Elective – Reshaping a Suburban Church with Creative Arts

Rev Mark Hewitt

Over the past 3 years, The Corner UC has recreated itself as an intergenerational community, offering spiritual depth and growth in our relationship with God through an Arts culture. It has intentionally built itself around the vision Faith Intersecting Life, building upon assets through a mission and values focused budget, encouraging and nurturing the gifts of it’s people and shaping a leadership team with common purpose, to be the Church it is today. The Corner’s ministry and mission is lived out through distinct ministry expressions, each using the creative arts.
Sunday AM worship utilizes music, multi-media, visual and performing arts to enable visual/aural/kinaesthetic engagement in worship, theology and faith development, including Prayerful Colouring sheets situated throughout the worship space. Messy Corner provides the opportunity for relaxed child focused creative arts worship. A Thin Place uses music, multimedia and interactive Stations for contemplative worship. Break Fast uses the art of hospitality in a relaxed Cafe-church, sharing the breaking of the overnight fast, while breaking the greater fasting of spiritual stillness.
Corner Kids Performing Arts uses the creative arts as the vehicle for faith formation to school age children. They are full participants in The Corner’s intergenerational daily ministry (Café, worship, concerts), within and outside the church. Blank Canvas Café, for youth/young adults, explores faith through arts, welcoming community and hospitality.
The Community Art & Craft Program is open to wider community, offering intergenerational faith/life conversation through traditional arts and crafts. The Corner Art Exhibitions occur regularly through out the year, offering local artists opportunities to exhibit in The Corner Café complex.
The Corner Café is open four days per week, staffed by volunteers and well known locally as a place of good food and welcoming hospitality, surrounded by art.
One of our websites faithintersectinglife.org.au is a faith formation digital space for connection & resourcing.

The Corner UC is faithfully following the Spirit’s calling. It has been a journey of risk, change, cost but most of all, great Joy, a pilgrimaging together on a continuing journey.

Rev Mark Hewitt

Reshaping a Suburban Church with Creative Arts