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Church tapestry

Richmond Hill tapestry

In October 1997, a discussion started after a Sunday morning service between Margaret Norwood, the previous minister's wife, Elise Story, an Elder of the church and Marjorie Woodgate. The discussion resulted in a project to design and produce a tapestry for the Millennium year 2000.

From November 1997 until September 1998, Elise arranged and hosted a series of meetings to put together the idea and with the help of Pam Wilson, a well-known local artist, they planned what was clearly going to become a major piece of work. It was agreed that the 'Tapestry 2000' as the project was named, should consist of ten individually designed panels surrounding a 'double' central panel. Each panel would depict an element of the continuing story of God's relationship with human kind, from the creation to the present day and into the future.

The theme was to be summed up by the words in the central panel -

'Jesus Christ, the Same Yesterday, Today and for Ever'.

By July 1998, the initial designs had been completed. The Church Garden Party that month, featured a specially set-up Millennium Craft stall and the overall design was unveiled to an enthusiastic response. The stall raised more than £150 towards the cost of materials and due to further appeals for sponsors, ended the year with a very generous £1000.

From then until December 1999, each panel became the responsibility of a team leader, helped by her team members, and work proceeded non stop until all the panels were combined, framed and mounted in its chosen place in the church by January 2000.

Today we are immensely proud of the 'Tapestry 2000 group' and marvel at the skills, inventiveness and the feeling for shape and colour in undertaking a task of this complexity. The message being that God in Christ is present 'Yesterday, today and forever'. We hope this will be an inspiration for us and generations to come.

'A work of Faith and Labour of Love '

But God said...

I asked God to take away my pain; but God said, No. It is not for me to take it away, but for you to give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole; but God said, No. His spirit is whole his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience; but God said, No. Patience is a by-product of tribulations, it isn't granted, it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness: but God said, No. I give you I give you blessings, happiness is up to you.

I asked God to make my spirit grow; but God said, No. You must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make you fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life, but God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me love others as much as He loves me; but God said, Ahhh, finally you have the idea. May God bless you that...To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might just be the world.

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