‘Church’ is the word used to describe people gathering around Jesus. Yet today we tend to use the word to describe buildings.
The early church had no buildings. The churches existed wherever the Christians chose to meet.
Today many people and congregations are still meeting in different places and situations, some out of abundant choice and preferences, others out of lack of choice and physical or political restrictions.
People don’t go to church, they are the church. People worship through music, dance, creativity, silence, meditation, laughter, tears. They meet inside, outside, in cities, in fields, in slums, in prisons, in palaces, in public and in private…God meets people where they are.
Through this series of photographs, collected from the UK and overseas, we want to explore the many ways ‘church’ happens; the ways in which people ‘gather around Jesus’.
The exhibition is available to be borrowed by churches or other venues. Please contact us for more info.
[These photographs were a part of an exhibition displayed in the church by Cheryl Homer, the church Arts Co-ordinator]