I can't believe that I didn't blog about some of my 'bigger' worship services at Blackwood, so I'm going to make amends for that now! I think that after some of them I was too exhausted to think about writing them up.
Last year's Pentecost Service involved the congregation in making and hanging about 1200 paper birds (representing the Holy Spirit) in the sanctuary. The birds were in various shades of red, orange and yellow to symbolise flames as well.
Over several weeks we held origami sessions at morning tea between the two services. I discovered two origami whizzes in the congregation who were delighted to help teach (and each make many, many cranes). The cranes were in several different sizes, and people took home pieces of paper of their choice (the smaller ones being more difficult to make). We DID receive back some renegade colours and sizes, some of which I discreetly forgot to use. (And no matter how many times I told people how to fold the wings.... sigh.) However the participation of many people in making cranes was a vital dimension of the whole experience. It was a shared community activity.
I designed a hanging mobile of cranes. The idea was that several of these would be hung from the ceiling fans (controls gaffer-taped OFF!) so that the bird flames would be falling or rising down/up into the congregation. The remaining birds would be strung on fishing line at intervals across the room. With two data projectors at different angles there were a number of sight line issues to resolve.