We’ve two new mosaics at the main door of church and they give a lovely colourful welcome. The mosaics are in the place where some time ago some untidy noticeboards were placed.
Children from Year 6 (this year’s leavers) from both St Chrysostom’s and St John’s schools helped with the design and the construction of the mosaics, guided by Angie, a local mosaicist and community artist. Those helping were of different world faiths – it was an inter faith effort.
We are sure you will agree that the mosaics are wonderful and we give especial thanks to Angie and all the children for their imagination and hard work. The mosaics pick up central themes of our church and its relationship to our varied community.
The first mosaic, on the left hand side of the doors, has a cross in the middle and Welcome in several world languages – languages of people of our community. Clockwise from top: English, Japanese, Arabic, Ibo, Spanish, Urdu. In the mosaic are flags of nations represented in our varied local area. Bangladesh, Jamaica, Armenia, United Kingdom, Pakistan, China.
This mosaic reminds us that All are Welcome at St Chrysostom’s – a House of Prayer for all Peoples.
The second mosaic, on the right hand side, emphasises things that unite us in our spiritual values – Love, Hope and Joy. The dove, a symbol used by the church and St Chrysostom’s school, reminds us of the dove of peace in the story of Noah. The bees symbolise the industry of Manchester and are also a symbol of St John Chrysostom, Candles are a sign of hope and prayer and the roses and the hand and heart symbolise love for our homes and world.
When you next pass the church, or come in, do look carefully at these lovely mosaics. And why not look too at the mosaics created by children two years ago at the side of church – click here.