You may have noticed a few improvements outside church, with some more to come.
The new bench commemorating Gill and Dick Hatch has settled into place next to our new prayer tree and is proving a lovely sunny spot to watch the world go by.
In place of the weather-worn Haiku display on the Anson Road side of church, we have put up a new temporary display of our joyous fellowship: memories of our recent school-children’s trip to Blackpool Zoo, our Easter fun day, Lihua and Yentin’s Chinese wedding, our fundraising for Tariro and Mary’s Meals, Mark’s magnificent King Cake from Epiphany, Fiona’s St C’s cupcakes for our Home Produce Day, Naoko’s Japanese doll-crackers at our Easter party, and the delicious home-made bread from Fiona, Fliss and Sister Jean.
On Anson Road, we have two large colourful mosaics designed and made by talented sculptor and community artist Angie Sidwell in close collaboration with children from our two church primary schools.
We have commissioned Angie to work with our school-children to design two more mosaics for the front of church. We recently held a mosaic workshop at church where over 20 children from St John’s and St Chrysostom’s schools produced wonderful design-ideas: spinning galaxies, smiling suns, doves flying banners through the air, bumblebees, angels, and open palms embedded with red hearts.
Angie is now combining the children’s ideas into two large designs for either side of the main church doors. The mosaics themselves will be made at school with the children, and anyone will be able to pop along to see how the process works and add some mosaic pieces to the design themselves.