Covid 19 Gallery

St. Michael's has had a strong creative ethos since its foundation 100 years ago, which has shown itself in the activities which take place in the church and in the contribution of groups and individuals to its decoration, both permanent and seasonal.

Once social isolation guidelines started to be introduced at the onset of the current pandemic, it was decided to suspend weekday activities at St. Michael's including Pop In and Paint. So instead of physically coming together and showing each other what they had created, it was suggested to members that they send in artwork reflecting the current times and some words to go with it. A selection is shown below together with other seasonal material. We would be very happy to receive other similar material - not just paintings but also poetry or other craft work - to add to these pages.


"Make me a channel of thy peace" 

Jenny Thompson

I have always loved the Prayer of St Francis of Assisi & at this time the following words in particular strike a chord. " Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; And where is sickness, joy.. I hope that my painting gives a feeling of peace & that in the not too distant future we will all feel the sea spray & the wind on our faces again.

The Lord is my Shepherd in these difficult times






Glenys McHale

If we look out

Into the vast night

There’s more than what is seen

There’s the unseen, the unheard

There would be no path

For the stars to align

Across the sky

Nothing for us to place words

And nothing for the eye to see.



"Father, into your hands I commit my spirit"-

Liz Grammenos

When I read these verses I knew straight away how I wanted to portray the scene. For me the idea of God's hands reaching out to Jesus when He was at his most lonely & frightened is so comforting. I wanted my painting to be about the most important things - God's hands receiving Jesus' spirit in a world of darkness. God comforting Jesus in his darkest hour. I included the moon in the painting as I feel that, even when we are in our darkest places, God always gives us hope, ie a glimmer of light in the darkness.


Joy Tobler


Joy Johns




Susan Keet

This painting comes from Mark 15:43-47 KJVS - Joseph of Arimathaea, an honorable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus. And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead. And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph. And he bought fine linen, and took him down and and wrapped him in the linen and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre. And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus beheld where he was laid.

This touches me deeply imagining the anguish of Mary losing her beloved son and the despair of Mary Magdalene, disciples and followers. Then came the wonderment of the resurrection and the angel at the tomb telling the women Matthew 28 [6] He is not here he is risen.

Through Jesus we have hope and eternal life.

                                      SPRING IS ON ITS WAY

The bluebells are out in the woods next to Hervines Park.

Roland Gillott

Garden in Parsonage Place

Joy Johns

Keeping occupied-

new use found for an old garden hammock 

Nicola Petrou-Amerikanos

'Easter Bunny'

Nadia Petrou-Amerikanos



Judy Redpath

In spite of all the sadness and problems created by the virus, 

these small spring flowers remind us of God's bountiful love

bringing new life and hope for the future. 

With love and all good wishes to you all Judy 















6 words
How would you describe your lockdown journey in just 6 words?

Showcasing our Young People's creativity
Members of Messy Church and the Inspire Youth group were asked to send in any artwork undertaken during the current lockdown.