I find that photography (via my phone) is a great way for me to capture the mood of how I’m experiencing life at Trinity in Inverness. We’ve become a very image based society; Instagram users alone share 3600 images every second!!! It seemed appropriate that this medium would be the basis for my blog post of words and images.
Three pairs of child shoes lay abandoned under empty pews. I’d been thinking about the loss of children from our Sunday services, and wanted to represent how that felt. Abandoned shoes are often seen in times of natural and manmade disasters, or hanging from telephone lines. What I wanted to convey, was that loss is a good place to build from. We must truly acknowledge loss before we can start the process of rebuilding. Just as Nehemiah grieved and accepted loss.
Three young people against a wall, maybe those who left their shoes behind. As I walk the streets, I still see those who maybe once filled our communities of faith, yet they often appear not in focus, possibly lost in modern living and all the demands it places on us. Yet sometimes it’s only as we get close that we recognise the faces. We need to get close, walk and talk, sit and eat, then we recognise each other. The story of the Emmaus Road event rings a bell.
We gave a group of young people a kayak, and asked them to create something around the theme of water. They said their creation was about journey and migration as humans; the dark underside of the kayak represented the dark hidden ocean below, the colours brighter as we reach the surface. The back of the boat was dark and had words of despair; the front, words of hope. The mannequin body connected to the head, showing our connection with the earth. The bandages for healing. This is what happens when you step back and let people create.
We live in our communities. We know that they are not something we simply serve, a place where we hand out the good gifts of God to a people that we perceive to be more in need than us. The poverty of mankind is all too apparent; our assurance of Christ does not set us above and beyond an imagined lesser people. We have a Common Unity, for we are a Community.
A walk on the beach is one of the most therapeutic activities we can engage with. In the busy lives we lead, it’s vital, crucial even, that we find the time and space to unplug from the hectic ravages of modern living. It’s imperative for our spiritual health that we locate the spaces where we can be alone. These are the times for reflection and contemplation. Find your spaces for peace.
Trinity Church, Inverness
About the Author
David Lynch is the Young Person and Family Worker at Trinity Church in Inverness. The church used a Go For It Research Grant to provide arts based Workshops exploring life situations, to determine the needs of local school pupils, working with the young people to identify solutions.
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