On Good Friday, we created a 'Way of the Cross' exhibition based on the War in Syria. We created twelve Stations of the Cross around St Barnabas using images from the Syrian War, and also a central art installation inspired by ideas from young people at Cre8. The Church was open from 10am till 4pm - no service - just a quiet space for people to come and view the installation and have some quiet space to reflect.
It was a very moving and powerful scene - thank you to all involved.
Below are some images from the installation and we've also produced a short booklet showing the 12 stations / images and the reflections to accompany each station.
Download the booklet: Way of the Cross - the War in Syria by clicking here
Some of the comments we've had...
A special exhibition for Good Friday, much appreciated by me and my dad. thank you for setting it up.
We're giving massive thanks to Comic Relief today who are funding some of the renovation work in the Wildlife area behind the Cre8 Building.
Watching Jo Brand on TV yesterday, doing her walk for Sport Relief reminded us to say again how grateful we are to those people who raise money for what we're trying to do here, and for young people and families in Macclesfield.
Hopefully we will have the Wildlife area more available to local people in the future, with a new pond dipping platform, circular pathway, bird feeders, ducks and lots more wildlife to see !
Ashley and Jason found a poorly squirrel today, so we rescued it and put it safely in the empty duck hut. Checking on the squirrel tomorrow.
Yesterday we said goodbye to Roger; a long time volunteer, friend and supporter of Cre8. He'd been involved right from the very beginning and had done everything from digging on the Garden Project at St Barnabas Church in 2006 with young lads who weren't going to school, through to making model airplanes at Clubs. He was also a wonderful ambassador for Cre8 - telling his story and sharing what Cre8 was about.
He will be remembered by our young people; patiently sitting with them in a corner of the Church hall creating the most brilliant model planes, and eventually flying them around the hall or the garden. Lots cheers (and some ducking!) as the planes went all over the show!
We each have our own good memories.
To hear at his funeral about how much it meant to Roger to volunteer at Cre8 and how much he got out of it; how important it was to him to use and share the skills and talents God had given him, was very special. He was involved in so many things in and around his community - not just Cre8. Doing whatever was needed. Car park attendant at Church when the Cancer Care days were happening was just one of the things he did. He wanted to make sure that people coming for treatment had somewhere closeby where they could park and didn't have to worry.
Roger wrote this piece for his Church magazine last year. It's about how he came to be involved with Cre8 - the start of his journey with us.
You will be missed Roger, thank you for sharing some of your story with us.
Our upcoming events calendar shows all the forthcoming events at Cre8 and our partners. Click here to view the full list of upcoming events.