Our schools’ banners

St C BannerOlder children from St John’s and St Chrysostom’s Schools had two wonderful days in June at Church working together, and sharing ideas and designs for a banner for each of the schools.

They explored texture, colour, sign and symbol with Kate, an enthusiastic tutor who works at the Manchester Art Gallery and the Tate, Liverpool.

This week the completed banners were brought into church and celebrated by the children.

St Chrysostom’s School (like the Church) often uses the symbol of the dove, a sign of peace among all people’s and a sign of God’s care for humanity. The dove features strongly in the St Chrysostom’s design.

St John bannerA tree is a popular symbol of St John’s School. A notable tree stood in the grounds of the old school and the tree is used at the school as a sign of growth and development. The tree features at the centre of St John’s banner.

Both banners include many colours, including colours of the rainbow, as both schools honour and celebrate diversity in their unity.

The banners will be kept most of the time at Church, and brought to school, or taken elsewhere at special times of celebration. At first they will have a prominent place in the sanctuary of the church as a sign of the special relationships between the schools with church.

The banners are another great example of church and schools working together to produce something special and lasting that the children will remember. Three years ago the children designed and helped make mosaics and last year they made the welcome mosaics at the church door. Thank you so much to them and to the schools!

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About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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