Christie Banner – an inter-faith project in Prestwich

As part of Rev Caroline’s curacy experience at St Margaret’s, she is working on an inter-faith project.

The Christie Chaplaincy Centre is a multi-faith space that welcomes people of all faiths and no faith at all at their time of need. In the entrance area to the department there is a large expanse of white wall that is brightly lit and that lent itself to a large wall hanging being made that would appeal to a broad mixture of people visiting the centre.

Pupils in years 7 and 8 at Parrenthorn High School were invited to take part in a competition to come up with a design for the banner. In their design they needed to consider hospitality between people of different faiths as well as providing an image that offered encouragement and a sense of peace.

The wording “All paths lead to hope” is being adopted into the sinning design to reflect the ethos of the chaplaincy team. The winning designs were chosen by the multi-faith chaplaincy team at The Christie.

On 13 February 2017 Rev Andrew Bradley (Lead Chaplain at The Christie) and Rev Caroline Greenwood presented prizes to the winner and two runners up at Parrenthorn High school.

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A multi-faith sewing team of 22 ladies from the Prestwich area came together to plan the work after securing a grant from Near Neighbours towards the project. A pattern was drawn up and fabrics selected in the first week.

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Work began on making the “petals” to surround the inner “wheel”:

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Meanwhile, the organza was attached to the “flag” through small lines of embroidery giving movement and texture to the background to reflect the pencil lines:

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The banner is coming together fast now, with finishing touches being made to the mandala. The final stage is to form the letters to be mounted onto it with the words “all paths lead to”:



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