Exploring ‘The Leaves of Southwell’

Green Man carving at the Chapter House, Southwell Minster

A day together on 2nd March will be an opportunity for all with an affection for the Minster and its artefacts, especially the Chapter House leaf carvings. Even now, these speak to today’s world. It will be a step towards understanding how we might play our particular part now and in the future.

Southwell Minster’s renowned carvings do more than celebrate medieval craftsmanship, they draw us into communion with God’s Creation. Many of our community have been considering how this inspires the Christian message for the 21st century, which has to embrace growing environmental concerns. This is an important development in the Minster’s 900-year history.

Put it in your diary now – further details to follow.


A Prayer commending to God the Minster Community’s day together on 2 March:
‘Exploring the Leaves of Southwell’

Gracious God, source of life,

we praise you for the wonder and diversity of the natural world,

and we thank you for the genius of the craftsmen

who carved the Chapter House leaves that speak to us still.

Open our hearts and minds to your guiding Spirit,

that we may discern together

how best to cherish this good earth

and safeguard its resources.

As we listen to the leaves,

show us how to share in creation’s song

and rediscover our harmony in you;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Nigel Coates
Canon Chancellor
Southwell Minster,
on behalf of Southwell Minster House Groups and the volunteer organising group

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  • Venue: Southwell Minster