For someone with only the merest appreciation of art, occasions to chat with and ask questions of an artist are few and far between. When I asked St. Pius parishioner Stephen Hornsby-Smith recently whether he would like to write an article about his art for St Pius InPrint, he simply directed me to his excellent website (1), of which I was previously unaware.
By Gillian Elsom
Be prepared to be moved by Stephen’s paintings, there is vibrant colour, fierce and beautiful wild animals, repeating patterns, or motifs, on a black background, which come back in each painting to unify the whole collection. The motifs have been influenced by Stephen’s study of Global Art and in Stephen’s words are a mixture of ‘naïve form and calculated ideas’, using ‘elaborate design’ and ‘simple techniques’.
By Anna Klaptocz
This summer, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to go to Nicaragua as an International Citizens Service volunteer with Progressio. It was the Parish’s prayers and donations that made my fundraising and trip possible, and for that I am extremely grateful. This is a blog I wrote for Progressio which I am posting here to give a flavour of what life was like in Nicaragua, and to reflect on a very important international day: the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
On Sunday 30th October the St. Pius community invited members of the local Christian Churches to join us in a service to “Celebrate and Give Thanks” for 30 years of “Together – in Christ”. A lay committee was formed in June 1986 to encourage Prayer and Witness together, with the support of the local clergy. Maureen Martin, a former parishioner at St. Pius, was the first chairperson of T.I.C and was the invited speaker at the service. She spoke about the early days of T.I.C and shared her experience of working Ecumenically overseas in India and Malaysia. Maureen spoke of the many interdenominational dialogues (Catholic/Anglican, Anglican/Methodist, Anglican/Freechurch) and the need to both Pray and work together to promote the Kingdom. Frances spoke briefly of the activities we have done in the past and plans for the future. Representatives of the member churches offered a prayer from their community. We then retired to the hall for “Afternoon Tea”, cakes/biscuits/scones which were provided by members of St. Pius community. About 50 people came and the service (and refreshments) were well received.