Poetry can draw our attention to things we hadn't noticed and challenge us to look below the surface. The work of some poets lends itself particularly to use by small groups looking at church life, community and prayer - think of the later poems of John Donne, the work of George Herbert, and TS Eliot's Four Quartets or Journey of the Magi. Most of the poems here were written by ArtServe members and unless stated otherwise may be reproduced and used locally with due acknowledgement to the author.

These poems are tied to a particular season of the Church’s year. We hope to continue publishing seasonal poems by ArtServe members throughout the year. If you would like to submit a poem for consideration, please email our journal editor.

A poem that weaves thoughts of Easter with those of Christ's birth, inspired by silent nights and still mornings looking out over Dartmoor.

This poem about the annunciation, by the Revd David Stolton, is written from the angel gabriel's point of view ...

This poem, by the Revd David New from Worcester, was inspired by Thomas Denny's windows.
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This poem, by the Revd David New from Worcester, was inspired by Thomas Denny's window at St Peter, Martley, in Worcestershire.
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ArtServe member Catherine James read theology at Exeter and Lancaster, and has had a career in teaching. She lives in Derby and is a Methodist local preacher. Catherine says about her poetry: 'My poems often begin as reflections about landscapes and the natural world, or as observations from my travels and places visited. I find that these then often evolve into expressions of my faith.'

Another poem by ArtServe member Catherine James.