The Battered and Berthed display of the Methodist Modern Art Collection, organised by the Believe in Hull church partnership, becomes a performance space with Reflections, a weekly series of observations and Christian worship, at 6.30pm. The gallery is on the second floor of Princes Quay Shopping Centre in Hull City Centre and, in the first few weeks, hundreds of people have come through the doors. It was even the base for a live programme on BBC Radio Humberside on Thursday.

The first session will feature Mel Meesam, a social worker and member of St Cuthbert’s Church, Marlborough Avenue, who is training for ordination in the Church of England. Her talk is called, “The elements of the holy communication”, exploring the ideas of brokenness and healing through the painting, Elements of the Eucharist.

Mel says: “I also live with a disability and am interested in reflecting and developing a greater theological understanding of disability and healing.”

A programme of arts house events will be launched to coincide with late-night shopping from Thursday 16th November, featuring a mix of storytelling, acoustic music, puppetry and seasonal sounds. Battered and Berthed is open to the public from Thursday to Saturday, 10-5, Sunday 1.30-5. Mondays to Wednesdays are reserved for group visits. Further details about the exhibition can be found at

On future Sundays, the programme will feature:

12th November – Sam Donaldson, a Quaker, community worker and poet, on “The healing of the lunatic boy”, talking about mental health and spirituality;

19th November – Anne Richards, an ordained chaplain at Archbishop Sentamu Academy, looks at “Storm over the lake” and “Christ writes in the dust” - the woman caught in adultery;

26th November – Exhibition host Fiona Smith on “Rest on the flight into Egypt” – a beautiful waste, rest as an act of healing and defiance;Sunday 3rd December – Rev Iain Ballard of Willerby Methodist Church, focusing on the painting by Roy de Maistre called The Supper at Emmaus. The title for his reflections is "Jesus invites himself to dinner."

Sunday 10th December – Methodist Circuit Superintendent David Perry on the Dalit Madonna;

Sunday 17th December – Reflections on being Battered and Berthed by Create @ Selby Street Church.