After the Storm is a chance to reflect
“After the Storm?” is a series of events set to take place at St Stephen’s Church, Norwich, in September 2021 to give people the chance to reflect on the global Covid-19 pandemic which has enveloped us all.
The project’s aim is to give people an opportunity to reflect on the pandemic before Covid-19 becomes just another disease we live with. St Stephen’s will host an art exhibition and musical concerts as a way of giving people space and permission to reflect.
Guest speakers including medics and a psychotherapist will be invited, alongside Christian reflection on selected art works. It will be free of charge and open to all.
St Stephen's Vicar, Rev Canon Madeline Light, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has affected everyone in some way. Storms often leave damage to lives and property, but are followed by a period of calm and then the enormous energy needed to rebuild.
“To help each other rebuild we need to take a moment to remember the effect of the damage, personally, in our families and friendships, our community and country. “After the Storm?” invites you to take time to reflect and consider what you have lost and how you can move forward into calm.
“It will be amazing to have such talented artists work with St Stephen's," said Madeline. “We anticipate a month of reflection and conversation. This will, we hope, give a small window of opportunity giving to process what we have been through, and what we might yet go through as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Well-respected Norfolk artists Frances Martin, Richard Cleland, Gwyneth Fitzmaurice, Liz Monahan, Mandy Rogers, LS Walker and Helen Wells will provide visual images to help us reflect on the last 18 months. The exhibition will run alongside the church café during normal opening times.
An interactive space will include materials for use by the public to express for themselves how they perceive the pandemic and how they reflect on the times of lockdown.
A concert at St Peter Mancroft of organ music that was written by people experiencing or observing the storminess of life, called After The Storm, will take place on Saturday September 25, at 7pm. The organist will be John Overton.
“After the Storm?” expressed in music, readings and prayers with the Norwich Community Gospel Choir – Saturday September 18, 7.30.
An Open Forum will also take place on September 19, with Canon Peter Doll, Rabbi Binyamin Sheldrake and Andrew Frere-Smith.
Any donations will go towards the work of St Stephen’s which includes supporting the homeless and restoring the organ which is part of Norwich’s musical heritage.