The railings of St Michael’s and St Stephen’s parish churches, Belfast, were bursting with colour in the form of a Butterflies of Hope display in the lead up to Christmas.
The Butterflies of Hope were created by children from Malvern Primary School, Small Wonders Nursery, St Stephen’s Sunday School, St Michael’s Afterschool Clubs, residents from Hemsworth Court and clients in Shankill Day Centre.
Heather Carson, parish development officer, said: “The butterflies are a bright and beautiful reminder in difficult times that there is always hope in Jesus.”
She expressed thanks to Mrs McSorley (Principal of Malvern PS) and the boys from the school who read prayers at the dedication of the exhibition, and to the rector of St Michael’s and St Stephen’s, the Rev Canon James Carson, and clergy from Townsend Presbyterian and Shankill and Woodvale Methodist churches who read scripture, spoke about hope, and prayed for everyone represented by the butterflies and for the community.
“Thank you to everyone who took the time to create such beautiful butterflies this Christmas time,” Heather added.
The Butterflies of Hope exhibition is a follow up to last year’s very successful Angels of Faith, Hope and Love exhibition on the railings of the two churches.
This article was written by Karen Bushby, Press Officer for the Anglican Diocese of Connor