One of the many things I love about Discover DeCrypt is the opportunity to celebrate some of the stories of the women, men and children who have worshipped in the church and studied in the schoolroom over the centuries. We know some of their names but most are simply held in the memory of God. Their stories are interwoven with the stories of the many and various visitors, volunteers, parishioners and friends who are involved in Discover DeCrypt today.
At the heart of Discover DeCrypt lies our vision: Faith, Story, Life. We seek to share our faith in Jesus Christ, the story of our history and heritage and the life of our city. In this season of Lent, Christians are encouraged to put the story of God first rather than allow ourselves to be tempted by other priorities. In the regeneration of St Mary de Crypt Church and the Old Crypt Schoolroom, we have put God first. We are not simply in the business of regenerating buildings, rather transforming lives in and through the building of community. There are all sorts of ways that this is lived here, underpinned by an inclusive faith in Jesus Christ. I invite you to take a look at what we offer and ‘come and see.’
Through the Day with Mary
Give yourself some time for reflection this Lent. Join us on Monday 23 March for a Quiet Day led by The Revd Dr Sandra Millar, Head of Welcome and Life Events, Evangelism and Discipleship. This day will focus on four moments in the life of Mary, Mother of Jesus to help us think about our own journey of faith during Lent. There will be times of silence and stillness as well as suggestions for creative prayer in the wonderful space of Discover DeCrypt. Come whether you long to pray or have prayed for a lifetime – all are welcome. Bring your own lunch; tea and coffee will be available throughout the day. Please reserve your place by booking online. We invite a small donation of £5 if you are able - but if not please don't let that stop you from coming.
Coffee, Cake and Conversation in the Schoolroom 10.30am-12.30pm
Prayers for the City
All are welcome.
Celebrating women...all over the world Sunday 8 March. 2.00-4.00pm
We'll be marking International Women's Day on Sunday 8 March with Raised Voices, an afternoon of poetry hosted by Josephine Lay for Gloucestershire Poetry Society. Join us in the Schoolroom at 1.45pm for tea, coffee and some fantastic poetry from a host of local poets with Alby Stockley, Angela France, Sharon Larkin, Sharon Savoury, Tish Camp and Zoe Brooks.
The first International Women's Day was in 1911. Since then things have moved on for many of us, but there are still women all over the world for whom life is an unequal battle. International Women's Day celebrates the achievements of women all over the globe and marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.
Raised Voices is a free event, but a collection will be taken for The Nelson Trust, the local charity supporting women affected by substance misuse, deprivation, abuse, trauma and offending.
Women's Day Funtastic Community Fair Saturday 7 March 10.00am-3.00pm
Love Viva Cakes and Crafts returns with other local bakers and makers for another wonderful Community Fair - this month celebrating women everywhere. If you missed it last time, now's the chance to see what all the fun is about...
Photo credit: Love Viva Cakes and Crafts
Summer Art Workshops - now booking
We are delighted to announce the start of our season of Art Workshops beginning with Willow Weaving on 16 May. Expert local willow weaver Helen Lomberg will be teaching the skills of this traditional craft in a one-day workshop focussing on garden structures. Participants will learn how to create woven plant supports and tipis and make 2 or 3 pieces to take home with them. Places are limited so please book early via our website www.discoverdecrypt.org.uk Later in the season there will be the chance to make your own jewellery with Michael Dean, create a ceramic chicken with Pete Garrard and learn how to paint with pastels with David Brindley. Full details and booking available on the website.
Vittoria Quartararo Lunchtime Recital Saturday 21 March 1.00pm
Talented young pianist Vittoria Quartararo will be giving a 45 minute recital of contemporary music as part of her UK tour sponsored by the Goethe Institute, Cologne.
Vittoria studied in Italy and Germany and now performs across Europe with a number of ensembles both in the classical tradition and in more experimental projects, bringing in improvisation and musical theatre. She was Artist-in-Residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris in 2019.
The recital will be free with a retiring collection.
Rainbow Cuppa @ DeCrypt
Wednesday 25th March
LGBTQ+ folk and straight allies are warmly invited to come for a chat and a cuppa in the Schoolroom from 1pm - 3pm. Hosted by LGBTQ+ Partnership Cheltenham, Gloucestershire and beyond.
with Three Shires Craft Guild Fair
Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 March 10.00am-4.00pm
Over Residents’ Weekend at the end of March we will be again hosting the Three Shires Craft Guild Fair, so even more of an incentive to visit these beautiful buildings. There will be guided tours as usual and the chance to browse some beautiful hand-made crafts and edibles. Entrance, as always, is free.
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