Through a glass darkly

Recently, I went back to the church, and thought how strangely unsatisfying stained glass is from the outside.

Then as I crept closer, I wondered if I might see through the window to the stained glass on the other side.

I pressed my iPhone to the window and took this rather bleak photo.

Then I popped around the church to do the same thing from the other side – hoping that the afternoon light would shine through more strongly from the south.

It did, but the photo was not exactly cheerful.

I wondered what the Israelites might have thought, in their Babylonian exile, if one of them had been able to pop back and sneak a photo of the inside of Solomon’s temple.

Now that the clergy have been allowed back inside, the church looks much better.

If the exiles in Babylon had been able to watch Facebook Live, and so on, perhaps there would have been less wailing and gnashing of teeth…?

Sorry if this seems frivolous. I have been sitting on these bleak photos while the church was out of access, and now that it’s back in use I suppose I’ve cheered up a bit.

Objects of Hope

You’re invited to make a video of yourself talking about an object that’s important to you.

Here’s the idea: take one thing, whether it’s a mug, a postcard, a painting, or some other object that’s meaningful for you, and talk about it as an object that gives you hope during the pandemic. Great to make theological/faith connections too if you like, but not essential.

This is an open project for everyone – if you know anyone who would like to contribute, feel free to spread the word. Everyone is welcome to participate. All ages, any object.

We need this by Wednesday 27 May. Could be really rough and simple, just you and the camera – nothing fancy or formal. 3 minutes is the perfect length.

If you’d like to take part, send your video to ayla@hampsteadparishchurch.org.uk .

Using WeTransfer.com to send the video is best, because the files will be too big for regular email.

Looking forward to seeing your amazing objects!