Churches: be in­spired!

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CHURCHES in West Lan­cashire could be miss­ing out on £10,000 prize. Spe­cial­ist in­surer Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal is call­ing for churches across the county to sub­mit their en­tries in or­der to be in the run­ning for the prize money.

The in­surer launched its Great Com­mu­nity Mu­ral com­pe­ti­tion in May and the dead­line for en­tries (Au­gust 21) is fast ap­proach­ing.

The Great Com­mu­nity Mu­ral is all about high­light­ing and cel­e­brat­ing the fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity work of churches up and down the UK.

To be in with a chance of win­ning the grand prize of £10,000 or in­deed one of the four run­ners-up prizes of £2,500, all you need to do is get creative!

“This year our church com­pe­ti­tion is a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent., ex­plained He­len Richards, church cus­tomer ser­vice man­ager at Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal.

“We are ask­ing churches to cre­ate a vis­ual rep­re­sen­ta­tion of their role in the com­mu­nity.

“The only stip­u­la­tion is that it must be on A3 scale (29.7cm x 42.0cm) and sub­mit­ted to Freep­ost Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal by Au­gust 21, 2017.

“In terms of ma­te­ri­als, style or tech­nique, that’s en­tirely up to the in­di­vid­ual church.”

So far, the in­surer has re­ceived en­tries cre­ated in pas­tel, crayon, wa­ter­colour and print.

They’ve even had dis­cus­sions with a church that wants to in­cor­po­rate pot­tery in its de­sign.

“We know that there are some fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity out­reach projects be­ing un­der­taken by churches in the area and we’d love to see some en­tries re­flect­ing that,” He­len added.

The com­pany will use the en­tries to cre­ate one of the UK’s largest pieces of com­mu­nity art, The Great Com­mu­nity Mu­ral, which will show­case the wide va­ri­ety of com­mu­nity ac­tiv­ity be­ing un­der­taken by lo­cal churches.

“Whilst the qual­ity of the art­work is im­por­tant, we aren’t nec­es­sar­ily look­ing for the next Pi­casso or Monet.

“What’s im­por­tant is that it cap­tures the church’s con­tri­bu­tion to its com­mu­nity.

“We’ve had a lovely en­try from a church tod­dler group that has clearly had lots of fun dip­ping their hands in paint to cre­ate their en­try.”

The mu­ral will be un­veiled at a pres­ti­gious Lon­don lo­ca­tion be­fore be­ing toured around the coun­try, giv­ing as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble a chance to see it.

For ev­ery­thing you need to en­ter this year’s com­pe­ti­tion and the full terms and con­di­tions visit the Ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal web­site: www. ec­cle­si­as­ti­­comp

Be­low, a Lan­cashire church: can your mu­ral de­sign be a £10,000 win­ner?

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