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Children learn Bible stories through prestigious Methodist Art Collection

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School children have been engaging with bible stories with the help of a unique collection of religious artwork which is being displayed in Wrexham for the first time.

Pupils from Ysgol Deiniol in Marchwiel made a visit to Wrexham Methodist Church on Regent Street, where selected works from the Methodist Modern Art Collection are currently on show.

Members of the church and fine art students from Glyndŵr University guided them through four workshops focused on paintings featured in the exhibition.

These included a painting depicting the story of Jesus’s feeding of the 5000 as a fish and chip picnic in the park. Children were helped to enter into the stories through discussion, role play and various activities.

Jane Guy, acting head at Ysgol Deiniol Marchwiel, said: “The children have been learning in class about churches and church architecture so when they got off the bus they were surprised by how modern the building was, and where it was.

This impression, combined with the warm welcome and fun activities, has helped to change their perception of Church.”

Forty works from the Methodist Modern Art Collection have been on display at the church and at Glyndŵr University’s Oriel Sycharth Gallery since January 19th.

A series of talks and workshops have been put together to accompany the exhibition. So far, these have included a conversation with artist Clive Hicks-Jenkins, a poetry reading by Philip Gross and an evening of poetry and accoustic guitar music from Martin Daws and Gavin Mart. The exhibition runs at both venues until March 26th.

Rev Richard Sharples, minister at the Church, said: “A programme for schools was always at the forefront of our minds as we planned for the Methodist Modern Art Collection’s time in Wrexham.

It’s wonderful that we’re able to bring children into the church and provide an opportunity for them to see such significant pieces of artwork.”

The next event is on Thursday February 19th at 6pm when Archimandrite Deiniol, university Chaplain and Orthodox Priest, will give a talk titled ‘The Holy Trinity in Scripture in the light of Eastern Orthodox Iconography.’ The event is free and takes place at Glyndŵr University’s Oriel Sycharth Gallery.

The Methodist Modern Art Collection is on display at Glyndŵr University and Wrexham Methodist Church from Monday to Saturday, 9.30am to 4pm. 

Guided Tours (English or Welsh) are available by arrangement. For more information visit the gallery website, call 01978 293950 or email orielsycharth@glyndwr.ac.uk

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