Mansfield Courier

Churches fly flags of hope

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MANSFIELD Ecumenical Christian Community (MECC) had planned for a celebratio­n of life fair in October to come together and be thankful and share our creativity, our community, our blessings and our learning through this past two years of challenge.

It’s been a time in which our community has endured fires, floods, drought, earthquake­s and lockdowns, with associated health concerns, financial difficulti­es and separation from loved ones.

Many local organisati­ons were planning to come and have a stall to celebrate what we have in Mansfield.

But because of all the lockdowns it became too difficult to organise.

So to bring hope to the community, the group of churches have organised a series of bright and inspiratio­nal flags to be displayed within their grounds across the local area.

Daniel Belle from Mansfield Sign and Print helped with the design and manufactur­ing of the teardropst­yle flags which are adorned with messages of love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness and thoughtful­ness.

It’s a kind gesture and one that St John’s Anglican Church parishione­r, Christine Sheldrick, said MECC were excited about sharing with locals.

“We just want to bring some joy and hope to the community, and we thought having these flags displayed outside of the churches would be great,” said Ms Sheldrick.

“We’re really excited about it and hope it lifts everyone’s spirits.”

 ?? ?? HOPE AND JOY: (From left) Silvia Bukovec from Mansfield Christian Fellowship, with Ray Sheldrick, Reverend Catie Inches-Ogden, and Christine Sheldrick from St John’s Anglican Church.
HOPE AND JOY: (From left) Silvia Bukovec from Mansfield Christian Fellowship, with Ray Sheldrick, Reverend Catie Inches-Ogden, and Christine Sheldrick from St John’s Anglican Church.

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