The Church of Christ the Healer at Burrswood dates from 1960. It is the only Church of England church building dedicated to the healing ministry.
During our stay at Burrswood Mum and I attended a healing service. There are services throughout the week mainly Holy Communion with twice weekly healing services. The concert on the Friday evening was also held in the church. We were fortunate to be able to watch it from the comfort of our room via a TV link.
The Church was already decorated for the flower festival when we went there. There were arrangements everywhere – on every windowsill, in every corner, on the font, lectern and pulpit.
When we returned to look at the flowers we were able to take in the details. In the entrance was a beautiful, bright arrangement. It was hardly a surprise to discover the title – All things bright and beautiful.
The four windows depicting saints (or angels) had inspired beautiful arrangements with objects from the windows included. The saints are (from back to front) St Raphael, St Uriel, St Gabriel and St Michael. I did not take any photos of these due to the technical challenges of tall, light windows with floral arrangements below them. (St Michael’s window is to the right of the pulpit below.)
The pulpit has carvings of a lion and of fruits. At first I didn’t notice the decorations for the flower festival around its base. They were of a darker shade than the pulpit and picked up the theme of the carving. I really liked them, but my photo does not do them justice.
The Pascal candle beside the pulpit had the title Shining Bright.
There were twenty one named arrangements in the church building. The lady attending to an arrangement entitled Reflection pointed out how she had included motifs from the light fittings – one of which is partly visible in the photo of the music corner. It was beautiful and (like all the arrangements) inspired by the context.
The lectern was adorned with a relatively simple arrangement, The Spoken Word
As an amateur musician I was drawn towards the display around the piano – Let there be music.
We also lifted up our eyes to admire the front of the balcony/organ loft where the arrangement was Lift Up Your Eyes.
A steward pointed out the changing colours (from dark to light) of the pew ends – Guiding Light.
Burrswood’s founder Dorothy Kerin pioneered “Whole person” care, looking after body, mind and spirit. This is still a Guiding Light there.
I had great difficulty in taking the next photo as the bright sunlight on the screen of my tablet made it impossible to use it as a viewfinder. This is my second attempt; almost all of the arrangement is in the frame!
Once again, congratulations to everyone involved in this exciting and inspiring event!