Mixing Bowl


Mixing Bowl is an open community where we creatively explore spirituality and what Christian faith, art and community looks like outside of the traditional church context. We currently meet weekly at Shieldfield Art Works and always enjoy a meal together as part of our gathering. We creatively engage on the themes of the SAW artistic programme, delving deeper into the meaning and significance behind SAW projects, giving time for reflection and prayer.

We meet on Tuesday evenings, 6.30-8.30pm at SAW.  From September to December 2019, we are trialling meeting every Tuesday instead of just meeting twice monthly. See below for the confirmed list of dates.

During August we take a break from our regular gatherings, and will restart meeting in September with the first Mixing Bowl on 10th September 2019.

Autumn Winter 2019 dates: 10th, 17th & 24th September, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th October, 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th November, 10th December*.

*Note as part of our commitment to 'rhythm and rest' (see SAW Values for further info) we will only meet once in December.

Mixing Bowl has its own section within the Shieldfield Art Works blog - see our blog posts below to get a flavour for some of our previous gatherings.

If you would like more information about Mixing Bowl please send an e-mail to enquiries@saw-newcastle.org or join our Facebook group. You can also sign up to the SAW mailing list and make sure to tick the box for Mixing Bowl as an interest to receive emails about our gatherings (two emails per month).

Mixing Bowl Blog

Mixing Bowl Tenebrae Evening
18th April 2019

Last month at Mixing Bowl, Andii Bowsher put together a reflective evening inspired by the tradition of ‘Tenebrae’ services.  Tenebrae means darkness or shadows, and services are sometimes called ‘A Service of Shadows’. Tenebrae can be seen as prayerful theatre, with ways to recognise the sadness and tragedies of the world within a framework of bittersweet […]

Mixing Bowl 14th March 2017
26th March 2017

It was great to see some new faces at the meeting and a good challenge that we felt it would be better to do some discussion in two different groups which worked well. After some lovely food, Alison Merritt-Smith opened up a topic for us to discuss. It really centred around a quote saying “Artists […]

Mixing Bowl: ‘Come Closer’ by Anis Mojgani
14th February 2017

Come closer. Come into this. You are quite the beauty. If no one has ever told you that before, know that right now: you are quite the beauty. There is joy in how your mouth dances with your teeth Your smiles are simply signs of how sacred your life actually is. He made you and […]