Using the arts to develop our relationship with God

Rev Ellen Loudon, River Arts Co-ordinator, tells us about the work of the network, which brings together Christians with an interest in the arts.



Rev Ellen Loudon, River Arts Co-ordinator, tells us about the work of the network, which aims to bring together Christians with an interest in or expertise in the arts.

Before ordination Ellen worked in the arts and also taught performing arts at Edge Hill. Her experience in this area made her acutely aware of the power of bringing the arts and faith together.

Ellen said “The very first thing God did was to show that he was a creative God. The heart of God's personality is creation... [being creative] inspires us to have a vision and a notion of what God is like.”

Ellen also says that arts can help in our own churches – inspiring creative worship, providing opportunities to work with the community, sharing inspirational pieces of art and appreciating the creativity of God and engaging with people in and outside our church communities. The River Arts Network even held its own art exhibition last year.

Ellen also tells us about the latest River Arts events – on May 17th Andy Flannagan will perform at St Luke the Evangelist church, and on 18th May he will lead workshops on song writing, singing, and sharing music with others – “This is a great way to get to know what River Arts is about” says Ellen.