A set of six painted panels now grace the fence surrounding Pilgrim Hall, the part of the church that was destroyed by fire. The project to create the panels was initiated by First Church Director of Children and Families Ministries Carolyn Ash who enlisted the help of Minister of Art & Communication Phil Porter.
Last summer, the summer church school program revolved around a series of service projects. Carolyn suggested that painting something to hang on the fences would be a way to involve the children in beautifying the area around Pilgrim Hall. She enlisted Phil's help who designed a project in which children of all ages could all be involved.
For two Sundays last summer, Phil visited the Sunday School class. After a short talk about abstract and realistic art, he led the children in a collaborative painting project where three or four children worked together to paint one of the panels in colorful abstract designs. The children were completely free to create on their own, within a structure of taking turns to add color to the panels.
Phil then added borders of a single color to each panel, painted the backs and added a word reflecting progressive Christian values to each of the panels: love, joy, peace, justice, spirit, and faith.
Thanks to Moe Wright for providing the lumber for the panels and to Bruce McNaught who installed them on the fence.
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