Two innovations

3229147813_6629547f51_oTwo rather fun innovations at church yesterday. It had been suggested to me that it might be a good idea to run a guided tour of the church. Indeed, it was.

About 30 people gathered after the 1030 service for a guided tour. The theme of the tour was the seven traditional sacraments so we started at the font and worked our way round to the old resurrection chapel, where we had a look (and a sniff) at the holy oils.

If anyone was wanting to know the history of anything, they probably went away disappointed. I don’t tend to do history with any great level of conviction. It was a great way to have a group conversation about the sacraments though and I guess that most people saw one or two things in the Cathedral that they had never seen before.

The other innovation was an invitation to photographers to come and take pics of the building. This innovation had been tacked onto the guided tour just a week ago, but sure enough, photographers arrived and have produced some great photos. (Hardly any of the photographs are of me, but we will let that pass this time).

You can see their results on the St Mary’s Flickr Pool page.

Some of the same photographers had also been at Lansdowne Church last week for a similar photo-gathering. Some great Lansdowne pics here.

Many thanks to Gordon Smith, who issued the invitation to the photographers and who took the pic on this blog post. Check out his Flickr page too, not least for his slightly surreal photo of Chickens in the Snow (Without Snow).


  1. Zebadee says

    hi uncle kelvin,
    this is from your greatest fan and the bestest niece in the history of girls!!!
    i think the pics of your church are brilliant!!! especially the one that is done like a sketch!! it was nice seeing you in england shire in january!! i am sat here now with thee old grandparents!!! the boys are fine sat on there nintendo’s(as usual!!) high school is so great i like it so much more than primary making lots of new friends and also going to church there!! hope to see you soon……..
    love from the bestest niece in the world=NH x x

  2. Kirstine says

    Pssst Kelvin!
    If you look at the other photos in the series, you’ll see some snow. Besides which, it is a highly meaningful illustration of what chickens tend to do ‘in the snow’; namely they sensibly try to stay out of it!

  3. Gordon says

    Stop worrying Kelvin! I have just added my photographs to the site. Knowing your penchant for photos, I have included no less than 11 of your good self. Thank you again for welcoming the flickr group into St Mary’s I have had lots of very positive feedback about your tour and the building.

  4. “Innovation” suggests this event may recur – I DO hope so – having kept my bugs at home in my sick bed, I was most disappointed to have to miss the fun – but thankfully not ALL of it – I have heard great comments from various people, and now have seen some tremendous photographs – thanks Kelvin for the inspiration, and thanks to all photographers for sharing your results.

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  6. Elizabeth says

    Here, here for doing it again! What a talented bunch of photographers.

  7. Shona says

    wherever do you get all those good ideas?

  8. Like I said Shona, it was a great idea!

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