The St Mary's Flower and Arts Festival
Our popular Flower and Arts Festival occurs each year to coincide with the Renfrewshire Doors Open days. As people come to see the “Little White Church in the Wood”, they are not only greeted by the traditional building and cosy intimacy of the church but by beautiful and creative arrangements of flowers and art work.
The flowers and art displays are on view throughout the week: the church being open each day from 1.30 – 3.30pm.
On the First Sunday we also have a Puppet Show on a biblical story for the children whilst parents view the displays.
The Festival Lecture aims to explore notions and experiences of art and faith whilst a Festival Concert and Wine Reception is always held on the Friday with fine music by a choir or instrumentalist(s).
During the week of the Festival The Feast of St Mary, mother of Jesus, is remembered with a special morning Eucharist and buffet lunch. All are welcome.
The Festival Guest Service is held on the last Sunday, as a conclusion to the week, inviting our friends from local churches. However, this final Sunday is also reserved for the lovely St Mary’s Palm Court Tea, complete with vintage china, string quartet and aspidistras!
The 2016 Festival included stunning flower arrangements from Freeland, St Machar's Ranfurly, St Columba's Kilmacolm, St Mary's Port Glasgow, St Fillan's Kilmacolm and St Mary's Bridge of Weir. The theme was Stained Glass and the Festival Lecture given by glass artist Eilidh Mackenzie explored for us how Stained Glass is made and constructed. The Festival Concert of modern show and film music by the Steadfast Silver Band was a foot-tapping evening, full of fun and excellent music.
And of course the Palm Court Tea was a sell-out with the finest cakes, light scones with home-made jam and a selection of teas.
The next Arts & Faith Festival will be September 2019