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You may remember, that last year we were invited to provide a patch for the Banner for St Julian's Church which was made to celebrate the Church's 50th Anniversary. The lace butterfly was worked by Madge Carey and the logo embroidered by Jill Hannaford.
We were priviledged to have the Banner on display at our recent 25th birthday celebrations, and for those of you who did not have the opportunity to see the Banner or read the explanantion, here it is.
Photos by Jenny Davies










Each patch has been worked independently under the simple theme of “Promise for the Future”. The order in which the patches have been placed forms the cross, source of our ultimate promise for the future. Like people, each patch is individual and special in its own right, but when combined with others each takes part in a greater whole. The “whole” would be less without any one patch — possibly incomplete. An interpretation of the position they take is signified by the following:

The Vertical Patches

1 The Weddinç Rainbow The promises, covenants and history of the Old Testament in whose roots our New Testament faith is founded. Symbol of peace between God and the earth.

2 The Nativity The birth of Christ, the Word made flesh. God among us came to fulfil the Old Testament law and promises, and to be our pattern and our guide.

3 The Font Sign of the baptism of Christ, the beginning of His active ministry among us. Also a sign of our baptism into the church, and of ‘new creation’.

4 The Cross The sacrifice of God’s son and His person for us and our salvation. Freely given, not taken, for our forgiveness and to reconcile us with God.

5 Peace on Earth The Peace which passes il understanding. The Peace which we are promised, which comes to us and to the world through the Cross. This centre point created and made through a child.

6 The Butterfly Symbol of Resurrection and of New Life. The Resurrection of Christ and the overthrowing of the power of death. Our New Life won through the sacrifice of Christ on the Cross.

7 The Dove This links with the central theme of “Peace on Earth” which runs through the Cross, The messenger sent by Noah to see if the floods were receding. Linking the beginning with the end; the sending of the Holy Spirit amongst us and the gifts and fruits He brings.

All this in Advent whilst we await the second coming of our Lord.

The Horizontal Patches

From the central vertical core, horizontal Pillars of our Faith stretch out, the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. These come through us and to us and are signified by the following:

8 St Leon The figure of St Leonard holding his emblem, broken chains. This represents the saints of The Church through the ages up to the present day.

9 Cathedral and Abbey Church QLSt Alban The Abbey symbolises many things. The long tradition of monasticism in this country. The links between the church and the secular world. It once contained a school. It was bought by the people of St Albans, hence is a Parish Church. St Alban was our first martyr and represents The Martyrs of the Christian Church through the ages, symbolised by the Red Rose (the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church).

10 Patchwork Square This represents the artistic in the world and the scientific order of the inanimate world. Who can took at the Order in the world and not believe in God?

11 Cow-Parsley This represents the natural world and the beauty and order and wonder of life. Who can took at the beauty in the world and not believe in God?

12 Mothers’ Union and

13 A Growing, Flowering EJ These both represent basic Christian values. Commitment to family and one another, the fruits of the spirit of joy, peace, love, respect, trust and caring.

14 Rainbow and Flowers This calls us to care for and look after our world.

15 Rainbow, Fish and Turret This takes us back to the symbols of our Faith — the lchthus, the symbol of Christian Faith; the Rainbow, the symbol again of our roots and the Turret of St Julian showing the place where faith and Christian community are shared.

Through the foundations of our Faith signified by the vertical, we are able to find the values of those things God has given us in the created world, shown in the horizontal. And, with this the promise for the future of ourselves, our faith and the world.

Grateful thanks to all who generously contributed to this banner, all of whom are listed on the reverse of the plan, along with comments some made about the composition of their work.



1 The Weddinq Rainbow Christine Nutton, St Leonard’s Church

“My elder daughter and my son were both married in 2005, and my younger daughter this year. I made the patch using silk from the first set of bridesmaids’ dresses, and the jacket! made to wear to my son’s wedding, plus references to other significant colours from the two weddings — purple (my hat), black (the men’s suits), ivory and white (the brides’ dresses). The rainbow, symbol of hope and promise, emerges through a ring, which symbolises similar things in marriage. The multicoloured ring is an allusion to the different shades of gold incorporated into the rings chosen by my younger daughter and her husband”

2 The Nativity Pauline Jennings, St Julians Church

3 The Font Revd Vanessa Cato, St Leonards Church

“This patch depicts the font and the glass screen behind it in St Leonard Church, Sandndge. The font symbolises “promise for the future” beginning at our baptism. The design on the glass screen is of powerful waves of water, in and out of which come fish and birds. This reminds us of the waters of Creation, but also of the new creation that comes through the waters of baptism. The birds also symbolise the creative power of the Holy Spirit continuing to bring promise for the future in and through those baptised’

(The screen was designed by the late Bruno Hooker, the patch worked by the Vicar)

4 The Cross Nicola Bailey, Chiswell Green URC

“ on Earth” Isabelle Wilde, Year 5, St Peter’s JMI School

6 The Butterfly Lace by Madge Carey, Embroidery by Jill Hannaford both of The Aiban Lace Makers

7 The Dove Teresa Rivers, SS Alban & Stephen Catholic Women’s League

8 St Leonard Kathy Tilney, St Leonard’s Church

“This patch is inspired by the figure of St Leonard carved on the front of our pulpit. It shows the saint, who is patron of prisoners and women in labour, with his emblem, a broken chain, symbol/sing the promise of liberation”.

9 Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban Linda Wailer, Abbey Embroiderers’ Guild

10 Patchwork Square Teresa Rivers, SS Alban & Stephen Catholic Women’s League

10 Cow-Parsley Connie Pearson, St Leonard’s Church

“There was an abundance of cow parsley in our hedges and along the farm path. It even migrates to our garden. Whenever there are flowers in church for weddings or funerals etc, butterflies emerge; this is particularly poignant at funerals. Various people have thought they were a sign of hope”.

12 Mothers’ Union MU symbol and lettering by Marilyn Grover, gold work by Ros Johnson, both of the Mothers’ Union at the Abbey

13 Growing, Flowering Plant Gladys Lake, St Bartholomew’s Catholic Women’s League

14 Rainbow and Flowers 16 St Albans Rainbows

15 Rainbow, Fish and Turret Stephanie Wilicocks, St Julian’s Church