and how they think about war, hatred and exclusion. We hope that the art exhibition will give young people of different ages an insight into understanding these issues and will help prompt discussions around the theme”

Juliet Martin from SDSA explains, “We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and HMD is an opportunity to continue this process.”

Thank you to Robin Stevenson for providing the words for this post.


The exhibition is on display in Art at the Chapel exhibition space at Bishop Street Methodist Church until Saturday January 25th. The Artwork will then be used elsewhere in Leicester or back in the schools for Holocaust Memorial Day, Monday January 27th.

Below are some photographs taken at the opening night.



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The Bishop Street 2013 Christmas Tree!

This year at Bishop street we decided to have a slightly different approach to decorating the tree. Each week throughout Advent people were invited to participate in a Christmas Tree Decorating Activity to help us focus on what Christmas is really about.

WEEK ONE:  To begin with we focused on the word HOPE. Not all presents can be wrapped up: What can we give those close to us and in the wider world this Christmas?We chose a gift tag for the tree and wrote on it what we hoped to give and receive this Christmas.

Some great suggestions were jotted down to encourage us to use our time and thoughtfulness to give gifts that can’t be bought such as offering friendship to someone who is lonely,  lifts to someone without a car, or simply a smile to brighten someones day.


WEEK TWO:  This week we contemplated PEACE and created colourful paperchains adding patterns, prayers and messages while we thought about how each person in our community is an important link with a part to play as our interaction and friendships bind us together.

WEEK THREE: Now it was time for the most important word of all… LOVE. This week we  chose a character from the nativity story and found them on a Christmas card. We imagined we were that person, putting ourself in their shoes and trying to understand what they would have been thinking and feeling at that special time in Bethlehem. We used these cards to create decorations for the tree and wrote some of our thoughts on the back.

Christmas Tree

WEEK FOUR: Finally as Christmas drew close we celebrated Jesus’ birth and all that it means to us with the word JOY. This week we made decorations which glittered and sparkled There were poems and song lyrics about Joy to inspire us as we thought about what Joy means to us.

It may not have been the most stylish or sophisicated Christmas tree out there but we loved it anyway because it was beautiful and colourful and decorated by many hands!

A big THANK YOU to everone who participated in making such a fabulously “meaning-full” tree which we all enjoyed so much.

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