Creative Spirit

 ‘Creative Spirit’

a new resource for the Church based on the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art                        


“It worked very well, with a group who are not particularly clued up about art.” (house group leader)

This is a rich resource for group and individual exploration based on works of art depicting the Christian story. It is designed to encourage people to respond imaginatively and creatively to the Bible, from a non-didactic approach. Compiled by Sarah Middleton, Elizabeth Moore, David Hollingsworth and Neil Thorogood who are artists and educationalists from within the Methodist Church, Church of England and United Reformed Church.


Who is it for?

House groups

Local Preachers and leaders of worship

Retreat and Quiet Day leaders

School and youth groups

Individuals wanting a fresh, art-based approach to personal devotion

 What does it comprise?

CREATIVE SPIRIT is a series of eight study sessions on disc, inspired by images from the prestigious Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art.

Each DVD case contains a booklet and two discs: a DVD for TV use; a Powerpoint CD designed principally for projection from a computer onto a large screen. The 48-page booklet contains notes for leaders, questions helping viewers to explore the paintings, prayers, bible readings and further material for deepening discipleship. It includes outline study sessions, comments from visitors to exhibitions of the Methodist Art Collection, information on the eight artists featured, and colour reproductions of these 20th/21stcentury works of art:

  1. Dalit Madonnaby Jyoti Sahi
  2. Nathaniel (asleep under the fig tree)by Mark Cazalet
  3. Storm over the lakeby Eularia Clarke
  4. The pool of Bethesdaby Edward Burra
  5. The healing of the lunatic boyby John Reilly
  6. Aimez-vous les uns les autres (Love one another) by Georges Rouault
  7. The cross over the cityby Michael Edmonds
  8. Untitled-Pentecostby John Brokenshire                                                                                                                                                          


Session material in the booklet may be photocopied for one-off use. The full Collection is reproduced on the discs.

Price £9.99 plus £2.50 p&p                                                             


Three ways to order:

- online:

- by phone: 0844 736 2524

- by post: PO Box 10378, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 9FT. Cheques payable to     Magnet Resources.


CREATIVE SPIRIT is published by the Trustees of the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art, with the generous support of Southlands Methodist Centre, Magnet Resources and The United Reformed Church.

Copyright: Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes.  ISBN 0-9538135-3-3

Further details from Sarah Middleton (trustee of the Methodist Church Collection of Modern Christian Art) email address:          






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