By Helen Harris
An ecclesiastical visual arts book
From the author:
'Through the Eye of a Needle is my rather intriguing testimonial story of Ecclesiastical Art at St Petri Lutheran Church', Nuriootpa, Barossa Valley,SA.
It tells the story, and how it involved many people within our congregation and even from our community to help illustrate the Living Word and the Good News message of salvation.
My banner work had very humble beginnings. It certainly was not in my plans or thinking. It bewildered me when I realized that it was God calling me, back in 1980, to have a go. I was spotted experimenting with banner making in my home back then, when a hefty nudge came from our Parish worker as we chatted over coffee.
Further encouragement came from our newly installed Pastor a month later, and because I could not find anyone else to take it on, the call became too strong to resist. The size of our building freaked me out for a start.
I am just an ordinary wife and mother with no formal training in art, sewing, design or textile art and felt very inadequate to do God's extraordinary work. So investing in God with faith, prayer, availability and then to have His favour, my first little white satin banner grew into the largest of large works of art for the eye to behold to grasp the message as well as hearing it'.