The Manifesto :2 (A Solution)

A Solution First off we have a choice. Do you want to; A: Play a positive part in changing the world for the better (Enabling the development of humanity). or B: Destroy life and the world? Let's assume we want to Play a positive part in changing the world...

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The Manifesto (1)

I see a world in which humanity is not reaching it's potential, I see people blocked, passive and disconnected. I see people spending their time either giving up and watching videos of cats falling off sofas, or getting very angry. Either way leads to it's...

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What is ‘being a human’?

Being a human So we have a little gathering every now and then to share a few songs and thoughts. We call it The Open Practice, 'human night'. Basically because we need some humans to respond to what we've created. Just for fun we've made some t-shirts....

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Counterpoint

Even the things that don't fit should be included in the system.... Giovani Dettori The world is full of counterpoint... Two sounds playing simultaneously create a dissonance... through counterpoint we learn to control it, work with it. In Correllies concerto grosso 8...

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Theatre space

http://www.coolhunting.com/culture/interview-simon-hammerstein-the-box?utm_source=sendicate&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2017-02-15+Inspiration+for+15+February+2017

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Wace

need to have the chairs going up the walls like ducks or in the shape of the Acts (heart) graphic.

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Letting go

Parachute with camera idea originated by Darren A. Could do this at a large festival in a crowd of people.

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Being free to express yourself through your clothes

Over the summer, me and a mate bought ourselves a pair of what can only be described as 'festival pants'... it was one of those 'I'm getting some of those pants that the dudes wear to see if their dudeness would rub off on me' moments.... We decided to both wear them...

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Our place and peace

'We all want to play a part, but only by going through the isolation of finding our own place do we find our way.' 'We all want to play a part, but only by going through the isolation of finding our own way, do we find our place and our peace.' (alternatives) 'We all...

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The endless saga of answering a calling

We only know it when we hear it. A pull, a sense, when some truth sits as a weight in the heart, asking to be listened to. What, who, why? Sometimes I wonder. It's our choice to take a step towards that yearning and see what or who is lingering with us. [soundcloud...

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Where do we get our inspiration from?

Ideas land in us, form in us, become clear in us.... I wouldn't be the first to say one feels 'in the way' when they arrive... one just does one's best to comprehend them and remember them in some form or another... and even pass them on if one thinks they might be...

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Can you help language re-development through music?

Trying to write tracks to assist in language re-development for people who have suffered a stroke... songs with gaps and repeating useful phrases... started with developing a song with my friends speech therapist (Kellyann) using George Ezra's 'Budapest' but with 'A...

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Being made for a reason..?

Be yourself, play a part and make a difference folks. Our little clay man's only mission is to re-unite the two batteries back together again.... Made with my boy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP1joJLxfY0

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Where do we get some affirmation these days?

The Walk of Affirmation (WOA!) Teamed up with The Light Project (Glyn, Rachel and Izzy) and Holy Trinity Blacon and asked local people how they experience feeling valued. For people in Blacon, people felt valued through their relationships with family and by helping...

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Art v Outreach

Frankly I think I'm caring less what you call things... if you do them and then let the world name them. If it 'moves' someone, if it 'touches', if it 'helps', if it's 'good', then let it be those things. Just present your thoughts in a way that makes sense to...

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Play Experiment… All age

Organised the first All Age Play Experiment at HBC in Chester... an open time to respond to God in your own way... and share that response will others for their encouragement. New songs, paintings, thoughts, joint pictures, words, prayers, drum beats, wandering...

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Recent images

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Courage, anxiety, change…

“If you just pick one human you can change for the better, with work that might not work — that’s what art is.” Seth Godin Seth Godin in conversation with Debbie Millman https://soundcloud.com/brainpicker/seth-godin-in-conversation-with-debbie-millman

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Release blessings

There is much to release, so many blessings to set free. From my vantage point if the Lord chooses, along the paths of life, will his hope run.

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We all see things Differently – photo walk

Get out there and shoot some shots folks! Photo walk, quick prompt sheet, cakes for prizes! Does anyone want to come on the next one? So we turned up at Delamere forest handed out the prompt sheet, had a cake as a prize for the best shot and went for it... (click...

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Songwriting saturday

Two adults, four children, 2.5 hours.... Songwriting Saturday! Quick walk, nature theme, all contributed, recorded.... and shared here.   Meg, Josh, Lucy, Sarah, Alfie and Rich

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Gather to make music

Gather to make music. 10 of us. (3 children)  1.00pm to 3.30pm. Tried the 'half hour hits' idea to generate lyrics. Also asked everyone to write down someone they liked or wanted to pray for - used these names in the 'lift 'em to the Lord' song which is written with...

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Emerging Island

A friend shared some thoughts on someone becoming an island where folk will congregate... thought I'd have a go at painting his thoughts. (two versions)

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To stop or not to stop

...so I had an image in my head.. started painting and thought, should I carry on? I like it as it is... decided to be faithful to the image I had and tried to paint the 'hole' and the steps in to the painting... the idea being we need to step into what's next for us....

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This is the world I want to live in

Seems to be a bit of this around at the moment... folk doing things for the pure joy of the moment... wanting to play their art and create something together.... Have a gathering where everyone plays a part (Hope&Social):...

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Teach me (song)

Words were written by various folk at the Pulse service at HBC  I've pulled this quick song together from those words and phrases.... Lyrics  

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Haleluya (Fire and Water)

Suddenly found myself singing this in front of goodness knows how many people at HBC on Sunday morning.... how did that happen! [soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129641109" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%"...

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Random outline

We discover how we express ourselves in a safe place, maybe through that process we learn to understand our role and how to perform it. We keep stepping towards a life where we can do that more and more. This is our worship to God. Our life becomes an act of worship,...

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The Play Experiment overview

Been involved with Hoole Baptist Church helping run the play experiment. Basically we want to enable the children to take their place in the body of Christ, both in a church 'sunday' context  and also out in life in the wider world. We're trying to do that by creating...

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Individually collective

Maybe the play experiment is a way of discovering how to 'worship' in our own way but with others. It's a bring and share. Here's something to think about, or what's on your mind... Here's a space to react to that in your own way. Here's a space to share that with...

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I don’t know…. song

Random song written in the service at HBC 8/12/13 Recorded by MADS (mummy, Alfie, Daddy, Sarah)   I don't know There's a place There's a hope There's a faith There's an 'I don't know' but you are there, you are there Oh!...

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Random song written and shared in service

Created and shared in a service....hopefully a recording to follow...   I may be in the fire and water (x3) The Lord will bring a home Hallelujah ( x3)   You may be in trouble daughter (x3) The Lord will bring a home Hallelujah ( x3)   Brother, brother...

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Film needing music….

These are John's images of a tree in the Med where the monks slash them I believe as a reminder of the suffering of Christ. Tree looks a little like body crucified.... He's seeing it being used as a reflection.... We're looking for your musical noodlings to go with...

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Make a difference

Make a difference I want to enable you to make a difference. I want you to be used by God, to make a difference. I want you to be able to discover your place, and be used by God, to make a difference. I want you to be free to experiment, to discover your place,...

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A new place

I want to see a world where everyone is valued for being themselves. I recon who we are is tied into what we're enthusiastic about. To discover who we are I recon we need to create a new space. A safe place. A place, a community, where we’re free / encouraged /...

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Oli’s song

Song, Awesome Majesty Written and performed by Oli Proctor. I recoreded this for Oli, just to get it out into the world.... ©2013 Oli Proctor

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The Great Isaiah 61 Challenge

Here's the poster for The Great Isaiah 61 Challenge... Feel free to have a go and run it it your church... We ran it at Hoole Baptist Church in Chester... with the results uploaded here as a way of them being shared and used.  

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what I do

I want to see a world where everyone is valued for being themselves. I recon who we are is tied into what we're enthusiastic about. To discover who we are, I recon we need to create a new space. A safe place. A place, a community, where we’re free / encouraged /...

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What is creativity

Is creativity simple about bringing two things together in any way that you feel you want to? Arranging, aligning, sorting.... From putting 'John' into 'accounts' to putting the dishwasher on first and then doing the ironing. Putting red with green. Aligning pictures...

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Encouraging music

Met with Meg and Mark to make a recording of Meg's song (her lyrics with an Olly Murs tune). Lyrics ©2013 Megan Chester

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‘I believe in you’ postcard

Hi, I'm a postcard. I want to travel the world encouraging people, and you can help. Order some copies of me below and let me help someone believe in themselves today. Because a little encouragement goes a long way. How many people do you want to encourage? Pack of...

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who I am

So, here's another go at who I am.... is this important?... to name it? ... Only if I want to explain what I do  beyond being there and just doing it I suppose. reminds me of this 'Richard Coan - Helping you understand and express who you are' through spending time...

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the challenge of life

Here's the notion... We are all unique. We find ourselves, by being ourselves, so in becoming ourselves, we're basically striving to be different. We naturally back off from the notion of being different, but in being different we find our place and our peace. Such is...

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usemeplease.org

I want to get away from the notion that creativity has anything to do with being artistic. But more to do with our willingness to let God use our unique expressions and insights to bless others. I wanted to set up a space for people who want God to use what they...

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Capturing

Revelation... Interpretation... Application I just want to capture the revelations and encourage it to be shared in the world. We're all unique and all have insights when things become clear in our minds. You might be looking at a beach or listening to a song......

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Andy M

'MEET MY FAMILY' By Andy Marsden This poem is about the strength/ impact of relationships with those we love, alongside their fragility. This is contrasted with the constant, everlasting relationship we have with our Heavenly Dad & the security of His promises....

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Mike

This was created as a response to The Great Isaiah 61 Challenge at Hoole Baptist Church in Chester. Words written by Mike Wood, Recorded by Richard Coan

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Nick

This recording/short film was created as a response to The Great Isaiah Challenge at Hoole Baptist Church in Chester. Nick London had the idea and created the sounds, I just recorded them and stuck them together...

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…ing

I 'discovered' these tiny images in the paint I'd mixed in two discarded paint palettes. They're accidental images if you will. They spoke to me about how we need a place to be safe, to be ourselves and reminded me of the Bob Dylan 'Shelter from the Storm' lyric:...

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making the right thing

Don't mind admitting it, I made a cake for someone! She was popping around, thought it might encourage her... I believe it did even though it tasted more like a biscuit! My daughter made her a card as well.... Sometimes the simplest of gesture can make a big...

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people still having a lot to give

Even late in life, or after trauma, I recon we all need reminding we still have much to give, from somewhere deep inside us there may still be a calling, another surge of purpose, we are all unique and precious. Let yourself be that unique person. This painting is...

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Formation of the body

Following on from this image in March  with the bubbles of people nervously being channeled.... I had this image arrive in my brain today.    

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moment of clarity

Note to self.... I find myself trying to get to know people and help them express the things they're enthusiastic about (enthuse = of God), because just by following that passion, one can reveal the true nature of God both to themselves and to others. Does that make...

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Richard

Three images created over reading Isiah 61... Anointed, At the Door ('freedom for the captives') and From Darkness. The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the...

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painting nothing

So I've tried this exercise in painting just for fun, trying to paint nothing I suppose... just fancy putting a blob here and there... just enjoying the process for the love of it. But then I took a picture of it and thought 'what if I invert all the colours .......

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Prayer mobiles

Prayer mobiles.... based on the I am film idea. Jesus, (the coloured card in this case) is the connection/bridge between you and God. Simply write your prayers or the names of people you want to be reminded to pray for onto the face cards. A visual reminder of who or...

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Creating and giving it away

Created this and gave it to a friend... I call it Nearly dawn. The act of creating to quickly give away sidesteps the 'what is this worth, is this art, what should I charge, do I sign it' questions. The notion of praying and then creating something I guess means its a...

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Making pictures come alive….

I drew this sketch years ago, but the moment presented its self that I should create a full size version of it... ... I invited a friend to put his feet and hand on the scroll and try to reach the future... as he moved forward (and left 'the present' behind) he...

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Alfie

My boy painted the picture in this film and said it was for the church  - a friend popped around and commented on it... and we played the film in a service. It was used in the context of some teaching on Isaiah 61 as below. Unfortunately I wasn't in the service for...

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Off the cuff

I've given people a couple of images to interpret into music... managed to get a record of this one... (I had the idea to do this here) A sketch, interpreted into music, applied into a setting, used by God to touch and heal hearts... during a worship practice. Hoole...

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Group activities… if you’re interested?

We met up with friends (the Bradburns) to explore expressing something of God through some 'play' (using various materials). It was introduced quite carefully in terms of not wanting to be threatened to people with the notions of needing skills to express something....

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Forgiveness

How quick is Gods forgiveness? On the turning of the tide? in the breaking of the next wave? In the moment following our confession? Sand sculpture - Lyme Regis

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Planting

To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah...

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wine

Thank you that we can join together, make our own crazy way along the journey of life, and celebrate that journey with a drink of thanks.

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Being willing

My boy made this in the service on Sunday out of palm crosses... then left it on his seat. It was then used in the service and was a blessing to someone. (strength in numbers, working together, God's hand supporting us)... and all my boy did was have a play and follow...

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I am loved

Met with some friends, got them to bring some old t-shirts. Encouraged the parent to paint/spray the shirt with stencil. 'I AM LOVED' backwards. Child puts t-shirt on and looks in mirror, reads I AM LOVED for himself. It's a message his parent wants him to know.......

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Protection

Egg in bread. (Idea from Mrs M Bradburn - UK). God's crusty walls of protection creating the space the egg to be broken into it and form into its perfect self.

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Entering

I've had this idea for an art installation. Its called Enter. Initially it was translucent hanging screens, then I thought it should just be a dotted line on the floor, then screens that were pulled up from the centre by someone who entered the area, then as stone...

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10 minutes

I drew and shared these pics and some thoughts with five people during an HBC service...  which  seemed, to them, to be a pretty positive thing to do! The whole process took about 10 minutes.... and I do like the word willingness on the page. Just goes to show you...

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finding one direction

Made this to cheer a friend up.... I think it worked. She's a One Direction fan (song on film) - I just said I was bonding with my new direction (or rather my one direction!)... then it occurred to me, that is what I was doing!, bonding with my new direction......

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Healing

Image shared to encourage a friend... Your healing hand, you have a gift, a stop, a start, a touch. This is your healing hand, its the healing hand of you on others, it may only be one but what a one.   Comment: It seemed important to send it straight away and it...

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Growth

The Auricula... It grows on barren rocks. There is hope for us all, one's environment need not be a barrier for our own growth.

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Out pouring

I feel like this could be a prophesy/vision for HBC in Chester. The 'pages' are an outpouring of unedited expressions Psalm 133 1 How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the...

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Mustard Seed bubbles…

Painted during the service at Hoole Baptist Church 3/3/13 The first image 'Nervous', for me, represents new ideas or directions (as bubbles), nervously floating through a newly opened doorway. that has been broken down out of the way for them. The second image 'Rising...

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Reflektees T-shirts

I put these together at the end of last year... Reflektees. Amazing mirror image t-shirts about the promises of God, encouragement, acceptance & hope ...look in the mirror and feel gooood. Isn't time you wore something that just made you feel good about yourself?...

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A thief is commin’

Outside a thief is commin' Steel my heart Lord The truth will set you freeThis is a one take worship 'expression',  recorded with  an RC30 looper.

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…place and way

....a description of true direction, place and way. This is an invented word to tie in with the wace images. The theme being of how, although we are the same substance, we can be changed into something new to take our place in the world as God on tended.

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Regrets

Apparently, this was the most common regret of all when people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it

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I am happy

Fifty thousand people, fifty thousand people  and nothing to say.... Thanks to groble for the original image of the person on stage.  

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