Arts Ministry at Northaven
The Arts at Northaven
Northaven is blessed to have among its membership a number of professional artists, writers, architects, dancers, play wrights, actors, landscape and interior designers. Such interest in art and culture is a blessing in many ways and is reflected not only in the building itself but also enhances the sense of joy and beauty for all who enter it.
There is a great deal of liturgical art throughout the church. A small but powerful sculpture of Christ emerging from the tomb by the prominent local artist, Henri Bartsch, sits a table just in the Atrium. The altar table, pulpit, and part of the organ case were all created by the same artist and were a gift to the church from Jarrott and Anna Marie Harkey. As part of the move to our new sanctuary Ben Marshall created a lectern to match these furnishings. Paintings by Northaven members Joan Hogge, Wini Lynn and Gay Solomon are also displayed in the church. A group of liturgical artists called the “Theological Threads” creates all kinds of fabric art for our worship in the sanctuary. The newest addition to the Northaven art collection is the wood carving of the Last Supper. It was given to the church in August of 1997 to honor the 5th anniversary of Linda Brown’s ministry.
The Methodist Heritage Banners
Another set of treasures is found in the Sanctuary Gallery. In the midst of our new and modern sanctuary, you will find banners depicting Methodism’s history from its roots in 18th century England to the present. The explanatory paragraphs underneath each banner were written by the late Albert C. Outler, one of the greatest of all John Wesley scholars and a former member of Northaven. They were designed by J’Ann Pybas and made by a group of more than two dozen members in 1984 to celebrate the bicentennial of Methodism in America.