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Grace | Ten | 11-2003

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'Ten' was Grace's tenth anniversary celebration. The first part of the event ran from 4.30pm to 6pm, for parents and children. The installations from 'Moments of Grace' had been set up around the church for people to play with - we had found that they were popular with children at Greenbelt. There was no formal service as such in this part, just some words of dedication and a cake with candles for the children [the adults would get theirs later].

Adam lights the candles of the children's cake.

These are the first set of photos shot with a digital camera - Canon EOS 300D, 6.3Mpx - astonishing at the time. But it still struggled with low light, trying to over-brighten the image and making it grainy and saturated. It took a while to tame.

The 'Moments of grace' installations were set up around the church, for people to play with outside the short main liturgy. Above is 'Generous grace'.

At last, a shot of the 'Brownie points' installation with children's faces in the holes.

'Hidden grace' with the coloured glasses.

'The mystery of grace' proved unphotographable at Greenbelt, until I had a digital camera.

The line of LED lights on the left is programmed with the Grace logo - but this is only visible, seeming to float in the air, when you move your head [next photo]!

The retinas of your eyes retain the image of what you see for a short while - a phenomenon called 'persistence of vision'. The LED line cycles through the vertical lines of the Grace logo. By moving your head at the right speed you spread the lines out across the retina - and persistence of vision means they stay there long enough for you to see the complete image. Moving the camera at the right speed does the same thing across the film [or CCD in a digital camera] as above.


Adam also created the Grace logo from blue LEDs in a plastic 'string' threaded through card.

There was a 'Grace tat' corner filled with memorabilia from ten years of Grace - publicity materials, significant records [Grace's and other peoples], t-shirts, items from services, secular magazines which had mentioned Grace, etc.





At 8pm there was a short informal service. For the first 20 minutes people were invited to play with the 'Moments of grace' installations.

Altar cloth with stencils by Joel Baker.

Steve Lawson played his distinctive ambient bass guitar with loops and sound effects as background for this part.

Then a number of people associated with the beginning of Grace spoke - Mike Rose and Mike Starkey who started it, Jo Valpy who was in the original team, and Dave Tomlinson who was guest speaker at the first service. Above, Mike Rose.

Mike Starkey

Jo Valpy

Dave Tomlinson

Jonny Baker

Holy Communion, using an adapted version of our Greenbelt 1999 Eucharist liturgy.


After this the Bishop of Willesden led prayers and a blessing.

Jenny Baker's extraordinary Grace logo birthday cake, washed down with champagne.


Yrekcirtcele provided background music and visuals to the cake and champagne.


Then we went outside for fireworks. And Moya made a Grace logo out of sparklers.

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