The image that has been created is based on the idea of the Northern Lights. This is one of the ideas that were shared on the boards at the back of church during our Dreams and Visions month in November. When the vision drafting group looked through all these ideas, this is the one that caught their attention and imagination. Light guides us and gives hope in the darkness. The Northern Lights flicker and dance as they change colour. They draw us out of ourselves in a moment of awe. We might be standing in darkness, but they offer us a new perspective, an experience of something greater than ourselves.
Is this what we are called to be and to do at MCC Newcastle? Are we called to give light and hope to the world? Some of us would say that this has already been our experience of becoming part of MCC Newcastle. We came, hoping that we would find a place where we could be ourselves, where we could belong and renew our relationship with God. In some way, we were in a place of darkness, hoping for light. The warm welcome we received, the inspiring worship we experienced, that irrepressible sense of fun we soon learned to expect are all part of what makes MCC Newcastle such an amazing faith community and it gave us light and hope. As we have become part of this church family, we are the ones who become the Northern Lights giving hope to others.
Over the next month, we will continue to get feedback from the congregation, from our followers on Facebook, Twitter and the wider community on the image. If you are already part of MCC Newcastle, then you may have already been blessed with hope and light. Our new image is to reach those who still are sitting in the darkness.