A Prayer of Welcome
7th May 2020

In 2019 SAW released a publication. The publication was the outcome of many months of self reflection and careful consideration, within it’s pages we sought to explore and explain what SAW is, what it has been, and what it aims to be as an organisation. The content begins with this prayer of welcome, which is used to open most events at SAW.

Welcome to Shieldfield Art Works

May this place be a place of welcome

For those who are here for the first time 

And those who have been before,

Whatever we believe and wherever we have come from

May this place be a meeting place,

For meeting one another and for meeting God

Where each of us in our uniqueness is valued and loved

May this place be a hospitable place

For strangers to become friends

And individuals to build community

May this place be a transforming place

For creativity and for imagination

Where together we grow in hope and strive for change

May this place be a place of blessing

For inspiration and encouragement for us 

And through us, to our community and the world.

Tracy Reynolds – a prayer written for Mixing Bowl

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