Enriching Christian worship through music and the arts

A drama-based day of reflection on the events of Holy Week

Sunday 14 April 2019

St Edmundsbury Cathedral

11am - 7pm

What's involved?

Come and take part in a day of reflection on the events of Holy Week, for all who love to worship through drama and mime. The event is for those who feel comfortable with (or excited by the thought of) taking part in improvisations and dramatic readings on biblical themes. 

The day will be split into four sessions, from Jesus' triumphal entrance into Jerusalem through to his crucifixion, and each will contain a mixture of reflection, prayer and dramatic improvisations.  The day will close with providing the dramatic content for the Palms and Thorns service. 

The sessions will cover:

Session 1: Triumphal Entry - Jesus triumphal entry into Jerusalem; worldly adulation and its ephemerality.

Session 2: The Last Supper - How did the disciples interpret these events?

Session 3: The Arrest - What would you have done in Gethsemane?

Session 4: The Trial and Crucifixion - Where would you have been?

You will not need to learn any lines but you will need to be willing to take part in improvisations.

We ask that all participants wear black trousers, a black top and flat soled shoes. 

Is there a charge to take part?

A donation of £10 per person is requested, to cover the cost of materials.

How do I book a place?

Use this form, or contact Neil Clayton on ‭01394 382019‬.

From Palms to Thorns




Neil Clayton

Neil believes that we should worship God through the talents that he gave us and not just through the singing of hymns. He grew up in and around a craft community in Sussex of which his grandfather, uncles, an aunt and, eventually, a brother were members. One of the beliefs of the community was that everything that they made should be an act of worship and it is this belief that has threaded its way through Neil's making whether it's scriptwriting (he wrote the script for the cathedral's Great War Commemoration event Crimson Glory), acting (Back 2 Front Theatre), spoon carving or trying to make a replica of an Anglo Saxon lyre with Garrie.

Revd Garrie Griffiths

Garrie is a husband, dad, grandpa, priest, musician, singer, song/hymn writer and all-round advocate for the arts in worship and as worship. Recently retired and enjoying being a guide for school groups at Sutton Hoo and finding ways for the children to imagine and 'improvise' (a little!) a burial of an Anglo-Saxon king! Garrie writes, "If church is about anything it is about worshipping God individually and collectively. To my mind that means worshipping in silence as well as in words and music, and also with the help and stimulus of the visual arts within the building, windows, banners, readings and special mixed-arts events like this one."