Harpenden Churches Together Arts Festival

The first Harpenden Arts Festival organised by Churches Together will take place Thursday 21st- Sunday 24th June in churches across the town. The theme is ‘Beauty Abundance Order’.  St John’s will be hosting a number of exciting events on the theme of the environment. There will be a large family-friendly art installation in church, walks, talks and readings, and music events. More details on the events at St John's are set out below. If you’d like to get involved contact Liz Sergeant and James Brown.

Art Installation at St John's

An art installation will be open to visit from 9am - 7pm each day. Delicious coffee cart on site.

Thursday 21st: 8pm - 9pm
Words and Wine

A mixture of spoken word pieces, ancient and new, original and chosen, poetry and prose. Reflections on the theme of the ambitious art installation within St John’s, which explores themes of the environment and our place within it. Complimentary wine.

Saturday 23rd: 10.30am - 11.15am
Coffee Concert - Mighty Oaks from Little Acorns Grow

St John’s Director of Music, Roger Carter plays organ music inspired by the installation, with themes of nature, new beginnings and growth.

Saturday 23rd: 4pm - 5pm
Why Bother with the Environment?

Mark Prina (Reserve Manager at A Rocha's Foxearth Meadows) talks about the work of conservation charity A Rocha, what can be done to conserve the wildlife of our beautiful planet, and why we should care in the first place. All within the ambitious art installation in the church.

Saturday 23rd: 8pm - 9.30pm
In Tune with Nature – an evening of songs

Singer-songwriter and curate of St John’s, James Christie Brown is joined by Lee Abbey Community artist in residence, Abigail-Joy Bowen. They reflect on the theme of the festival with their own compositions within the beautiful acoustic of the church and the ambitious art installation. Complimentary wine.

Sunday 24th: 9.30am - 10.30am
Patronal Festival

On St John’s Day, the church celebrates its patron, John the Baptist. Special guest speaker, Simon Brown, of conservation charity A Rocha, draws together the themes of John the Baptist and a Christian response to the environment within the ambitious art installation in the church.

Sunday 24th: 4pm - 5.30pm
A Walk in the Woods

An expert from Majestic Trees, Flamstead takes us on an insightful tour of the trees of St John’s wood, opposite the church. We end up in the ambitious art installation in the church to consider spiritual insights we can learn from trees. Suitable for all ages and dogs also welcome.