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ArtServe is ten years old this year – come and help us celebrate!
We have a packed programme for this, our celebration year, and we hope that you will want to join us.
Following the pattern of the past two years, there will be opportunities to explore different creative activities in smaller groups as well as time to share experiences together. You will meet old friends and new.
We are particularly excited this year that Riding Lights Theatre Company will be joining us. They will be providing two optional workshops, one on bringing the Bible alive for church readings, and the other on giving people the tools for creating dramas and sketches they can use in their own church contexts. Then, on Saturday evening, they will entertain us all.
At the bottom of this page you can see a selection of photos from last year's festival.
The programme for the weekend
Friday 18 October
Arrive at The Hayes from 4.00 pm onwards to register and settle in your room.
Getting to know each other and linking up with old friends is an important part of our Festival weekends. Once again, we will start by gathering in small groups.
We will then enjoy our first meal together at 6.45 pm, following which Andrew Nicholson (who many will remember from last year) will introduce us to Divine Drumming. There will be time for making music and worshipping together before repairing to our rooms or to the bar.
Saturday 19 October
We start the day with (optional) morning prayer, followed by breakfast. After this a brief housekeeping session will be followed by two 90 minute sessions in which you can choose from a variety of creative activities.
You will be invited to choose two from a range of possible workshop sessions, including:
- Speaking and presenting
- Using artwork as a focus in worship
- Flower arranging
- Wood carving as prayer
Following last year’s pattern, ArtServe’s AGM will take place immediately after lunch, and we hope that some people who are not able to come to the Festival itself will want to join us. After a cup of tea we can choose a third, longer, session to enjoy for the rest of the afternoon.
If you want to come to the AGM even though you aren't attending the rest of the festival, we can welcome a few additional people for lunch at a cost of £10.00 – please email . Bear in mind also that you can attend the whole of the Saturday as a day visitor.
After tea, you will be invited to choose from a selection of activities including:
- Drama and storytelling
- Using collage for intercessory prayer
- Responding to scripture in word and image
- Finding God in creation
- Dancing for worship
Riding Lights: Lit Up!
Ignite your theatrical senses and join Riding Lights Theatre Company for a sparkling evening of switched on entertainment! This latest incarnation of Riding Lights is currently travelling to communities across the UK, performing to all who care to catch them in a whole range of places and spaces … churches, schools, prisons included.
On Saturday evening they will serve you with illuminating extracts from their new show. A celebration of glowing story-telling. The performance will be followed by a Q&A session.
Sunday 20 October
Once again, optional early morning prayer is followed by breakfast. We then divide into small groups to prepare for the closing worship.
After a break for coffee, we gather for a structured session on the theme of using creativity to serve others. This will include presentations from ArtServe members sharing approaches and strategies that have worked in their contexts.
The climax of the weekend, our closing worship and celebration, will take place after lunch and we will be ready to depart by 4.00 pm.
Our leaders for the weekend
Session leaders will include:
- Andrew Nicholson, from Random Acts of Wonder
- Corinne Tournay, priest and artist
- Jonathon Hemingray, sculptor
- Sarah Middleton, from The Methodist Modern Art Collection
- Jo Richards, dancer
We are particularly excited this year that Riding Lights Theatre Company will be joining us.
They will provide two optional workshops on Saturday, one on bringing the Bible alive for church readings, and the other on giving people the tools for creating dramas and sketches they can use in their own church contexts.
Then, in the evening, Riding Lights will entertain us all with an exciting performance, followed by a question and answer session.
We are delighted that the Revd Erica Bebb, who was such an engaging and successful chaplain at High Leigh last year, has agreed to be our festival chaplain again this year.
Celebrate and Serve is at:
Swanwick, Alfreton, DE55 1AU
The Hayes is a well-equipped Christian conference centre set in beautifully maintained gardens and grounds. It offers comfortable modern bedrooms and extensive facilities including a residents lounge, sports facilities, games room, and licensed bar, along with friendly, efficient staff. Free wireless internet is available is available.
The Hayes Conference Centre is only five miles from the M1. The nearest railway station is Alfreton on the Sheffield-Nottingham and Liverpool to Norwich lines.
For full details about The Hayes and its facilities, please visit the The Hayes website.
The all-inclusive cost of the weekend, including accommodation for two nights and all meals, is £205 per person for a single room or £185 per person for a shared room.
Most people prefer en suite accommodation, but some standard single rooms are available for £190.
We would love some younger people to come. Reduced rates are available for young people up to 19 years of age, and there is no charge for children under five.
You can also attend all or part of the weekend on a non-residential basis as a day visitor.
* Note: where some members of the group are eligible for discounts and others are not, it will be the one with the largest discount who goes free.
How to book
The best way is to book online. Members, please log in first to save entering your personal details. You can book online even if you pay by cheque.
To book by post please download the postal booking form. Send postal bookings to ArtServe membership at 51 Blakehall Road, Carshalton, SM5 3EZ.
We require a deposit of £50 per person at the time of booking. The balance is payable by 30 September 2019.
You can pay the deposit by direct bank transfer, by PayPal (using a debit/credit card or your PayPal account), or by cheque. To pay your deposit by PayPal, please complete the online booking form and then click the PayPal button on the 'thank you' screen.
If you wish to pay the total amount at the time of booking that is fine, but please note that we don't offer PayPal as an option for paying the full amount.
Although primarily a residential weekend, you can attend on a non-residential basis for the whole weekend or any combination of days.
The cost for Saturday only (including lunch and dinner) is just £60. To attend the whole festival as a day vistor (including dinner on Friday evening) costs £135.
For full details please download the brochure.
Photos from last year's festival
Our 2018 festival The Word around us was held at High Leigh from 19-21 October. The theme of the festival reflected a desire to engage with scripture in imaginative ways that make it relevant to life in our modern, secular world.
A selection of photos from the 2018 festival