Passers- by in Ashcroft Gardens may be surprised to see a new addition to the Cirencester Ashcroft Church garden: a large wooden cross.
More often used as part of the Easter celebrations, church members wanted to use the cross during Lockdown to give everyone the opportunity to remember anyone who is finding life particularly difficult at this time.
Ribbons are available by the cross and anyone – of any faith or none – is invited to tie a ribbon on to the cross to symbolise their care and concern for friends or family, especially if they are unable to see them at this time. If appropriate, they may also say a prayer if they wish. There is also a simple Bible verse by the cross reflecting Christian belief in hope and life in all its fullness through Jesus.
Although places of worship are shut at present, we wanted to show that the church is more than the building and offer an opportunity for people to do something tangible to symbolise their concern at this time. For Christians, the cross is a sign of love but we pray that the ribbons will also be a sign of hope for and care for all who pass by the building.