‘Changing the rule book is what Grace is all about’

May 8, 2013

Four in Fire(Connection

MAKING MELODIES: Musician and joint festival organizer Dylan Thomas of Four and the Fire plays with The Connection at Grace 2013.


Dave Griffiths

SOLO ACT: Dave Griffiths of Bournemouth plays at Crispin Hall, Street, on Bank Holiday Monday.


Ian Meade

SOUND JUDGEMENT: Technician Ian Meade helps the bands to find the perfect pitch.


GRACE Festivals are flourishing into their seventh year of serving central Somerset.

It is the culmination of a vision of Grace Community Church (formerly Mid Somerset Community Church) and Street Harvest Church.

It is an annual celebration of the visual and performing arts celebrated in an atmosphere of fun and food.

The festival has now established itself as a major event in Glastonbury’s calendar in the first Bank Holiday weekend in May and is a unique opportunity for visitors to interact with international artists, musicians, performers and artists. One of the prominent acts this year was the American poet Peter Nevland.

On Bank Holiday Monday The Crispin Hall hosted a number of live artists headed by groups Four In The Fire, Trip to Dover, The Connection, Cherith Music and solo artists Tom Whitman and Dave Griffiths. They were ably being supported by technician Ian Meade. Previous Bank Holiday Mondays have seen the Abbot’s Kitchen as a venue.

Earlier in the day Street Harvest Church hosted a barbecue opposite the Crispin Centre with community art projects and a bouncy castle in tow.

GCC pastor Tony Martin said: “It’s the whole part of Grace to provide an opportunity for the community to experience the Grace of God in creative ways and also particularly for artists to rise up in who they are and to be a forum for them.”

Dylan Thomas, pastor of Street Harvest Church said: “It isn’t just one big weekend but impacts on everything we do and it gives us that opportunity to sow it to people’s lives and simply would not be touched by traditional church structures.”

Artist Alistair Pirrie added: “In my work I love working with nature. My work is a response to the life and beauty I see around me. I go into the fields to sketch and turn them into paintings. A lot of what I feel about the show is the joy in it and that is what I like to share with people in Glastonbury.

“Grace enables that to happen. It’s not just all the visual arts but all the music that goes on and the bands that play and all the other things that go on in the town such as the free food.”

Fellow artist Ruth Morland said: “It’s nice to get something different in the town and to encourage the Christian side of it. It nice to see some artists that aren’t local at all. It attracts a different side of person altogether and it’s very complimentary. It is a very welcoming place and should be for everybody.”

Musician and teacher Daniel Shaw believes that making the festival free has been a real game changer and opened up opportunities to share music with others and meet new artists.

Dan said: “It is a great opportunity to bring all my passions together. We have music and I love art and I love creativity and it’s great to bring that altogether with the community and I’m not just teaching music, but I’m sharing my music with them and sharing others music but we are also worshiping God.

“It’s really good to feel that we are giving something back to the community and people are astonished when they find out that it is free. I love the idea of taking money out of the equation. It’s great to be able to do that and it changes the rule book totally. That’s what Grace is all about.”


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cathy edis May 9, 2013 at 9:56 am

Really enjoyed reading this. Are there other Grace events at other parts of the country and in other months of the year? We should do something like this up at Alexandra Palace!


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