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BARBARA KEAL WRITES
I am the instigating artist for “coat of hopes”, a traveling, community created work of performance craft. The coat of hopes will be a patchwork coat made up of pieces of blanket, embellished with the griefs, remembrances, prayers and hopes of people from up and down the UK. (see map below). Worn by many and varied “coat pilgrims” it will have patches made by local people added to it as it is walked from Newhaven to Glasgow for UN climate conference COP 26. During the conference we will invite world leaders to try the coat on, to feel the weight and the warmth of our gathered hopes.
My hope is that the coat will be able to carry some voices that are rarely raised. It is not making a demand, but living a story. Its work is to share stories, build connections, start conversations and by its beauty, born of the energy committed to its creation and journey, maybe make that little space in which hearts can be changed.
We are very pleased to announce that the Reverend Ben Brown has been appointed as the next Rector of this Benefice. Ben is currently Team Vicar in the Merstham and Gatton Team Ministry in the Diocese of Southwark. He trained as an actor and worked in children’s theatre and in publishing before studying for the priesthood at Westcott House in Cambridge. He loves film, theatre, music and reading and he has a particular interest in Christian spirituality. He is married to Rachael, who is a sculptor and art therapist. We look forward to welcoming Ben and his family to Lewes. We do not as yet have a date for his induction service, but we will let you know as soon as we hear more.
Feasts and special services can be seen under Services.
The First Sunday Recital Series is held on the first Sunday of each month at 3pm. The series re-started on 6 June, and following that, extra recitals have been added (on other Sundays in the month) in order to accommodate Recitals that were missed because of Lockdown. Admission is free and there is a retiring collection in aid of church funds. Recitals range from organ music to song and small instrumental groups. Players range from international soloists to students from the East Sussex Academy of Music.
St Michael’s is also a popular venue for concerts. Forthcoming concerts are listed in the Event Calendar.
We have recently spent over £170,000 on improvements and repairs, including £55,000 on restoring the church organ.