As a Christian community at the heart of Muswell Hill we try to offer a range of services and activities to embrace everyone, including those investigating faith, those seeking to find out more about God or know Him better and those interested in exploring new ways of engaging with Him through prayer and worship.
With this in mind, we have just started a new service “Creative Compline” which focuses particularly on how we meet with God through expressing gifts of creativity. Compline is the name given to the Order for Night Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer and this new gathering draws on the concept of meeting with God in the evening; all are welcome but this is aimed particularly at anyone who would like to be part of a group expressing their creative gifts in worship.
Creative Compline has been launched under the umbrella of Dei Artistry, the creative arts department at St James. Working alongside Revd Peterson Feital, Curate at St James, Sue McKay, a member of the church community and a local artist is the organiser for this new initiative.
Sue explains: “We’re aware that there are many in our community who are interested in using their creative and artistic gifts in worship and prayer. In setting up Creative Compline, our aim is to welcome people with these gifts and interests to a space where we can encourage each other to meet with God, giving time to honour Him and also to meet with one another. Combining traditional and contemporary Christian materials, we will do this sometimes using structured prayer, together with different creative ways of responding to God including poetry, video, art and film etc.
“After our first Compline at the beginning of July we had some positive feedback from people who came along. We are open to trying different things which help us focus on God and to seeing the idea develop as we go. We’d love Creative Compline to be a place where group members can use their gifts and express themselves; as such, we expect it to be a place for joy and laughter as well as a place where we can share sorrows and struggles.”
Creative Compline takes place in the side chapel of St James on the first Wednesday of every month (please enter by the side door on St James’s Lane). The dates for the rest of the year are: 4 September, 2 October, 6 November and 11 December. If you are interested in finding out more please email: [email protected]