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How the angel came into being

” All Saints, Whiterashes is an EcoCongregation and in April 2016 decided to use recycled tea bags in an imaginative way to raise awareness about recycling things we so easily discard, but also to encourage some reflection on the production process and the people involved in the supply chain.

At the same time, we were asked to take part in a Scottish Civic Trust Doors Open Day project, as we are a listed building because of the work of a famous church architect and designer, the Aberdeen-born Sir Ninian Comper. 

This led us to commission Alison to produce a contemporary piece of church art pointing us to God’s grace and beauty, following Comper’s example.  And lastly, we had the idea that, as part of our culture, the offer of a cup of tea to a friend or stranger, is a sign of welcome.  So the vestry chose ‘Embrace the Middle East’ as the charity we support this year, because of their work with Syrian refugees in particular.

Alison has used the tea bags not only as pulp but has laminated tea bags to create a ‘luminarium’ using LED lighting.   When we made an appeal for tea bags, churches from Shetland to Ballater responded. We lost count after 10,000!”

The angel has been part of worship in 9 churches in the North East so far, and has not yet finished its travels.

Richard Murray, Lay Reader, All Saints Church, Whiterashes

September 2016

teabag angel whiterashes II angel in banff angel detail

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